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Illinois Valley Community College Manufacturing Technology


Worker Training in Illinois
Illinois has the ability to revitalize the economy through its' resources. The people in Illinois have above average percentage of people earning a Bachelor or higher 31.9% than the United States 29.3%. Illinois is fortunate to have many outstanding higher education and should further look into incentives to keep graduates working at businesses that have or will locate to Illinois.

Latest Illinois Economic Report

North Central Illinois workers
North Central Illinois businesses benefit from a skilled and dependable recognized for a strong Midwestern work ethic. Illinois workers are among the most productive in the world. More than 46 percent have gained education beyond the high school level, and Illinois worker productivity exceeds the national average by $1.18 per hour. Much of this leadership can be attributed to Illinois' long-standing commitment to helping prepare its workforce in the skills needed for jobs with a future. A variety of Illinois programs are geared toward meeting the specific and unique needs of Illinois employers, as well as individuals.  The region is served by Streamlined, cost-effective programs to help Illinois workers keep their skills constant with changing technologies and business processes. Businesses benefit through increased productivity, reduced costs, improved quality and competitiveness.

Business Training Center at IVCC
The Illinois Valley Community College Business Training Center provides training and services to businesses, and cooperate with other local economic development entities to help attract and retain commerce and industry. These centers provide a wide variety of job training and economic development activities, including customized job training for businesses, entrepreneurship training, and job training for unemployed individuals. Local schools, regional vocational centers, community colleges and universities also offer a wide array of vocational and technical training programs to assist Illinois workers in obtaining the skills they need to help businesses grow and prosper. For more information click here or call (815) 224-0645.

Training Programs to Assist Major Employers
New and existing employers in North Central Illinois have tremendous opportunities for low-cost industrial training programs. Depending on training requirements and employer needs, some programs may be available at no cost to the employer. The Economic Development Corporation of North Central Illinois works closely with employers to take advantage of the cost-effective employee-training programs that best suit company requirements. Programs can be customized to meet individual company needs.

Industrial Maintenance Certificate
The Industrial Maintenance and Electrician Certificates can be earned through a combination of classroom learning and hands on learning with the latest classroom and industrial technology. The students are working in the classroom with highly qualified instructors, who have many years of experience and they continue working to bring current field experience to the classroom. 

Manufacturing Technology Associate in Applied Science
The Manufacturing Technology Associate can be earned through a combination of lecture/lab setting that will prepare students for work. The bridge between manufacturing and engineering. Graduates use a combination of theory and “hands on” approach to complete tasks as needed by manufactures to improve quality and productivity. The instructors work closely with local industry and pay attention to national trends. A student can either earn a certificate and AAS non transfer degree or transfer to a four-year university. We offer a state of the facility with modern equipment. Instructors have multiple years of industry and academic experience.

Education & Training
IVCC Manufacturing Technology Training
Illinois Valley Community College Business Training Center
Illinois Bureau of Workforce Development
Business Employment Skills Team
Illinois Employment and Training Center
Illinois Workforce Development System
U.S. Dept. of Labor Employment & Training Administration

Higher Education
"Northwest IL Community College Partnership – For the Best Workforce”
The Northwest Illinois Community College Partnership represents the most robust and skilled workforce in North America. Illinois’ unmatched productivity is well documented, and demonstrated by companies which continue to invest in Illinois, citing the state’s workforce strengths: Click here to read more...

More than 25 technical schools, colleges and universities in the region.
The North Central Illinois region offers premier educational opportunities, with exemplary public schools and access to varied higher education opportunities ranging from state-of-the-art technical programs to more than 25 diverse colleges and universities. According to “Cities Rated and Ranked," metro Chicago is ranked number two out of all United States cities based on education system and opportunities. Northwestern University and the University of Chicago are ranked among the top twenty universities in the world.

North Central Illinois High School Districts with the highest enrollment shows an Average
Student to Teacher ratio of 17:1 ACT Score of 20
Pupil spending of $ 14,943 Graduation Rate of 83%

School District Websites
Click on the links provided below for more information on area school districts.

High School

Ottawa TWP HSD 140 Website Report Card
LaSalle TWP HSD 120 Website Report Card
Streator TWP HSD 40 Website Report Card
Mendota TWP HSD 280 Website Report Card
Princeton HSD 500 Website Report Card
Seneca TWP HSD 160 Website Report Card
Hall HSD 502 Website Report Card
Bureau Valley CUSD 340 Website Report Card
Putnam CUSD 535 Website Report Card
Serena CUSD 2 Website Report Card
Earlville CUSD 9 Website Report Card
DePue USD 103 Website Report Card
La Moille CUSD 303 Website Report Card
Leland CUSD 1 Website Report Card
Ohio CHSD 505 Website Report Card
LP Christian School Website  
Marquette Academy Website  
Ottawa Christian Academy Website  
St. Bede Academy Website  

North Central Illinois Public High Schools
The below graph shows education facts on North Central Illinois public high schools.

North Central Illinois 

Public High School


Per Teacher


Score Mean





Report Card

Ottawa TWP HSD 140  18:1 22 $ 14,166 85% Ottawa TWP HSD 140 Report Card
LaSalle TWP HSD 120  18:1 20  $ 14,682 86% LaSalle TWP HSD 120 Report Card
Streator TWP HSD 40  18:1 21 $ 14,195 81% Streator TWP HSD 40 Report Card
Mendota TWP HSD 280   19:1 22  $ 13,557 87% Mendota TWP HSD 280 Report Card
Princeton HSD 500   20:1 23  $ 9,776 91% Princeton HSD 500 Report Card
Seneca TWP HSD 160   13:1 22  $ 27,796 93% Seneca TWP HSD 160 Report Card
Hall HSD 502   18:1 22  $ 11,077 84% Hall HSD 502 Report Card
Bureau Valley CUSD 340   17:1  20 $ 13,119 91% Bureau Valley CUSD 340 Report Card
Putnam CUSD 535  13:1 22  $ 12,551 87% Putnam CUSD 535 Report Card
Serena CUSD 2  14:1  19   $ 13,390 93% Serena CUSD 2 Report Card
Earlville CUSD 9  19:1  19  $ 12,178 94% Earlville CUSD 9 Report Card
DePue USD 103  15:1  18 $ 11,764 82% DePue USD 103 Report Card
La Moille CUSD 303  7:1  20  $ 16,207  95% La Moille CUSD 303 Report Card
Leland CUSD 1 10:1  20 N/A  88% Leland CUSD 1 Report Card
Ohio CHSD 505  5:1  N/A N/A  N/A Ohio CHSD 505 Report Card
LP Christian School          
Marquette Academy          
Ottawa Christian Academy          
St. Bede Academy          

School District Report Cards     State of Illinois Board of Education

Colleges and Universities
Click on the provided links below for more information about colleges and universities that serve the North Central Illinois area.

College and Universities


Illinois Valley Community College-North Central Illinois Oglesby, Ottawa
Lincoln College Bachelors Degree Programs at IVCC North Central Illinois
Augustana College Rock Island
Aurora University Aurora
Benedictine University Lisle
Bradley University Peoria
College of Dupage Glen Ellyn
Concordia University River Forest
DeVry University Tinley Park
Dominican University River Forest
Elmhurst College Elmhurst
Governors State University University Park
Illinois State University Normal
Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington
Joliet Junior College Joliet
Lewis University Romeoville, Tinley Park
North Central College Naperville
Northern Illinois University (NIU) DeKalb
Northwestern Universit Evanston
Robert Morris College Orland Park
Trinity Christian College Palos Heights
Triton College River Grove
University of St. Francis Joliet
Western Illinois University Macomb, Moline
Wheaton College Wheaton



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