1. DCEO
  2. Why Illinois
  3. A Highly Educated Workforce

Did You Know?

  •  Nearly one-half of the state's 6 million workers are professionals, skilled technicians, craftspeople or machine operators. Almost 11.3 percent are employed in manufacturing.  Illinois workers are well educated. 56% with education beyond high school.

  •  According to U.S News and World Report, Northwestern has the #2 program in materials, #3 program in manufacturing, and the top marketing program in the U.S.

  • There are 14 Community Colleges in the Chicago area that offer customized job training, professional continuing education and entrepreneurship training.

  • More than 93% of community college students remain in Illinois to work.  Source: Illinois Community College Board, 2011 Fiscal Year

  • University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign is considered one of the largest universities in Illinois, based on the number of students.  Source: College Stats

  • Illinois boasts 209 degree-granting institutions. Many Illinois institutions have world-class reputations. U.S. News and World Report's 2008 rankings of National Universities - Doctoral (schools with a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs that often emphasize research) included three Illinois universities among the top 40: the University of Chicago (9th) Northwestern (14th), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (38th).