Colleges and Programs

Illinois Career Information System – This system is offered to Illinois residents with a variety of services. It is free-of-charge career exploration tool where a career path, education and training can be explored by middle and high school students as well as individuals currently in the workforce.

Learn More Earn More – This .pdf file posted by the State of Illinois, Department of Employment Security, is well worth bringing up and reviewing if you are in the process of exploring careers you may wish to pursue. Included in the content is detailed information on high wage, in demand occupations through 2026 in the state.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) – Have you ever thought that college might not be possible for you? Does the whole process seem too out-of-reach and overwhelming? This organization is here to help you obtain education beyond high school so that you can set your sites on career prospects and a future salary of good earning.

Illinois College2Career – This website is still being developed by several departments in the State of Illinois to provide additional clarity to students and parents relative to information on Illinois two-year and four-year higher education institutions. The aim is to clarify the career outcomes, of graduates of state higher education institutions, from a specific academic area of study point-of-view.

EdD Programs – If you are considering an advanced degree in education, you may want to check out this website for degree programs and doctoral funding opportunities.

Illinois Community College Board, Adult Education and Literacy – If you are one of the many Illinois residents who may lack the literacy skills needed to obtain a good job and function effectively in a complex society, this organization addresses your needs with uniquely suited education and services for adult learners.

College Scholarships, Illinois – The ‘Quick Navigation’ feature on this website will help you find financial aid and scholarship information.

Illinois College Grants Database – If you are a returning to college student, many options available for funding your higher education are provided on this website. Many grants and scholarships are listed for you to research and consider.

Most Affordable Colleges in Illinois – If you are concerned about transfer credit to an Illinois institute of higher learning, or if you need guidance on locating a college that is affordable to you, or maybe you are just perusing the grant and scholarship options for the state…..this site is a great resource.

Teacher Certification Degrees, Illinois – If it’s your desire to become a teacher in the state of Illinois, there are many paths to certification. The various certification processes are outlined for you on this website.

ILMA Scholarships – If you are a current student enrolled in a natural resource discipline related to lake and/or watershed management, the Illinois Lakes Management Association offers undergraduate and graduate scholarships on an annual basis.

Healthcare Pathways, Illinois – WOW! This is a wonderful website for information on the healthcare industry in Illinois relative to schools (long list here with offerings at each), education requirements for specific healthcare jobs, career and employer information. Definitely worth a look if you want to work in the healthcare industry or if you are currently in a career but want to maximize your potential or expand your expertise and skillset.

 

Job Seekers and Career

Illinois Job Link – If you aren’t sure where to begin your job search, here is a super easy state website that provides ease-of-use search capability. A login is required but this site may be well worth adding another set of credentials to your login/password list. Of special interest is the Career Lattice tool. If you are an individual seeking to advance your career but not sure where to start, the Career Lattice is a super tool to begin planning your next move.

Illinois workNet Center – Here is a phenomenal portal, sponsored by the Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, offering an abundance of real-time access to workforce development resources and tools to assist individuals, employers and education professionals achieve their training and employment goals. Everything from apprenticeships to assistance for dislocated workers resources can be found. Easy to navigate and a visually intuitive design make searching and researching this site a breeze.

Illinois Government Jobs – Here’s a handy listing of government job openings by county, city, tribal sites, public utilities and other categories.

State of Illinois, Summer Jobs – If you don’t mind opening a .pdf file, this online brochure may point you in the right direction relative to summer employment. As well, with some helpful links, you can get a glimpse of how your interests relate to various occupations, careers and the world of work.

iHireConstruction, Illinois – Very simply, you want a job in construction in the state of Illinois? Look no further than this search tool.

Illinois Engineering, Science and Law Internship Program – The Illinois EPA has opportunities for students to acquire real world experience in the duties and assignments of how EPA work is integral to the protection and betterment of the state’s environment.

Illinois Estimates (State Occupational Employment and Wage Information) – Estimates on employment and wages for the state of Illinois by job category are available on this webpage of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics site. A great resource to review, perhaps, before you make that commitment to embarking on your career or even before a career educational program is undertaken.

 

Leadership and Development

Illinois Rural Health Information Hub – If you want the latest information on current healthcare situations or perhaps, just update yourself on trends and articles of the profession, this webpage on the RHI Hub is a super resource.

Illinois Farm Families, Watch Us Grow – Here is a place where you may listen to a variety of voices from families who care about growing safe and healthy food. For members of this group, families come first where working the farm sustainably for generations who come next is the mission.

Teach, Talk, Learn – The Illinois State BOE offers this web subsite to help educators, as they design curriculum, to build nurturing and supportive environments for their students. Educators have access to instructional resources by subject and grade level.

Illinois Health Organizations – If it’s a convenient, long list of organizations and affiliations in the healthcare industry across Illinois is what you need, look here!

Illinois Technology Association – This organization exists to help you as you build your team, promote your business and network with fellow professionals. Membership is by company (large, small and everything in between) and all employees of companies can utilize the benefits, resources and services offered.

Arts for Illinois – Here is a place to connect, express and inspire. This online platform is offered to feature talented artists. Performers, singers, poets, painters, writers and many more from across the state.

Wild Illinois (Sierra Club) – Become a member of this organization and you will be a part of a group that works to protect the Illinois environment through activism, outings, politics and legislation. Go here to explore, enjoy and protect Illinois!!

 

Entrepreneurs and Start-ups

Illinois Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology – This organization supports entrepreneurs, innovators and small businesses in the state of Illinois by providing ad hoc services, information and technical support. Individual business advice and planning is at no cost for existing companies wishing to expand as well as new startups.

 

Illinois Office of SBA – This website has an abundance of good and necessary information for the small business owner. Additional helpful information on topics such as licensing, trade name registration, permits and zoning ordinances.

Dare Mighty Things – Are you looking for inspiration? Though focused in the city of Chicago, these stories of people who built something they believed will serve as that inspiration you may just need to pursue the venture of your dreams or provide reassurance that you are headed in the right direction.

How to Start a Business in Illinois – WOW! This site is a super resource for instructions and guidance on your business venture startup.

Starting Your Business in Illinois – If you are a ‘step-by-step’ person, then this website on how to start your Illinois business in 7 steps will be a great resource for you. Behind each step is further information and guidance that is clear and concise without being overwhelming.

BusinessNameUSA – When this site says ‘One Stop Business Registration’ they mean it!! No matter what state, what type of business you are starting up or adding on to, licenses, permits, tax ID’s needed, you will be walked step-by-step through the process AND get a fee schedule so you know your due diligence start-up costs – at least from an administrative standpoint.

Illinois Small Business Grants – State funding agencies, categories and the application itself can be found here.

 

Veterans

Illinois Joining Forces – IJF helps services members, veterans and their families navigate the “sea of goodwill” to find the support needed. If you are one of our nation’s heroes and need assistance making sense of what organization does what relative to your benefits and post-active duty life, you may want to visit this website for help.

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs - Many of the services needed by our country’s well-deserved veterans can be found here. Compensation claims, counsel on employment, educational programs, medical care entitlement, nursing home assistance, and other related activities and resources for veterans are available.

Illinois U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – On this site, veterans will find an abundance of information on centers, facilities, programs, benefits, and much much more. A super resource for our nation’s heroes.

The American Legion – Illinois – Here is a comprehensive resource directory to assist veterans, service members, and their dependents with questions about healthcare, financial assistant, and more.