Great access to markets and a well-prepared workforce

Edwardsville schools make college and career readiness a priority, and it shows. At 97%, the graduation rate is one of the best in the state, and 86% of students graduate ready with the skills they need to enter college or the job market.

The high school offers advanced placement classes in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and computer science. Many students receive technical training at the Nelson Campus of Lewis & Clark Community College – a high-tech career education center providing access to state-of-the-art technology and training for jobs in manufacturing and other industries.

Community colleges play an important role in preparing the area’s workforce for manufacturing jobs. Lewis & Clark Community College in Edwardsville and nearby Southwestern Illinois College offer Associate degrees and certificates in many key areas, including:

  • Precision machining technology
  • Welding and industrial maintenance
  • Logistics and truck driver training
  • Drafting and Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Industrial pipefitting
  • Engineering Science
  • Electronics technology and industrial electricity
  • Process operations and industrial technology

Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) stands ready to assist manufacturers with the resources and capabilities of a large network of manufacturing service providers throughout the country and provides funding through several state and federal programs.

If it’s space you need, Edwardsville offers plenty of choices. The Lakeview Commerce Center – a light industrial and logistics hub – is just one example. Lakeview offers more than 3.4 million square feet of existing warehouses and other buildings and more than 400 acres ready for development.

Edwardsville’s extraordinary network of state and interstate highways and proximity to St. Louis offers manufacturers endless options for quickly getting their raw materials in and finished products out to markets almost anywhere:

  • Two major airports provide national and international air cargo services
  • The Norfolk Southern Railroad provides rail service to markets throughout the country and to ports along the Eastern Seaboard.
  • America’s Central Port on the Mississippi River can get your products to more than half of the U.S. population and businesses in just two days!

Click on the links to learn more about the many benefits manufacturers in Edwardsville enjoy.

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