Edwardsville offers a workforce of more than 1.2 million within just an hour’s drive and very conveniently connected by a very strong network of state and interstate highways. This is a workforce that is ready and well prepared to meet the needs of your business. Workers support a wide a range of industries with their diverse skill sets while earning average wages that are lower than the national average.
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 the students here graduate college and are career ready.
High school students here can take advanced placement classes in economics and statistics as well as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Many also attend the Nelson Campus of Lewis & Clark Community College in Edwardsville– a high-tech career education center where students work with state-of-the-art technology and receive training for the most demanding jobs in business, manufacturing and other industries.
Lewis & Clark Community College, along with Southwestern Illinois College located nearby, also play an important role at the college level in preparing the area’s workforce with programs including:
- Retail and customer service
- New media technologies and web design
- Business and management
- Office administration
- Allied health sciences
- Computer information and technology
- High tech manufacturing and industrial technology
- Automotive technology and repair
- Electronics technology and industrial electricity
Edwardsville is also home to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), which prepares students for careers requiring four-year and graduate STEM degrees or business degrees in administration, accounting, finance, and marketing.
If your company has specialized training needs, Madison County Government has a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant to offset the costs of on-the-job training. The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) also stands ready to assist with hands-on training, development, and coaching.
The City of Edwardsville can help you attract and retain the best and brightest for your business. Just click on the links to learn more about the many ways we are preparing a large and capable workforce to meet your needs.