Governor launches college and career planning tool

For the first time, Illinois high school students will have access to data which shows how much they might earn if they graduate from colleges and universities in the state.

ILCollege2Career.com, unveiled at Gov. Bruce Rauner’s quarterly Children’s Cabinet meeting, links employment and higher education data so users can compare the relative earnings value of college degrees. The data is broken down by schools and area of study, so that students can compare the earnings potential of business degrees, for example, from different public and private institutions in the state.

The idea is to help students and parents make college decisions based on an evaluation of real-time successes of a school’s graduates, in addition to other factors such as cost, average debt levels, and likelihood to graduate on time. The tool will also show the benefits of investing in higher education, as it demonstrates how connected a thriving higher education system is to the state’s workforce development.

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