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Give your students the tools for building a bright future through career exploration, work experiences, and mastering soft skills to thrive in the workforce.

educatorsGreater Peoria Pathways is Greater Peoria’s resource hub for building a focused, experienced, and driven workforce from today’s students. As an educator, you can actively offer your students advantages today that will put them ahead of the pack tomorrow.

GP Pathways connects you with resources to help your students

  • Research workforce data,
  • Utilize career development tools,
  • Find opportunities to gain work experience,
  • Connect with professionals ready to invest in Greater Peoria’s young people.

If you’re not using Career Cruising, you’re missing out on the most comprehensive career development & exploration tool out there.

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Career Cruising is an online, licensed tool that provides a customized environment to help students, with support from their educators and parents, explore careers.  This tool is made available at no cost to educators and students in Greater Peoria through funding provided by PERFECT, the Tazewell Area Education for Employment office, and CIVEC.

On the Career Cruising website, educators can connect with area employers to:

  • Invite employers to your school,
  • Discover internship and job-shadowing opportunities for their students,
  • Visit workplaces to learn more about careers.

Talk with your school counselor or administration about accessing the site. Already know your account info?

Log In →

Know Greater Peoria’s hottest job markets

Sharing hiring trends and hot job markets with students creates a path to success. Here are the jobs in demand around our region.

Healthcare

  • Registered Nurse
    Average Salary: $68,030
    Education: 4-year program
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
    Average Salary:$44,870
    Education: 2-year program
  • Certified Nurse Assistant
    Average Salary: $25,260
    Education: 1-semester program
  • Medical Assistant
    Average Salary: $31,230
    Education: 2-year program
  • Medical Lab Tech
    Average Salary: $43,070
    Education:  2-year program
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
    Average Salary: $32,970
    Education: 2-year program

Manufacturing & Engineering

  • Engine and Machine Assemblers
    Average Salary: $37,330
  • Welder
    Average Salary: $37,710
    Education: 1-semester & 1-year certificate programs
  • CNC Machinist
    Average Salary: $47,430
    Education: 1.5-year degree program
  • Maintenance Technician
    Average Salary: $48,180
    Education: 1.5-year certificate & 2-year degree program
  • Process Engineer 
    Average Salary: $79,120
    Education: 2 & 4-year degree programs
  • Mechanical Engineer
    Average Salary: $84,420
    Education: 2 & 4-year degree programs

Information Technology

  • Computer Systems Analyst
    Average Salary: $85,500
    Education: 4-year degree program
  • Applications Software Developer
    Average Salary: $85,740
    Education: 4-year degree program
  • Database Administrators
    Average Salary: $80,850
    Education: 2 & 4-year degree programs
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
    Average Salary: $77,520
    Education: 1-year certificate, 2 & 4-year degree programs
  • Computer Programmers
    Average Salary: $74,060
    Education: 2-year certificate, 2 & 4-year degree programs

See a career you think you might like? Access your Career Cruising account to learn about area schools and programs where you can get the education or training you'll need. Don't have your Career Cruising account info? Ask you school counselor.

Building Trades

  • Electricians
    Average Salary: $69,940
    Apprenticeship: 3 & 5-year paid
  • Boilmakers
    Average Salary: $64,270
    Apprenticeship: 4-year paid
  • Bricklayers
    Average Salary: $70,910
    Apprenticeship: 3.5-year paid
  • Elevator Constructors
    Average Salary: $83,020
    Apprenticeship: 5-year paid
  • Heat & Frost Insulators
    Average Salary: $78,420
    Apprenticeship: 5-year paid
  • Cement Masons
    Average Salary: $58,030
    Apprenticeship: 3-year paid
  • Iron Workers
    Average Salary: $79,600
    Apprenticeship: 3-year paid
  • Painters
    Average Salary: $57,020
    Apprenticeship: 3-year paid
  • Plasterers
    Average Salary: $76,620
    Apprenticeship: 4-year paid
  • Plumbers, Steamfitters, & Sprinklerfitters
    Average Salary: $71,810
    Apprenticeship: 5-year paid
  • Roofers
    Average Salary: $46,440
    Apprenticeship: 4-year paid
  • Sheet Metal Workers
    Average Salary: $65,230
    Apprenticeship: 4-year paid
  • Operating Engineers
    Average Salary: $69,980
    Apprenticeship: 4-year paid
  • Carpenters
    Average Salary: $56,860
    Apprenticeship: 4-year paid
  • Construction Laborers
    Average Salary: $51,630
    Apprenticeship: 3-year paid

Not every career requires a college degree. Here’s how to connect your students with the Building Trades.

Your students can step into the skilled labor force of the building trades right out of high school. Here’s where to start exploring the building trades.

Get Started with the Building Trades

0For more information on the types of building trades careers and how to begin apprenticing, download the Union Building Trades Apprenticeship Programs booklet.

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Programs that bring real-world experience and success into schools and classrooms

Girls who Code

girlswhocodeOnly 18% of today’s computer science graduates are women, but Girls Who Code is out to change that! With a custom curriculum providing you all the training and materials you need to teach programming, web development, mobile app, or robotics, you have everything you need to start your own Girls Who Code club. Let’s put Peoria on the Girls who Code map!

SkillsUSA

skills-usaSkillsUSA is a nationwide organization aimed at preparing students for success through engaging, competitive,  and project-based Career & Technical education programming. SkillsUSA provides middle and high school students the opportunity to grow in what they love to do, from culinary arts to engineering, and more. Find out how to start a chapter or email IllinoisSkillsUSA Coordinator Eric Hill.

Junior Achievement

junior_achievement-140x95Highlight Greater Peoria careers and invite area professionals to teach your students. Junior Achievement connects professional volunteers with your classroom to expose your students to career opportunities while teaching them everything from soft skills, economics, entrepreneurism, and more! Request a Junior Achievement volunteer today! Learn more →

More Online Tools from Junior Achievement

JA My Way

Students can join JA My Way™ to get tips and tools to put your career on the express track. Take the Personality Quiz then visit My Career to find job matches. Explore buying a car and saving for college in My Money, create pro resumes at My Resume, or get tips to start a business at My Business.

Sign Up →

JA Build Your Future

JA Build Your Future helps teens, their parents, and teachers break down the cost of achieving young people’s career goals. In JA Build Your Future, teens can assess more than 100 careers, see what levels of education are required, then calculate the cost of education. Teens can then adjust the level of money they and their parents may contribute, combined with student loans they may need to secure.

Sign Up →

Event Calendar

Take advantage of these area career development events

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Employers want workers with soft skills. Teach the soft skills using edmettle.

skills4Employers are experiencing a talent gap between the existing and the incoming workforce. They are ready and willing to hire new workers, and one quality they’re really looking for when hiring is an employable attitude.

An employable attitude demonstrates that a person has soft skills, skills related to working productively with others.

What’s the best way to teach soft skills?

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Find ways to grow these skills in your students now, and they will be miles ahead when entering the workforce.

Equip your students for greater success and create an edmettle class at your school! Learn More→

What are the soft skills?

  • A Strong Work Ethic…
  • Positive Attitude…
  • Good Communication Skills…
  • Time Management Abilities…
  • Problem-Solving Skills…
  • Acting as a Team Player…
  • Self-Confidence…
  • Ability to Accept and Learn From Criticism…
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