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Effingham County has long been known for a quality workforce. In short, Effingham County residents are willing to put forth the effort to achieve better lives for themselves and their families. Local industries offer high praise for their hardworking team members who support their employers with a solid day’s work and in many cases, more. That attitude is sharpened by the many workers who grew up on our area’s farms with a tradition of hard work, problem-solving, independence, and personal responsibility.
That attitude also extends to our area’s schools and the exceptional educational opportunities. You’ll see it in high attendance and graduation rates, test scores that document successful learning and career-focused K-12 programs. Many students take advantage training offered in skill areas such as welding, CNC manufacturing, machining, robotics, construction, healthcare, food handling, agriculture, 3D printing, computer-aided design, film production, a wide range of health care careers, business, and more, as well as a rich menu of dual-credit programs that prepare students for college success.
We’re particularly proud of Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) and Construction Trades Education Curriculum (CTEC) and The Health Occupation Program, which introduces high school students to the skills needed to start and manage businesses. The programs provide leadership, budgeting, marketing, business plan development, and other skills, along with mentoring to strengthen a real-world understanding.
Another way business and schools are linked is through the annual Manufacturing Day, a large October celebration of our county’s manufacturing industry. Students, educators, and local leaders are encouraged to visit area manufacturers to deepen their knowledge of career opportunities and the importance of manufacturing to the local economy.
Local residents also have access to a wealth of higher education providers offering degrees and certificates in manufacturing trades, business and industry, health occupations, and other fields. Lake Land College offers both traditional and customized adult education that is delivered on campus in Effingham and Mattoon, or at an employer’s location.
Learn more about our schools through the links below.