Excellent school districts are abundant in Southwestern Illinois providing a high-quality education that is helping prepare the workforce of tomorrow. Throughout the area, you will also find a variety of distinctive education institutions. The region is home to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, McKendree University, Lewis and Clark Community College, Southwestern Illinois College, and Kaskaskia College, Washington University, St. Louis University, Lindenwood University, University of Missouri-St. Louis and Webster University are among the several additional institutions of higher learning that can be found just across the river. All institutions have academic advisors available on base, to help students navigate available programs. Excellent training opportunities are also available for those seeking to enter the trades.

Education is one of the five essential pillars of the Leadership Council and one of the initial foundation committees of the organization in 1983. Founding members of the Leadership Council recognized this field as a key component of development in Southwestern Illinois. The Education Committee has established several key initiatives to create a strong voice for educational institutions and business connected efforts:

  • Serving as an education advocate for regional issues and school construction funding
  • Developing a regional communications network between education and business to address specific job needs and career tech programs
  • Identifying new opportunities between business and education to meet job skill shortages
  • Developing an education directory on Leadership Council website for industry specific resources and training