Early College and Career Academy

The Early College and Career Academy (ECCA) is a joint effort of Education for Employment System #330 and Parkland College. ECCA is a program for high school juniors and seniors to earn credits that count toward a high school diploma and college, all while gaining skills in six different Parkland College degree programs: Manufacturing, Automotive Technology, Computer Networking, Certified Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medical Services, and Criminal Justice. 

Professional Development

Workshops for teachers, counselors, and administrators, designed to connect educators with local business and industry.

8th Grade Career Conference

2,400+ eighth graders from across the area attend this annual event at the I Hotel and Conference Center. Students gain valuable insight about careers available in central Illinois. Professionals from many different areas speak to the students about what it takes to be successful in the professional world and what they can start doing now to be prepared. 


A partnership with Parkland College and our Local Trade Unions to expose 8th graders to careers in the trades.  Students participate in numerous demonstrations and hands-on interactive stations related to the building trades and industrial technology. These stations are led by representatives from the building trades and Parkland College's Agriculture and Engineering Science and Technology department.  

Career Cruising

Online career development system for our middle schools and high schools. Students begin with an interest profiler that serves as the baseline for education plans, employment opportunities, post-secondary exploration, etc. 

Summer Construction Program

High school juniors and seniors learn construction related skills through classroom presentation and structured lab time. Students gain hands-on experience by participating in a Habitat for Humanity home build, visiting trade union halls, and learning how to apply for a Union Apprenticeship. During this program, students will earn: OSHA certification, $500 stipend, and 1 High School credit.