Economic Development

Education & Training

The major universities and vocational schools in the St. Louis region are:

Lewis & Clark Community College
Godfrey IL & Edwardsville IL

Principia College
Elsah IL

Southern Illinois University
School of Dental Medicine
Alton IL

Missouri Baptist University
Godfrey IL

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville IL

Kaskaskia College
Centralia IL

McKendree University
Lebanon IL

Southwestern Illinois College
Belleville, Granite City & Red Bud IL

Fontbonne University
St. Louis MO

Harris-Stowe State University
St. Louis MO

Lindenwood University
St. Charles MO

Maryville University
St. Louis MO

Missouri Baptist University
St. Louis MO

Ranken Technical College
St. Louis MO

Saint Louis University
St. Louis MO

University of Missouri
St. Louis MO

University of Phoenix
St. Louis MO

Washington University
St. Louis MO

Webster University
St. Louis MO

University & College Training Programs

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

International Trade Center
(ITC) assists businesses in areas of export sales and foreign trade opportunities. 618-650-3851 |

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

By assisting entrepreneurs and companies in defining their path to success, the SBDC network positively impacts the Metro East Illinois region by strengthening the business community, creating and retaining new jobs, and encouraging new investment. The SBDC enhances Metro East Illinois’s economic interests providing one-stop assistance to individuals by means of counseling, research, and advocacy for new ventures and existing small businesses. When appropriate, the SBDC strives to affiliate its ties to the Southwestern Illinois Region to support the goals and objectives of both the SIUE School of Business and the University at large.  618-650-2929 |

Lewis and Clark Community College

Partner with Workforce Education, Solutions & Safety Training (WESST) for cutting-edge customized training for your workforce. Utilizing the science of instructional design, we will help you assess the behavioral and skills requirements you need from your workers, and create a solution in direct response to your training needs. An entire program of instruction or a stand-alone seminar can be provided through this service.  618-468-5787 |

State & County Training Programs


Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Region Specific Assistance

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Illinois Department of Employment Security

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Services for Employers

The Illinois Department of Employment Security, through its job service component, assigns full-time staff to work with employers. Assistance is available through on-site visits.

Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC)

IMEC is a team of improvement specialists and technicians dedicated to providing organizations in Illinois with the tools and techniques to create sustainable competitive futures. The experienced hands-on team at IMEC works closely with its clients to plan critical business improvements in the areas of Leadership, Strategy, Customer Engagement, Operations, and Workforce.  888-806-4632

Madison County Employment and Training Department 

The Madison County Employment and Training Department’s primary responsibilities are to administer employment and training programs under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) and other state and federal funding sources.  A focus of Madison County Employment and Training is to create partnerships between business and government that will establish services that prepare customers for employment. All the services offered by the Department are designed to assist either business or job seekers. These services include job listings, employment training, skills assessment, career counseling, job search assistance, vocational training, on-the-job training, recruitment assistance, youth employment and training, job and career fairs, referral services and many other types of employer/employee assistance. 618-296-4445