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Olivet Nazarene University

With more than 140 fields of study and enrollment of nearly 5,000, ONU is consistently ranked as a College of Distinction and in 2021, was ranked as the #2 Best Value Regional University in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.

The private university offers students more than 140 areas of study, 90 clubs and organizations, 22 intercollegiate athletic teams, study-abroad and volunteer experiences around the world, and benefit from a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

ONU’s ABET-accredited Martin D. Walker School of Engineering has seen strong growth over the last decade, now offering nine concentrations, including Architectural, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical engineering, Data Science program and Cybersecurity Defense major and 13 optional industry certifications.

ONU’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies offers nearly 20 master’s degrees in such fields as business, counseling, education, nursing, ministry, teaching and educational administration, as well as nontraditional adult degree completion programs and a Doctor of Education degree in Ethical Leadership.

Kankakee Community College

Kankakee Community College has award-winning and accredited programs to train the workforce and prepare students to transfer to 4-year universities and complete bachelor’s degrees. The college builds its career programs with input from advisory committees made up of local business and industry. As a direct result, the Industrial Machinery Registered Apprenticeship program began in 2018. Similarly, the electrical engineering technology program prepares students for renewable energy careers including solar, wind and geothermal. The new Advanced Technology Education Center—a LEED Gold building—provides the training space.

The Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center gives students hands-on experience in sought-after skills: fabrication, machine tool, welding, millwright, and transportation/logistics. KCC’s health program graduates score above state and national averages for both employment and pass rates on certification and credential exams. The Continuing Education, Career Services and Adult Education areas also meets the community’s needs through custom training, personal enrichment, GED® preparation and other avenues.

Governors State University


Founded in 1969, Governors State University (GSU) is a four-year public university in University Park, Illinois, that champions openness, innovation and flexibility. Serving more than 5,500 students, GSU offers 64 degree and 24 certificate programs and our students earn the qualifications needed to succeed in business, industry, healthcare, the arts and education.