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Non-Traditional Career and Technical Education Links and Resources

  • Applied Research Center (ARC)
    Download a free Gender Equity Toolkit: Standards and Strategies for Advancing Race, Gender and Economic Equity in the Green Economy.
  • Ball Foundation/Career Vision
    Information on the Ball Career System and a parent brochure containing useful tips for talking to and having fun with your children to promote their career development.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Data from the Department of Labor about the economy, including projections and regional information. Helpful for high schoolers planning their majors and careers.
  • Career Equity Resource Center
    Resources for students, educators and researchers on nontraditional careers.
  • Careers in Construction Industry
    CISCO maintains a complete listing of all Building Trade Apprenticeship programs in northeastern Illinois. The listing includes all information needed to apply for and be accepted in an apprenticeship program.
  • Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT)
    Chicago Women in Trades works to increase the number of women in the skilled trades occupation and to remove the obstructions that keep women from entering and remaining in nontraditional careers. Utilize their site to ask questions and view news and updates in the world of women's trades.
  • Cook County Building and Trades Council
    Get important and timely information on each trade in the Building Trades using the online Apprenticeship in Building Trades booklet.
  • Federation of Women Contractors
    The Federation of Women Contractors (FWC) is committed to the advancement of entrepreneurial women in the construction industry. Its 100-plus members include general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and service related firms representing all facets and of construction.
  • Guide to Career Choices
    These guides provide job descriptions, job outlooks, wage information, and lists the education and training requirements for various occupational groupings within career interest areas.
  • Guide to Career Education
    Lists "The Complete Guide" series to various occupations including "The Complete Guide to Landing a Green Job."
  • JobHuntersBible
    Take an interactive test to learn more about yourself, create a resume, find out about places, fields, companies and salaries, look at job openings and get answers to frequently asked questions about job-hunting.
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
    The Bureau of Workforce Development encourages statewide economic development by cultivating a well-trained workforce. The Bureau identifies youth, adults and dislocated workers who are eligible for assistance under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), assesses their employability skills and provides training in areas of growing employment demand.
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)
    IDES is your direct link to Illinois workforce services such as job placement and referrals, employment and training programs, career and labor market information and more!
  • Illinois Human Rights Act
    Amendments to Section 5 of the Illinois Human Rights Act.
  • Illinois Sex Equity School Administrative Code
    Find what you need to know about sex equity in your school.
  • Illinois WorkNetTM
    Illinois WorkNetTM is a free, online resource that provides career, education and work support information for all Illinois residents and businesses.
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
    District Council 30
    The Painters and Allied Trades Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund provide apprenticeships for those wishing to learn a multitude of skills in the painting trade. This training prepares the apprentice for profitable employment as well as develops the necessary background for good citizenship and craftsmanship.
  • Mapping Your Future
    Take a guided tour of planning a career.
    On this tour, you can find out how to choose a career and how to reach your goal. You can also pick up useful tips on job hunting, resume writing and job interviewing techniques.
  • Military Careers
    Provides career information for all branches of the military.
  • National Alliance for Partnership in Equity (NAPE)
    A consortium of state and local agencies, corporations, and national organizations committed to the advancement of equity and diversity in classrooms and workplaces.
  • National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP)
    Working to increase gender equity in STEM fields. NGCP collaborates with organizations across the country to inform girls about STEM initiatives.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
    An excellent starting place to search for employment information on specific occupations based on data supplied by the federal government on choosing a career and finding a job.
  • Personality Type
    What's your personality type? Take the quiz on this site and find out. Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), learn more about yourself and the people in your life.
  • Salary Wizard
    The Salary Wizard database contains salary information on thousands of job titles. The Salary Wizard also calculates salaries based on job title and geographic location.
  • Self-Directed Search (SDS)
    Take this Self-Directed Search (SDS) and find a job that matches your skills and interests. More than 20 million people worldwide have used the SDS to make informed career choices. (There is a charge for this test.)
  • The Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
    SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women.
  • Southern Illinois Carbondale Center for Workforce Development
    The site includes Internet resources, a tool kit and learning activities for gender equity and non-traditional education.
  • Sprinkler Fitters Local 281
    Learn more about training and apprenticeships in pipefitting.
  • Technical Schools Database
    A clickable map of the United States that lists technical schools for a large variety of occupations.
  • United Nations Entity for Gender Equity (UNESCO)
    Current equity news and trends worldwide.
  • Women in Computer Science
    Computer Science Online provides information for women about Scholarships, College Programs and Career Opportunities in the Computer Science industry.
  • Women Employed
    Women Employed is a leading national supporter for women's economic advancement.  Stay informed on the issues as they build support to improve women's opportunities and incomes.