Local Colleges & Universities


Morton is ideally located less than 45 miles and under an hour's drive from 12 different Colleges and Universities, providing your company a robust workforce pool from which to draw.  These are students accustomed to this community and the chances of them staying for a job opportunity are significant.  As the EDC, we maintain relationships with the local schools in order to work collaboratively and help align their academic programs and graduating students with your workforce needs.  Please find a list of possible workforce pipelines below.

Primary & Secondary Readiness Channels


The Morton community prioritizes workforce readiness throughout a student's entire education.  

Opportunities at the Junior High Level:

  • STEAM CareerMaker Lab at Morton Junior High School
  • CareerSpark Event held by the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council:  This once a year event provides a full day to explore, experience, and be inspired by the careers available in the Greater Peoria Area.  Morton students have attended since its inception and the program grows every year.
  • Junior Achievement: Morton students have access to a range of Junior Achievement programs to help give them the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart economic choices.

Opportunities at the High School Level

  • Junior Achievement Programs for the High School Level
  • The Morton Mentor Program:  The Morton Mentor Program matches Morton CUSD 709 High School students with local mentors possessing professional knowledge, skills, contacts, and resources.
  • Manufacturing Expos
  • Culinary Open Houses
  • Health Expos
  • And more




The Morton Economic Development Council exists to positively shape the future of Morton. 

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