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Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Cluster: Development, production, processing and distribution of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/resources.

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Architecture and Construction Cluster: Designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining the built environment including the use of green technologies.

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Energy Cluster: Developing, planning, and managing the production of energy including renewable energy and clean coal technology and its distribution through smart grid technologies.

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Finance: Securities and investments, business finance, accounting, insurance, and banking services.

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Health Science Cluster: Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic, diagnostic, health informatics, and support services as well as biomedical research and development.

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Information Technology Cluster: Designing, developing, managing, supporting and integrating hardware and software systems.

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Manufacturing Cluster: Product and process development and managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related support activities.

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Research and Development Cluster: Scientific research and professional and technical services including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.

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Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Cluster: Planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods across all transportation modes as well as maintaining and improving transportation technologies.

Welcome to the Illinois Pathways Initiative!


Illinois State SealIllinois Pathways, funded through Race to the Top, is a new and innovative State of Illinois-led STEM education initiative designed to support college and career readiness for all students. Supported by a partnership between the State of Illinois' education and economic development agencies, Illinois Pathways supports local programs that empower students to explore their academic and career interests while also supporting new statewide, public-private partnerships known as Learning Exchanges that better coordinate investments, resources and planning for tho​​se programs. Access the links above to learn more about Illinois Pathways, career pathways, or the recently announced solicitation for STEM Learning Exchanges.

  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Illinois State Board of Education
  • Illinois Community College Board
  • Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security


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