young teacher4 072420VILLA PARK – To encourage more qualified people to enter the education field, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is excited to announce seven DuPage County schools will receive Education Career Pathways Grants from the Illinois State Board of Education.

“Our teachers train the future leaders of our great state,” Cullerton said. “This grant will help DuPage County schools recruit qualified and passionate teachers to guide and educate our children.”

The DuPage Area Occupational Education System #090 has been awarded $248,997, which will be distributed to seven high schools in DuPage County to assist these schools in developing Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to prepare students for careers in education. Among this group Addison Trail High School, Willowbrook High School and Lake Park High School are set to receive this assistance.  

CTE programs help students develop technical and employability skills while strengthening their core academic abilities to enable them to pursue higher education opportunities and succeed in the workforce. Students in CTE programs also have the opportunity to earn dual credit or credentials and certifications from partner institutions prior to high school graduation.

The programs will place a special focus on recruiting underrepresented students into education careers to help meet the high demand for teachers of color across Illinois.

“Schools with educators from diverse backgrounds support students’ cultural identities and enrich the learning atmosphere for all children,” Cullerton said. “We must continue to implement programs that encourage diversity and inclusion at every stage of our students' lives.”

Nearly $2 million in total funding has been awarded to 11 Education for Employment Systems statewide to recruit and support future educators at 62 high schools and vocational centers. For a full list of grant recipients or to learn more about career and college readiness programs in Illinois, visit