Sen. Bennett’s Legislation Sparks Annual Job Demand Report to Strengthen Illinois’ Workforce

As of July 1st, the Illinois Board of Higher Education will annually release a comprehensive list of the most in-demand jobs in the state. This list is an outcome of legislation sponsored by State Senator Tom Bennett (R-Gibson City) to help bridge the gap between education and the evolving workforce of Illinois.

“This new law represents a significant step forward in preparing our students for successful careers in a rapidly changing job market,” said Sen. Bennett. “By providing educators with valuable information on job trends, we empower them to make a real difference in their students’ lives and the economic health of our state.”

Senate Bill 2862, sponsored by Senator Bennett earlier this year, is a collaborative effort that will benefit educators and students by helping them make well-informed decisions about their futures, tailor their teaching strategies to equip students with the skills necessary for the most sought-after jobs, prioritize funding for programs that align with high-demand job sectors, and encourage stronger connections between schools and local businesses.

“An important goal of the state’s strategic plan for higher education is to ensure our post-secondary graduates are equipped to be successful in any job in our state, and this bill will help strengthen the state’s workforce by retaining talent in Illinois” said IBHE Executive Director Ginger Ostro. “We commend Senator Tom Bennett for his partnership in passing this legislation.”

This list will be made available to the public on the Board of Higher Education’s official website, providing educators, students, and the community with essential insights into the job market.

Tom Bennett

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