PRIME Schools in Illinois

East Leyden High School, Franklin Park, IL is recognized for its commitment to the advancement of manufacturing in the Chicago region, East Leyden will begin its PRIME designation in the 2016-17 academic year.

A comprehensive high school, East Leyden offers manufacturing and STEM programs that prepare students for entry level jobs in manufacturing. With 1,733 students, East Leyden is one of only three high schools in the state of Illinois to achieve National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) accreditation.

“Major manufacturers have established an important footprint in the Chicago region, and East Leyden takes pride in the work we do to prepare our students for promising careers with these companies,” said Frank Holthouse, Industrial Technology Department Chair at East Leyden. “We are honored to be part of the PRIME network and especially pleased with the opportunities that it will bring to both our students and faculty.”

Wheeling High School - Chicago, IL Wheeling High School, Wheeling, Ill., is a public, culturally diverse, four-year comprehensive high school with a STEM focus (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Established in 1964, the school is one of six schools in Township High District 214. Course offerings and content are grounded in relevance to the new economy and industries being served providing college credit bearing courses and entry level career certifications including information technology, engineering, architecture and advanced manufacturing. A network of industry professionals from a wide array of fields provides guidance and support.