Governor Bruce Rauner unveils new online college and career planning tool

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner unveiled a new web-based college and career planning tool Thursday morning.

The tool,, links employment and higher education data so users can learn what they might earn based on where they go to school.

The data is broken down by college type (4-year or 2-year) and area of study. This allows users to compare the earning potential of specific in-state college degrees.

The tool also shows the percent of students who graduate or advance, cost after financial aid or out-of-district tuition and fees, student debt, earnings in Illinois and earnings growth in Illinois.

The Governor's Office, Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Student Assistance Commission and Illinois Department of Employment Security collaborated to create the tool.

Employers can use the tool to compare schools and programs within the schools to predict the quality of employee they will produce, the governor's office said.

"In order to grow our economy, we need to give our young people the best education system possible, so they will choose to live, learn and work here in Illinois," Rauner said in a statement. "This multi-agency effort is making it easier for our students to be informed about their higher education choices and illustrates the competitiveness of our schools right here in the state."

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