With education and workforce so closely related, Grundy County is well positioned to produce both skilled and educated candidates for local employers through a combination of strong and successful elementary and secondary schools, vocational training opportunities and a nationally recognized junior college.



Served by 9 grade school districts, a private elementary school and 6 high school districts Grundy County enjoys an excellent track record for positioning its students to complete high school and begin college when compared to state and national levels.  Visit the links to the right to learn more about each district.

Vocational Education

Grundy County is home to the Grundy Area Vocational Center (GAVC) which provides career training programs for high school students in a variety of occupational fields.  Programs at GAVC are designed to meet the needs of local industry and prepare for the demands of tomorrow’s changing workforce.  Course offerings include:
Automotive Technology
Building Trades
Computer Applications
Computer Maintenance
Criminal Justice
Early Childhood Education
Fire Science
Health Occupations
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Higher Education

Serving as a partner in higher education and workforce training, Joliet Junior College (JJC) serves Grundy County as a comprehensive community college that provides occupational education, business and industry training, and pre-baccalaureate programs for students transferring to a four-year university.

Grundy County’s proximity to some of the State’s most prestigious colleges and universities is a plus for residents seeking quality and choice in higher education opportunities.  More than thirty colleges are within an hour’s drive including:

University of Chicago

Northwestern University

Loyola University

DePaul University

University of Illinois Chicago

Northern Illinois University

University of St. Francis

Illinois State University

Governor’s State University

Lewis University