Career Education Associates of North Central IL

CEANCI’s mission is to prepare and invest in all students for career and college through partnerships that build innovative regional opportunities.


CEANCI’s board of governors approved a new 5 year strategic plan on March 9, 2018. CEANCI’s new Strategic Plan has one overarching goal focused on Career Pathways:

Assist with the development and implementation of career pathways systems: a series of connected education and training strategies and support services that enable students to secure industry relevant certification and obtain employment within an occupational area and to advance to higher levels of future education and employment in that area.


CEANCI will provide support to districts to ensure students have the opportunity to enroll in a series of connected education courses that transition to postsecondary and other training options


CEANCI will provide support to districts to ensure students navigate through a distinct set of experiences focused on learning about work, learning through work, and learning for work.

Discover your career potential and connect with employers and volunteers in your community to explore the many opportunities in your area.

Future Top Chef Competition

The Future Top Chef culinary competition was held February 26, 27, 28 at The Rockford Country Club, Vintage 501 and Aero Ale House Byron.  High school Culinary Arts students from region high schools teamed up to create their own entrees and then prepare, cook and plate within a specified time frame.  Judges rated entrees based on appearance, correct doneness, moistness/tenderness, taste, creativity and plate presentation. Click here to watch the video and see some highlights.