Workforce development partnerships with our schools and businesses are critical to creating and sustaining long-term economic viability within our community.

Today we salute Dwight D. Eisenhower High School and District 218 for continuing to provide students with Career and Technical Education curriculum that keeps homegrown talent local and supports our business community with well-trained and prepared job candidates.

It’s something they’ve been doing for several decades. In fact, our own Dan Colyer participated in what was then the Diversified Occupations program, where he learned sign painting as a trade… and you likely know the rest of this story.

More than 50 years later, Colyer Signs continues to proudly serve Blue Island and our surrounding communities, their longevity due in part to the program that gave Dan his career start. From 1998 to 2000, Dan’s youngest daughter Robbie participated in the DO program at Eisenhower, where she began her formal sign painting training, spending her mornings in class and her afternoons at Colyer Sign Company.

Thank you Dan, Robbie, and the Colyer Sign Company team, along with DDE faculty and staff for providing another excellent example of how career success is crafted in Blue Island.