CHECK OUT THE MIT LIVING WAGE CALCULATOR
Click on the graphic to the left and search any state in the nation and county within a state to learn how much you will need to make to support yourself and a family. The calculator will help you calculate living expenses and estimate salaries for some occupations.
PLAN YOUR EDUCATION
iLEAD is designed to let you create your high school experience. You can take courses at iLEAD, the Carroll County Area Technical Center (CCATC), and at the Carrollton Campus of Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC). We'll help you understand what work certifications you can earn at CCATC to support your career path, what high school courses you can take as a freshman and sophomore, and how you can earn an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science at JCTC while you are in high school!
College is expensive! iLEAD helps you get a jump start on college, save money, and chose to enter the workforce or finish a Bachelor's Degree. With an Associate Degree, you'll be half-way finished with college and can expect to finance two - maybe 3 - years of college instead of four!
KNOW WHERE YOU CAN FIND A JOB
Even if the job you want isn't in your hometown, high-demand, high-wage jobs often are less than an hour away. You can learn about where jobs are available across Kentucky at the KY Center for Education and Workforce Statistics website. Click on logo to visit.
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING
LOGISTICS & SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
WHERE WILL JOBS BE WHEN I GRADUATE? WHAT WILL THEY PAY?
HOW WILL I COMPETE?
WHY IS REGIONAL WORKFORCE DATA IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT?
Understanding where employment opportunities will be and what education, skills, and training will be required to compete for these jobs gives iLEAD students a competitive edge to succeed in a regional and global economy. Jobs Forecast Data empowers students and parents with information to strategize for the future. It also informs decisions about what educational programs, certifications, and training should be offered at iLEAD to align with labor market demands.
HOW YOU AND YOUR PARENTS CAN USE WORKFORCE DATA
1. Explore your interests
2. Select a Career Pathway and find relevance in your learning
3. Plan your education
4. Know where you can find a job
5. Calculate how much you might make, understand what you'll
need to earn to support yourself and a family
EXPLORE YOUR INTERESTS
Do you like to work with your hands? Does medicine interest you? How about science or space or designing and building things? iLEAD educators will help you explore career opportunities aligned to your interests and design your high school, technical, and early college experiences to reach your goals. You're allowed to change your mind, but high school is the critical time to begin to get ready for the world of work.
SELECT A CAREER PATHWAY
You can use tools like the Career Calculator (link to the right) to explore occupations in areas that interest you. You search for terms like "engineer" or "computer programmer." The Career Calculator will tell you how much you can expect to earn, if the occupation is expected to grow in the future, what level of education you will need to compete, and where you might go to college or to a training program. iLEAD educators will help you with this type of exploration throughout your high school experience.