STRENGTHENING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN
EDUCATION & WORKFORCE
CRAFTING EDUCATION POLICIES & BUILDING PROGRAMS THAT IMPROVE
We Work At the Intersection of Policy & Practice
College & Career
We build and support coalitions that align education and workforce preparation with state or regional economic needs
We establish performance measures that build a consensus for collecting, merging, and reporting data across multiple agencies
Education & Workforce
We develop policies that support successful student transitions from high school and postsecondary education into careers
Illinois 60 by 25 Network
Est. in 2013 to respond to a need for a community-level approach to Pathways implementation that was aligned to the implementation of the new Learning Standards and high school to college transition activities.
Provides assistance and aligned funding to communities across the state.
Youth Workforce Development
New and exciting strain of work around addressing the youth employment gap
Aligning business and youth needs through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the work of business-facing youth employment intermediaries,
Great Lakes College & Career Pathways Initiative
Building high-quality pathways that equip students to thrive in college, career, and beyond.
Engage multiple stakeholders in aligning secondary and postsecondary education with career opportunities in high-demand industries.
Enables students to graduate from high school with a credential valuable in the labor market, as well as pursue a two- or four-year degree
Illinois Career Pathways
Various programmatic areas to develop career pathway systems at the state and regional level
National movement to empower learners to explore, progress through, and transition from high quality, structured career pathway systems into rewarding careers that are powered by critical growth areas
Career Pathways in Sub-Saharan Africa
New mechanism for education to employment alignment in Sub-Saharan Africa
Struggling economies and underfunded schools are encouraged to manage public resources effectively and business partners are encouraged to play a meaningful role in developing a talent pipeline
State of Illinois
In 2011, Illinois launched the Illinois Pathways initiative, which was designed around strategies that align State resources and support regions to create career pathway systems that reflect the labor market needs of their communities
Provides the foundation for regional work on Workforce, Innovation, and Opportunity Act (WIOA) regional planning, community economic development planning across the state, and crucial public-private partnerships to drive employer engagement with young people.