Illinois Education and Career Success Network

Portrait of Edith Njuguna
Edith Njuguna

Illinois Education and Career Success Network Director

Portrait of Emily Rusca
Emily Rusca

State Policy & Strategy Director

Portrait of Jon Furr
Jon Furr

Executive Director

  • Aurora
  • Black Hawk Region
  • Boone County
  • Chicago
  • East St. Louis
  • Evanston
  • Lake County
  • McLean County
  • Mississippi and Rock River Region
  • Northwest Chicago Suburbs
  • Rich Township
  • Peoria
  • Rockford
  • Sangamon County
  • Starved Rock Region
  • Vandalia
  • Vermilion County

The Illinois Education and Career Success Network Network was established in 2013 by EdSystems, Advance Illinois, and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission in response to the P-20 Council’s goal for Illinois to increase the number of adults with high-quality college degrees and postsecondary credentials to 60% by the year 2025. Originally named the Illinois 60 by 25 Network, the Success Network’s purpose is to support communities to increase meaningful and equitable postsecondary attainment and civic engagement. In 2015, we established the Leadership Community designation, which recognizes communities with systems in place to make progress towards the postsecondary attainment goals. The name was changed in 2022 to reflect the Success Network’s purpose and vision beyond 2025.

Our Role

EdSystems supports Leadership Communities by managing a peer-to-peer learning and action network for communities to learn from one another, including an annual conference that draws over 200 participants from across the state. Additionally, we provide the Cradle to Career Community Dashboard, a mechanism to gather and curate critical data, as well as technical assistance on collective impact and other strategies. Finally, we serve as a conduit for financial support to communities for strategies to increase meaningful and equitable postsecondary attainment.

The Success Network’s Leadership Communities serve as proof points for the state policies which we develop. We use lessons learned from communities to inform state policymakers on what’s working well and where more support is needed. EdSystems supports Leadership Communities to implement strategies outlined in the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) Act, including College and Career Pathway Endorsements and Transitional Math. To learn more about the Network, please download our Impact Report.

The Latest


HB3296/Public Act 102-0917 Brief

An brief on HB3296/Public Act 102-0917, signed into law on May 27, 2022, that advances the Postsecondary and Career Expectations (PaCE) Framework and the College and Career Pathway Endorsements.

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