Group of educators and students at the Illinois 60 by 25 Network conference
Status
Current
TEAM
State Policy & Strategy Director
Founder and Executive Director

Illinois Education and Career Success Network

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

Project

Future of Learning Coalition

The Future of Learning Coalition is an alliance working to advance an innovation ecosystem for equitable, student-centered education in Illinois to better prepare future-ready young people and empower them to realize their greatest potential.

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I-WIN Events

Health Sciences Career Exploration Event Showcase

Learn from three Illinois communities that piloted a multigenerational Health Sciences Career Exploration event this past year. These events were designed to provide information on education and career opportunities for both students and families.

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