Increasing Opportunities for Underrepresented Students: Lessons Learned in Advising

How can we recruit underrepresented students into pathways leading to high-quality careers? What support do these students need to feel welcome and be successful in the classroom and as they transition to a postsecondary program and/or the workplace?

EdSystems, in partnership with the Illinois Education and Career Success Network, hosted a free webinar on October 31, 2023, to hear from three communities using innovative approaches for advising students, especially those from underrepresented groups, as they pursue career pathways.


  • Jessica Hayes, Work-Based Learning Coordinator, Rockford Public Schools
  • Tina Lamb, Ed.D. College & Career Academy Coach, Jefferson High School
  • Jon T. Pieper, Career and Technical Educator, Elk Grove High School
  • Katie Shevokas, School Counselor, La Moille High School

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