Heather Penczak has focused much of her career on ensuring students of Chicago Public Schools, in traditional and alternative high school settings, have the work development training and internships experiences necessary to succeed in college and professional settings. Ms. Penczak, in her current role as the Policy and Program Manager at the Education Systems Center, develops state-level supports for work-based learning and providing technical assistance for pathways implementation.

Ms. Penczak possesses a Master’s in Education Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a B.S. from Purdue University and is a certified teacher in secondary education.

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