About the Project

To determine how education and workforce partners can advance middle-skills pathways in Chicago, Education Systems Center is conducting a deep landscape analysis of existing pathways that lead to industry credentials and degrees associated with priority occupations. To date, we have completed five analyses in the sectors of Education/Childcare, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Manufacturing, and Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics.

This project is designed to:

  • Inform those involved with system design and implementation
  • Identify policy barriers to effective program progressions for populations of focus
  • Connect to the Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance Progressive Pathways initiative
  • Inform employer engagement strategies
  • Inform the funding community of gaps and strategic investment opportunities

With Support From

This project is supported by Bridges to Brighter Futures, a collaboration between Kinship Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust.

Advisory Committee

Stakeholders from across the public, private, and non-profit sectors to serve as Advisory Committee members to help guide, advise, and shape the direction of the project. Our current members are:

  • Veronica Aguilar, City Colleges of Chicago
  • Matt Bruce, Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance
  • Julie Burnett, City of Chicago
  • Jessica Cañas, Enlace Chicago
  • Mari Castaldi, Chicago Jobs Council
  • David Castro, Southwest Organizing Project
  • Michael Deuser, Chicago Public Schools
  • Morgan Diamond, Young Invincibles
  • Stacia Edwards, City Colleges of Chicago
  • Austen Edwards, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • Leah Eggers, Youth Guidance
  • Erika Ehmann, One Million Degrees
  • Idara Eno, America Needs You
  • Rebecca Estrada, City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services
  • Robin Ficke, World Business Chicago
  • Maureen Fitzpatrick, City Colleges of Chicago
  • Jennifer Foster, Illinois Community College Board
  • Emily Goldman, Partnership for College Completion
  • Mark Harris, Discovery Partners Institute
  • Caleb Herod, Chicago Community Trust
  • Pam Johnson Davis, OneGoal
  • Lisa Jones, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Peggy Korellis, City Colleges of Chicago
  • Kindy Kruller, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
  • Sarah Labadie, Women Employed
  • Sarah Lichtenstein Walter, City Colleges of Chicago
  • Greg Martinez, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
  • Amrit Mehra, Office of the Mayor
  • January Miller, Embarc Chicago
  • Matt Muench, P33
  • Rhonda Patterson, Chicago Public Schools
  • Paige Ponder, One Million Degrees
  • Lara Pruitt, Kinship Foundation
  • Becky Raymond, Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition
  • Alex Ritson, OneGoal
  • Sarah Rudofsky, Chicago Public Schools
  • Rebecca Senatore, Chicago Community Trust
  • Christina Warden, Women Employed
  • Owen Washburn, JPMorgan Chase & Co
  • Simone Weil, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • Amberly Zwiener, Civic Committee
  • Kylin Fisher, Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance
  • Alberto Ortega, World Business Chicago
  • Adam Levine, World Business Chicago