Our next episodes dive into the Illinois 60 by 25 Network, a collaborative of communities across the State of Illinois that is driving improved outcomes for young people. The Network was launched in 2013 by three Network Organizers that recognized the emergence of local initiatives to increase postsecondary attainment and the lack of a statewide support infrastructure. The Network Organizers are Advance Illinois, Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University (EdSystems), and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).
In the first episode of this series, Jon Furr and Edith Njuguna from EdSystems provide background on the Network. We will also hear directly from Illinois 60 by 25 Network Leadership Communities. First up will be Brent Baker, the Director of Workforce Solutions at the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council. In the next episode, we’ll hear from Sydney Stigge-Kaufman, Director of Strategic Partnerships in East St. Louis School District 189 and from Dr. Darryl Hogue, the Superintendent of River Bend School District in northwestern Illinois.