Aurora Regional Pathways to Prosperity
In July 2012, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity invited Aurora and Chicago Public Schools to participate in an asset-mapping process coordinated by Jobs For the Future and Harvard University. More than 100 community, business, and educational leaders gathered to discuss the workforce development needs of our community, including the City of Aurora, under the leadership of Mayor Tom Weisner, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, Waubonsee Community College, and West Aurora District 129. In January 2013, the Aurora Pathways to Prosperity initiative was launched at Cabot Microelectronics with more than 75 business and community leaders in attendance. Based on discussions with local and regional leaders, pathways were identified (including dual-credit opportunities, certifications, and work-based learning experiences) and launched in the spring of 2015.
With the support and involvement of the employer community, the Aurora Regional Pathways to Prosperity initiative will continue to grow by addressing the needs of the region while supporting the educational attainment of its students.