Events​

NECSS Manufacturing Students Gain Real-World Experience

Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (GCAMP) and Acme Industries partnered to bring real-world experiences to a Rolling Meadows High School manufacturing class. This virtual project allowed students to venture inside the inner workings of what it's like to manufacture parts, from receiving the quote to the actual product completion. “The quote…

MORE Graduates Earn Endorsements

This school year, three students from Fulton High School and one from Morrison High School graduated with their College and Career Pathway Endorsement in the education pathway. The schools and their partners continue to expand their pathway development work in education, manufacturing, and agriculture.MORE partners are also exploring registered High School…

MEAC: Growing Summer Internships

The Evanston iKit Summer Internship Program featuring twelve-week paid internships has kicked off with sixteen interns going into local employer locations starting in mid-June. Three more are in the process of being assigned, for a total of nineteen interns that qualified for the internships. This year saw growth in both…

What's a Good Job or Career?

In the May 2021 convening of the Student Advisory Council, Juan Jose Gonzalez of Education Systems Center at NIU introduced the concept of the living wage and shared resources for learning more about career opportunities that meet the living wage threshold.

Announcing the Inaugural Student Advisory Council

Council members are from Illinois 60 by 25 Network Leadership communities and bring diverse perspectives. We look forward to working with these outstanding young people to better understand how students across the state experience various initiatives that the Network supports, and understand what kinds of supports would be helpful to students as they navigate the education system.

2021 Conference: Forward Together

We have re-imagined the annual Illinois 60 by 25 Network Conference for 2021. We will bring the high-quality conference content you have counted on since 2014 over four days: February 22–25, 2021.

Trauma-Informed Practices Webinar

Representatives from East St. Louis School District 189 and Township High School District 214 in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago shared how they have implemented trauma-informed practices in their districts in partnership with the Illinois Federation of Teachers and community partners.

Trauma-Informed Practices Webinar

Hear about the strategies and resources East St. Louis School District 189 and Township High School District 214 are using to support the needs of students and community members as they deal with challenges related to COVID-19, racial unrest, and adjusting to remote learning.

Rockford Rolls Out Partnership Resources

In Rockford, partners are working together to prepare students for college, career, and life through the Great Lakes College and Career Pathways Partnership. Read more...You can learn more about the partnership between Alignment Rockford and Rockford Public Schools here, and the partnership between Rockford Public Schools and Rock Valley College…

Peoria Pathways to Prosperity Partners on New GPEAK Initiative

Illinois Central College (ICC), in partnership with Peoria’s CEO Council and Regional Workforce Alliance, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), Jobs for the Future, and Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University (EdSystems), are pleased to announce the launch of Greater Peoria Essential Abilities and Knowledge…

NECSS Student Spotlight

Yennifer Velazquez, an Elk Grove High School grad, completed her first year of college with no student loan debt, thanks to Middle College! When Yennifer Velazquez decided to become a nurse, the Elk Grove High School junior knew she was looking at years of education—and debt. Then she heard about…

NECSS Embarks on Power of 15 Initiative

In August 2014, members of the NECSS partnership embarked on the Power of 15 initiative. The mission of the Power of 15 is to ensure all students graduate high school with one semester of college credit completed. This initiative works to increase the number of dual credit courses offered, the…

McLean Compact Launches New Website, Virtual Becoming BN Program

The McLean Compact brought on two AmeriCorps VISTA members in June, launched a new website at mcleancocompact.org and conducted the Becoming BN program virtually in July. The Compact team plans to conduct a series of Education to Employer Roundtables this fall, and work with the Regional Office of Education and Bloomington…

iKit Summer Internship Program Launches in Evanston

This summer, Evanston Township High School (ETHS), the City of Evanston Youth and Young Adult Division, Evanston Community Foundation, and the Mayor’s Employer Advisory Council (MEAC) launched the iKit Summer Internship Program. Fifteen Class of 2020 graduates interned with nine Evanston Employers in a broad range of career pathways. Ten…

COVID-19 Resource Website Launched

To support communities during COVID-19, the McLean Chamber of Commerce, which serves as the backbone organization for the McLean County Leadership Community, has developed a new, jointly-sponsored website with resources for community access.

2020 Conference: Agents of Change

Since the Network’s inception, a core tenet has been to focus on opportunities for learning and sharing across communities, which includes our annual conference. "The Illinois 60 by 25 Network Conferences are a time to drink the Kool-Aid together as a team. The conferences are inherently different than meeting in…

McLean County Update: December 2019

2019 was a busy year in McLean County. They piloted Becoming BN, developed the Education to Employer Summit, launched the Essential Workplace Skills in partnership, and continued work with the College and Career Pathways Endorsements.

Program Guides Students to College and Careers

Danville District 118 students will have a better idea about what they would like to do with their life after high school thanks to a newly enhanced Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.

Weisner Family Center for Career Development Opens in Aurora

The new Weisner Family Center for Career Development at Aurora West School District 129 opening on August 29, 2019. The center helps support the Pathways to Prosperity Project and gives high school students exposure to different career pathways. The space includes four bays for learning precision machining and welding. Read…

MORE Community Update

Whiteside Area Career Center has expanded credentialing and dual credit for coursework taken at the Center and has increased student enrollment by over 100 students compared to 2018.

2019 Conference: Informing Action, Improving Outcomes

This year’s 60 by 25 Conference featured many dynamic speakers from Illinois and across the country. Our engaging keynote speakers, Vela Institute, provided an interactive session on how local communities can use data to inform their goals and improve their work. Network Partners and dozens of speakers from across the…

McLean County Update: September 2018

Over the last several months the McLean County Compact action teams have developed a logic model that outlines resources, activities, products and outcomes related to joint goals, including the 60 by 25 goal.

River Bend Adopts PaCE Framework

Through a collaborative process that included administrators, teachers and other stakeholders, River Bend Community Unit District #2, which is in the MORE Leadership Community, has adapted the PaCE Framework.

Walking Across Two Stages

Montez Holton, Valedictorian of the East St. Louis Senior High School Class of 2018, walked across two stages in May: earning a high school diploma and associate’s degree.

D214 Develops PaCE Framework for Counselors

The framework provides counselors with a tool that indicates what is expected for students to ensure they are making progress on meeting college and career readiness standards.

2018 Conference: Scaling for Impact

Equity, innovation and scaling impact emphasized at 5th Annual 60 by 25 Network Conference Jocelyn Sharif has been interested in cooking since she was a young child watching the Food Network with her parents. “I was a shy child,” said Jocelyn, “and cooking was a way to express myself.” Now…

HPEC Community Update

With funding from the Telligen Community Initiative, HPEC established strategic partnerships with regional healthcare employers to better align education and training with the regional workforce needs in health informatics. This work includes increasing awareness for and the adoption of apprenticeship programs that benefit both students and employers.

McLean County Adopts 60 by 25 Goal

In McLean County, over a dozen education, employer, and community entities adopted the 60 by 25 goal and have made it part of their strategic planning toward workforce development.

Peoria Pathways to Prosperity Featured in Local Magazine

The initial success of Peoria Pathways to Prosperity has drawn attention as a promising demonstration of the community’s capacity to embrace change to meet the challenges ahead. This success was highlighted recently in Peoria Magazine.

HPEC Community Update

In AY 2016-17, HPEC provided healthcare career exploration field trips to students from 11 high schools, and 63 students from four high schools participated in healthcare simulation cases in the Rosalind Franklin University Simulation Laboratory. HPEC also provided information on careers in health informatics to more than 300 students, and partnered…

First Illinois Energy Efficient Vehicle Competition Held

Districts 211 and 214, working with partners in the Golden Corridor, the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, and employers across the region, held the first Illinois Energy Efficient Vehicle Competition on May 8th.

2017 Conference: The Power of Networks

Thank you to the presenters, attendees, sponsors, and staff who participated in the 2016 Illinois 60 by 25 Network Meeting! Conference Materials 60 by 25 – The State We're In Ginger Ostro, Executive Director, Advance Illinois Opportunity – A Promise Worth Keeping Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President & CEO of the Philadelphia Youth…

2016 Conference: From Vision to Action

Thank you to the presenters, attendees, sponsors, and staff who participated in the 2016 Illinois 60 by 25 Network Meeting! Conference Materials Education is Everyone’s Business: Engaging Business to Build a Community Learning System Jack Hess, Institute for Coalition Building John Burnett, Community Education Coalition The Power of Two: Starting…