Leadership Community & Network Updates​

Manufacturing Day

conomic Development Corporation (CSEDC) successfully hosted their annual Manufacturing Day virtual sessions with businesses and high schools from across the Chicago Southland.

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Greater Peoria Hosts Fifth Annual CareerSpark

The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council and their partners at Junior Achievement of Central Illinois collaborated with local volunteer employers to create 48 industry-specific virtual booths representing eight different career clusters.

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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

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Resource

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.

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Network Update

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.

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Event

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.

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Event

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.

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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.

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Leadership Community Update

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Leadership Community Update

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.

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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.

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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

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