Illinois students should be graduating high school ready with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in life after high school—college and career. Today all high school graduates need some post-secondary education and/or training if they are to have options and opportunities in the job market. In Illinois, 8 of 10 employers say they need employees with some post-secondary education. Currently only 40% of Illinois residents have a high-quality post-secondary college or career credential. These realities in Illinois have driven communities to look for broader solutions to what are increasingly seen as systemic problems in the education-to-employment continuum.
The Illinois 60 by 2025 Network is an ever-emerging network of communities in Illinois that are committed to the goal of ensuring that 60% of all adults have a college or career credential by 2025. This network is designed to meet the needs of communities that are working together to provide rigorous, real world learning in and out of the classroom.
North Central Regional Betterment Coalition (NCRBC) has successfully applied to have our community (NCI/Starved Rock Region), covering the IVCC district territory, selected as a 60 by 25 Network Leadership Community, one of only six communities in Illinois to earn that designation. NCRBC serves as the backbone organization in this effort. Our first 60 by 25 project is a collaboration with St. Margaret’s Health, IVCC, and NCRBC bringing nearly 200 junior high and high school students to St. Margaret’s Hospital for a tour of the hospital and an up-close view of careers in a hospital healthcare setting. Students see, hear, and practice tasks in several experience stations and learn about the education necessary to pursue various healthcare professions. The goal is to make this an annual event. This program was funded by a grant offered only to 60 by 25 Leadership Communities.
Patricia Walters is the chairperson for NCRBC’s 60 by 25 committee. Vice-chair is Conrad Spirrison, PhD, NCRBC President and retired Deer Park District Superintendent. Your questions or comments can be directed to either Patricia Walters – firstname.lastname@example.org or Con Spirrison – email@example.com
Please join NCRBC, Starved Rock Advantage, Allegion/LCN Closers, MBL USA Corporation, North Central Illinois Council of Governments, St Margaret’s Health, Aqua Control, Inc., Illinois Valley Community College, Edward Jones Financial, LP Area Career Center, SRAVTE, LP High School, St Bede Academy, City of Spring Valley, Michael Driscoll, LaSalle County Regional Office of Education, Princeton Elementary SD 115, Dimmick School District, Oglesby Public School District, Serena Community Unit School District, University of Illinois Extension, Illinois Valley Pads, LaSalle County Retired Teachers, and many others in establishing this network for our children and our community.
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