Getting to the Goal of 60% by 2025

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.