Aurora, Illinois

Opportunity Statement

A nationwide shortage exists for skilled workers and college-ready high school graduates. In addition, eight in every 10 jobs in Illinois require more than a high school diploma, and yet, fewer than three in four Illinois students who begin high school will graduate. Of those who graduate high school, one in three will go on to earn a two- or four-year degree.

We realize a broader vision of school reform must be developed that will incorporate multiple career pathways for students, provide a much expanded role for employers in supporting such pathways, and promote a new social compact between society and its young people.

The Illinois P-20 Council has established a goal to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60% by the year 2025.

Our partners agree to join together to leverage all available local, state, and national resources within the community to develop career pathways for the students in all partner school districts. For prepared students interested in work-based learning opportunities, we will coordinate and facilitate opportunities with our regional employers to create meaningful learning experiences to develop their skills and to give them a better understanding of the chosen career.