District 211 Partnership Receives Joyce Foundation Grant for Career Pathway Programs
As part of a local partnership, Township High School District 211 is receiving a grant to help fulfill its vision of ensuring each and every student is college and career ready by the time they graduate.
The Joyce Foundation will provide Township High School District 211 and High School District 214 a $400,000 grant over two years as part of a new regional partnership aimed at expanding high-quality college and career pathways. Harper College also plays a key role in the career pathways partnership with Districts 211 and 214.
“Districts 211 and 214 are working in conjunction with Harper College to increase opportunities for our students’ explorations of college majors and career explorations during high school,” said Dr. Lisa Small, District 211 associate superintendent for instruction. “There are many choices for post-high school options for our graduates in the northwest suburbs.”
Districts 211, 214, and Harper College will use the grant and partnership to design comprehensive and high-quality college major and career pathway design and implementation. It will help develop and support regional systems to support a continuum of work-based learning, as well as continuous improvement for teaching and learning throughout all components of college major and career opportunities.
“This opportunity over the next two years will allow D211 to seek out better ways to communicate post-high school options to our students and parents, enhance our internship structure, develop all aspects of the Interactive and Information Technology and Health Sciences Clusters, and increase dual credit options for high school students,” Small said.
In addition to Districts 211, 214, and Harper College, the Great Lakes College and Career Pathways Partnership communities also includes the Central Ohio/Greater Columbus area, Madison, Wis., and Rockford, Ill.
The overall Joyce Foundation investment includes $1.4 million in grants to three national leaders in pathways programs, which will support the individual communities and the Partnership. They are: ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career, in Berkeley; Jobs for the Future, based in Boston; and Chicago-based Education Systems Center of Northern Illinois University.
Communities in the Great Lakes College and Career Pathway Partnership will share experiences and insights as they work to advance their respective pathways systems. Their progress also will help inform similar efforts across the country
The Joyce Foundation works with grantee partners to research, develop, and advance policy solutions to improve quality of life, promote community vitality, and achieve a fair society. Overall, the foundation will invest $3 million and hands-on technical support from national leaders in the field in four communities that belong to the Great Lakes College and Career Pathways Partnership.
All recipients were chosen for demonstrating committed leadership and strong partnerships across K-12 and postsecondary systems to support college and career readiness. Other criteria included their vision for expanding and improving college and career pathways systems, the needs of their student populations, and supportive, engaged local employers.
For more information, please visit The Joyce Foundation website.