In this policy agenda, the Pathways to Careers Network calls on Illinois’ incoming governor to incorporate career pathways into the state’s education and workforce systems, and to invest in programs that will ensure low-skilled adults have access to and can succeed in proven education and training programs.
What is life like when you're a low-wage worker with an unstable and unpredictable work schedule? This fact sheet breaks it down, illustrating how volatile scheduling leaves many workers in a constant state of economic instability and personal turmoil. It also shows how this practice is bad for employers and business, as well as highlighting policy solutions that would help many workers achieve the economic security they need to care for their families.
Unpredictable and unstable work schedules leave many workers in a constant state of economic instability and personal turmoil. This policy brief explores scheduling problems and highlights policy solutions and employer practices that would allow workers the time and economic security they need to care for their families, while also helping employers maximize the value their workers provide.
Illinois has a goal that 60 percent of adults will have college degrees by 2025. But without increasing our financial aid investment in low-income adult students, we will not be able to meet that goal. Illinois' Monetary Award Program (MAP) can help low-income adult students in Illinois afford college, but every year, a smaller percentage of eligible adult students receive the grant.
Forty and Forward. Fairness. Opportunity. A world where all women can succeed economically and achieve their aspirations. A brighter future for women and their families. A lot has changed since 1973, but Women Employed’s dreams for working women haven’t.
Fifty-one percent of first-time community college students in Illinois take remedial or developmental courses before they can start college-level coursework, and too many never graduate. This policy brief outlines clear steps that colleges and policymakers can take to ensure that only the right students are enrolled in remedial classes and that coursework is focused on the right content, and includes strategies to prevent students from getting stuck in long-term developmental sequences and dropping out.
Solving the Puzzle: Expanding Opportunities. Financial stability is a complex puzzle. For a low-wage working woman to achieve financial stability for herself and her family, all the pieces have to be in place—jobs with living wages, opportunities for advancement, access to affordable education, and more. Learn how Women Employed is putting the pieces together for working women.