By 2024, 80 percent of jobs will require a college degree or certificate, yet three million Illinois adults don't have education beyond high school. To address this gap, Women Employed, the Chicago Jobs Council, and the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition lead the Pathways to Careers Network, an initiative to increase college and career success for adult learners with low basic skills. The Network:
- Provides information on policies and programs that promote successful transitions from basic skill programs into college and career paths,
- Facilitates connections to share ideas and strategies,
- Advances a policy agenda to ensure that more adults throughout Illinois complete college and career programs.
Tools You Can Use
Career Foundations Curriculum
How do you encourage adult students who never earned a high school diploma to view Adult Education as a program that leads to real opportunity? The Career Foundations: Making Your Education Work for You curriculum helps students who read at a 4th grade level or above or who speak limited English assess their skills and interests, explore career paths, and craft a plan to get them to college.
Bridge Program Lesson Plans
How do you help students who need to improve their basic reading and writing skills, want to pass a high school equivalency test and go on to college-level classes, and are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare; early childhood education; information technology (IT); or transportation, distribution, and logistics (TDL)? Bridge program lesson plans, written for adult students who read at a sixth-grade level or above, provide all the materials you need.
For more information on any of our lesson plans, please contact Christina Warden at 312-782-3902 ext. 228 or cwarden[at]womenemployed[dot]org.
The Network produces webinars to share resources and information.
Check out these resources for more information on how to develop a skilled workforce for Illinois:
- Creating a Successful Bridge Program: A ‘How To’ Guide
- Illinois bridge definition and core elements
- Illinois Bridge Directory
- Chicago Jobs Council campaign: Illinois Works for the Future
For more information on the Pathways to Careers Network and to receive invitations to future webinars, contact Sarah Labadie at slabadie[at]womenemployed[dot]org or 312-782-3902 x231.