This piece takes the reader through the different parts of our work to establish and expand career pathways in Chicago and Illinois, beginning with Shifting Gears in the early 2000s and looking forward to a yet-unrealized future. It includes bridge programs, Career Foundations, and the career pathways definition, as well as stories from students and detail about how progress on career pathways has been made.
Why is funding for MAP so important? This fact sheet outlines how the needs-based grant impacts students, and why it is important to Illinois' workforce that the program is fully-funded.
Moving Forward, Together. In a tumultuous year for our country, we have forged ahead to ensure all women can access fair workplaces, quality jobs, and education and training leading to better opportunities. In this report, you’ll read about crucial advances we’ve made this year on equal pay, paid sick time, and pathways to college and careers. The key to our success is you.
This is How Change Happens. It’s never a straight line. Advocacy campaigns are long battles with many twists and turns. New discoveries, barriers, and tactics emerge. Over four decades, Women Employed has developed the strategic know-how, flexibility, and tenacity it takes to win. This report recounts the winding path to two vital advances for working women.
Community colleges are at a crossroads. Pressure is mounting to increase enrollment and improve retention. At the same time, there are millions of adults who would benefit from a college education, but who lack a high school degree. Bridge programs provide a solution that will serve these adults, improve college enrollment and retention numbers, and even generate revenue for colleges.
What is a bridge program? This fact sheet explains what bridge programs are, and how Women Employed is leading the effort to implement bridge programs in Illinois and nationwide, giving thousands of workers the skills and credentials they need to move from low-paid, low-opportunity jobs into high-demand careers that offer financial stability.
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.
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.
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.
The State of Illinois has instituted a goal to ensure that 60 percent of Illinois adults have a college credential by 2025. This fact sheet shows how important adult learners are to helping Illinois reach that goal.
This guide provides useful tips for speaking with your legislator, as well as a worksheet to help you craft your message.
This fact sheet outlines some of the facts facing working women.
This brochure provides information on the child care support that the State of Illinois offers for low-income parents while they are working or attending education and training programs.
This infographic illustrates some of the shocking realities facing low-wage workers in order to help build awareness and create change.