Illinois

  • Case Study
November 2017

This brief from the Urban Institute examines policy strategies for promoting transitions to adulthood, higher education and the workforce in the Great Lakes Region. The paper describes how states can use CTE, work-based learning, labor market information and funding to support pathways.

  • Research/ Report
November 2017

This brief from Jobs for the Future provides preliminary lessons about community college involvement in apprenticeships collected through a survey and select interviews from 38 colleges that are workforce development leaders.

  • Research/ Report
October 2017

The Certification Data Exchange Project (CDEP) was launched in 2012 to provide a model for sharing industry-recognized credential data. This report from ACTE describes the project's goals, shares results and discusses lessons learned.

  • Guide/Tool
October 2017

This toolkit from the National Skills Coalition examines key policies that support the growth of work-based learning for out-of-school youth and disadvantaged adults and provides a legislative template for state work-based learning policies that target these populations.

  • Case Study
June 2017

This report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Strada Education Network profiles ten colleges and programs to examine the role that employers play in engaging institutions of higher education to better align pathways with workforce competencies. 

  • Case Study
June 2017

This case study from the Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC) profiles several data systems in Illinois to demonstrate how organizations have collaborated to connect data in a way that empowers policymakers to make informed decisions. 

  • Research/ Report
June 2017

This research study from the Urban Institute examines the impact of Accelerating Opportunity (AO), an initiative that enables learners to complete high school equivalency programs while simultaneously working toward an industry credential.

  • Case Study
May 2017

This report examines career academies in seven communities and summarizes key equity issues, strategies they are using to address inequities, and research-based approaches communities can consider to reduce disparities across different demographic groups.