Joyce Foundation Grants $3M to Expand College and Career Pathways

BLAZE A TRAIL: Four Great Lakes communities will soon get help ensuring their students are ready for lasting success in their education, careers and life. The Joyce Foundation, a Chicago-based charitable organization, announced it will invest $3 million over the next two years in college and career pathways systems. These are highly-structured approaches that link high school to postsecondary education and the workforce.

“A growing number of communities across the United States are embracing pathways as a core education and workforce strategy,” Joyce Foundation Education Program Officer Jason Quiara said in a press release. “With this investment, Joyce hopes to capitalize on the increasing interest in pathways to generate even greater momentum for expansion of education and career opportunities for young people.”

The Great Lakes College and Career Pathways Partnership includes communities in Columbus/Central Ohio; Madison, Wis., Rockford, Ill., and several northwest suburbs of Chicago. The Township High School District 211 is one grant recipient. "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," Lisa Small, District 211 associate superintendent for instruction, tells the Chicago Tribune.

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