Leadership Community

Lake County

The Lake County collaborative launched in 2012 to improve the college and career readiness of regional students, with an initial focus on health sciences pathways. The 16 member Consortium, comprised of regional leaders in higher education, industry and workforce development, is providing opportunities to closely examine and develop solutions that address the mismatch between career training and regional workforce needs for Illinois’s Lake, Cook, and McHenry Counties, as well as Wisconsin’s Kenosha County.

Regional Focus

Lake County, with a peripheral focus on Cook and McHenry Counties

Areas of Expertise

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Pathways Curriculum Development
  • Relation Management

Prioritized Focus Areas

  • Health Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing

Key Successes

  • Establishment of Healthcare Pathway Academy at North Chicago Community High School (NCCHS).
  • Prenatal Health and Newborn Care Education for the Community Healthcare Workers of Lake County.
  • Secured several grants to support the current collaborative initiatives.
  • Increased the number of collaborative members.

2-Year Goals

  • Register students from Oakton Community College, Harper College and College of Lake County to the AHIMA’s Registered Health Information Management (HIM) Apprenticeship Program certified by the United States Department of Labor (DoL).
  • Begin an Education Pathway with Lake County Tech Campus, College of Lake County, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Lake County Partners, and Lake County Workforce Development.
  • Continue to support NCCHS Healthcare Pathway and begin work with Waukegan Community Unit District #60.
  • Continue to support the Community Health Workers education/training programs.

Community Updates

Lake County Community Update

With funding from the Telligen Community Initiative, HPEC established strategic partnerships with regional healthcare employers to better align education and training with the regional workforce needs in health informatics. This work includes increasing awareness for and the adoption of apprenticeship programs that benefit both students and employers.

Lake County Update

In AY 2016-17, the Lake County collaborative provided healthcare career exploration field trips to students from 11 high schools, and 63 students from four high