Lake County Named Career Z Challenge Semi-Finalist, Hosts Manufacturing Camp for Middle Schoolers

Career Z Challenge Semi-Finalists Have Been Selected & Lake County Is One of Them!

Schools, non-profit organizations, and local educational agencies in urban and rural communities across 35 states submitted entries to the Career Z Challenge. Entrant proposals described their plans to engage collaborative and sustainable work-based learning (WBL) ecosystems to provide students with interconnected and expansive career development opportunities across grades 9–12. During the 2023–24 school year, semi-finalists receive technical assistance to support the refinement and implementation of their proposed WBL ecosystem plan. They also participate in a community of practice and have access to learning workshops, peer collaboration opportunities, and other resources.

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs FMA Middle School Camp

Two Lake County locations received grants to host middle school manufacturing camps highlighting pathway options for students before entering high school. The hands-on camps included a tour of a manufacturer and a postsecondary institution—early efforts to advance postsecondary attainment!

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$1.4 Million Investment in Laborers’ High School Program

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $1.4 million to southern Illinois to provide career training and supportive services to help workers secure good construction and laborer jobs through a partnership between regional high schools, Shawnee Community College, and local labor unions.

In Their Own Words

After learning about the Postsecondary and Career Expectation (PaCE) Framework and the ISAC Student Portal at their first meeting of school year 2023–24, SAC members

2024 Conference

Join us for our 2024 annual conference: February 29, 2024! The in-person, one-day event will be held at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois.

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What have we learned from the learning renewal efforts? How are we planning for sustainability? On October 19, 2023, three Success Network Leadership Communities shared lessons learned in implementing learning renewal efforts.