Your Help Is Needed; Please Take Survey on Industry, Employability Competencies

Illinois Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act

Please help this effort by filling out a College and Career Pathway Endorsement Competencies Survey.

We are collecting feedback through an online survey that will inform the State’s development of technical and employability competencies under the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act (PWR). Enacted by Illinois in 2016, the PWR Act established a voluntary system for school districts to award College and Career Pathways Endorsements to high-school graduates. Endorsements signify that a student is ready to pursue postsecondary education or enter a career related to a selected career interest area and incentivize career exploration and development, particularly in high-demand sectors. Locally, West Aurora School District 129 is completing a process to pilot endorsements.

For the last six months, public and private committees representing employers from across the State have been working to identify industry-wide technical and employability competencies in four key sectors: (1) Finance and Business Services, (2) Health Sciences, (3) Information Technology, and (4) Manufacturing and Engineering. These competencies are aligned with a transcript endorsement that a high school graduate in Illinois will be able to earn starting in 2020. For a current draft of the competencies, please click Draft Competencies November 2017.

Feedback collected via this survey will be incorporated into edits and evaluation of the drafted statements, and your voice is essential to verifying our work as we move forward. Our goal is to collect a diverse set of voices including those of employers, human resource professionals, educators at all levels, professionals in the industry, and community based organizations working within the industry across Illinois. This survey will be open until January 15, 2018, and we encourage you to share it with your colleagues and networks!

 

Should you have any questions, please contact Andrea Messing-Mathie at amessingmathie@niu.edu or Leah Moschella at lmoschella@jff.org.

 

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