Over the past five months I have been a member of a public-private steering committee representing the higher education and arts industries in Illinois for the implementation of 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.
Part of my role on the committee involves supporting identifying and providing industry expertise to support the identification of industry-wide technical and employability competencies. These competencies are aligned with an industry endorsement that a high school graduate in Illinois will be able to earn starting in 2020.
We are excited to announce that we are collecting feedback through an online survey on the drafted competencies from professionals across the our industry. Feedback collected via this survey will be incorporated into edits and evaluation of the drafted statements
Your insight into the industry is essential to verifying our work as we move forward.
I hope that you will take ten minutes to complete the short survey found at:
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 18, 2019, and we encourage you to share it widely among your colleagues and networks--especially at Argonne.
Should you have questions, please feel free to contact Leah Moschella at Jobs for the Future at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
Thanks for your help in this process, and I will keep you updated as the competency statements are developed.
Dean--College of Visual and Performing Arts
Northern Illinois University