60 by 25 Network

Getting to the Goal of 60 Percent by 2025

Illinois students should be graduating high school ready with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in life after high school—college and career. Today all high school graduates need some postsecondary education and/or training if they are to have options and opportunities in the job market. In Illinois, 8 of 10 employers say they need employees with some postsecondary education. Currently only 40% of Illinois residents have a high-quality post-secondary college or career credential. These realities in Illinois have driven communities to look for broader solutions to what are increasingly seen as systemic problems in the education-to-employment continuum.

The Illinois 60 by 2025 Network is an ever-emerging network of communities in Illinois that are committed to the goal of ensuring that 60% of all adults have a college or career credential by 2025. This network is designed to meet the needs of communities that are working together to provide rigorous, real world learning in and out of the classroom.

The 2017 Illinois 60 by 25 Network Meeting took place Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2017 in Rockford

Visit the Illinois 60 by 25 website here.

This video on the 2015 60 by 25 Network Conference was produced by the Dunham Fund: