Governor Bruce Rauner
Chair Dr. Lazaro Lopez
Executive Director Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson

Illinois Community College Board

Career Pathways Enhancement Grant

career pathways

Career pathways are coherent, articulated sequences of rigorous academic and career and technical courses, beginning in the ninth grade and leading to an industry recognized certificate, credential, associate or baccalaureate degree, and beyond. Career Pathways are particularly similar to programs of study, as defined by Perkins; however, they provide a more holistic approach to career and technical education pathways. In example, career pathways encompass all students, including adult learners.

The purpose of this grant is to support the development and enhancement of career pathways. Funding is encouraged to support the necessary components of career pathways which include the following activities:

  • Develop and strengthen partnerships with student services, secondary representatives, community-based organizations, and industry leaders;
  • Engage in curriculum development, alignment, and evaluation so that pathways contain multiple entry and exit points and rigorous and integrated content;
  • Align concurring processes, systems, and initiatives with stakeholders;
  • Analyze and use data to identify outcome gaps and inform decisions; and

Grant deliverables include:

  1. Participate in the Career Pathways workshop which may be conducted in-person or via webinar.
  2. Provide information about your project at statewide events as requested.
  3. Submit a midterm and final programmatic and expenditure report.


Report Period Due Date
Midterm Report July 1-December 31 January 30, 2017
Final Report January 1-June 30 July 30, 2017