Funding, Grants & Awards
Joyce Foundation Commits $4 Million for Career Pathways
Foundation will distribute $3 million
in grants over the next two years to advance college and career
structured approaches that link high school to postsecondary education
a pathways program will combine rigorous
academics with career-based learning and real-world experience.
communities in the Great Lakes region will form a new
regional partnership, the Great Lakes College and Career Pathways
aimed at expanding high-quality college and career pathways. The
are Rockford, IL; Columbus, OH; Madison, WI; and Districts 211 and 214 and
Harper College in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
of those communities will receive $400,000 over the next
two years and technical support from national leaders in the field.
additional, three other pathways programs will share an
additional $1.4 million in grants: Partnership
ConnectEd: The California Center
for College and Career in Berkeley, CA; Jobs for
the Future in Boston; and the Education
Systems Center of Northern Illinois University in Chicago.
and career pathways transform high school by making
the experience far more relevant for students and helping to ensure
success in education, careers and life," said Joyce Foundation Vice
for Strategy and Programs Beth Swanson, "and they turn out more
and skilled workers to fuel regional economies."
communities and programs were chosen for demonstrating committed
strong connections across K-12 and postsecondary schools to support
career readiness. Other requirements included having a vision for
improving college and career pathways, meeting the needs of students
supportive, engaged local employers.
Great Lakes College and
Career Pathways Partnership as executive director will be Jay Steele,
chief academic officer of the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.