The Pathways Resource Center (PRC) focuses on enhancing and strengthening pathways to college and career success for all students by providing resources, research, and support to P-20 education partners. In conjunction with Race to the Top partners across the state of Illinois, PRC provides resource materials and coaching support for school districts implementing programs of study in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. PRC’s work builds on and contributes to the growing body of work the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) has developed around career pathways and programs of study. Supports provided by PRC include webinars, templates, toolkits, and conferences, in which PRC personnel disseminate current research and resources and prompt high quality programs of study and equitable outcomes for students.
The mission of the PRC is to provide resources and supports to secondary and postsecondary institutions, employers, communities, and other partners as they engage in successful and sustainable pathways for students from secondary, to postsecondary, to careers. The PRC serves as a centralized resource for their diverse partners and seeks to:
The goals of the Pathways Resource Center are as follows: