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​The Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act includes a voluntary process for school districts to award College and Career Pathway Endorsements to high school graduates.  Students earn endorsements by completing an individualized learning plan, a career-focused instructional sequence, and professional learning opportunities.

 CCPE Application Process

To offer the endorsement, districts must submit an initial application to gain access to the online platform and an annual report of projected student participation AFTER their plan(s) have been approved.

 The Framework

INDIVIDUAL PLAN
Each student completing an endorsement must have an individualized plan, which includes college planning linked to early understanding of career goals, financial aid, resume, and personal statement.

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
Awareness, exploration, and preparation activities that provide opportunities for students to interact with adults in their workplace.

CAREER-FOCUSED INSTRUCTIONAL SEQUENCE
Two years of secondary coursework, or equivalent competencies, that articulate to a postsecondary credential with labor market value.  Must include at least 6 hours of early college credit.

ACADEMIC READINESS
Ready for non-remedial coursework in reading and math by high school graduation through criteria defined by distrcit and local community college.

College and Career Pathway Endorsement FrameworkPDF Document

 The Process

  1. When a school district thinks it has developed its plan ready for a College and Career Pathway Endorsement (CCPE), the school district completes the CCPE ApplicationPDF Document and submits that to Heather Taylor at ISBE. This step is just completed by school districts one time for access to the CCPE application system.
  2. ISBE will provide access to the school district to the online system and school districts will begin to build their plans for each endorsement. ISBE will review the plan(s) in the online system and may offer feedback to the school district. This step is completed by school districts one time for each CCPE.
  3. After the school district's formal plan is approved by ISBE in the online CCPE application system, the school district will annually submit its district projections for the students who will be earning the Career Pathway Endorsement each yearPDF Document. This step is completed annually to update ISBE based on annual changes from year-to-year.
  4. Based on the annual district projections submissions, each year ISBE will send the official seals of each Career Pathway Endorsement the school districts are issuing. School districts are required to annually report on the students receiving Career Pathway Endorsements. These reports will be sent to Heather Taylor at ISBE.

College and Career Pathway Endorsement Process InfographicPDF Document​​​

 Legislation

​As specified in state statute (110 ILCS 148/80), to earn a College and Career Pathway Endorsement, a student shall satisfy all of the following requirements:

  1. Develop and periodically update an individualized plan for postsecondary education or training, careers, and financial aid. This individualized plan shall also include student development of a resume and personal statement with student reflection on attainment of Adaptive Competencies. The Eligible School District shall certify to ISBE that its individualized planning process spans grades 9 through 12 and includes an annual process for updating the plan.

  2. Complete a career-focused instructional sequence, including at least 2 years of coursework or equivalent competencies within an Endorsement Area or, for students attaining a multidisciplinary endorsement, multiple Endorsement Areas. An Eligible School District must consult with its regional education for employment director on the establishment of the career-focused instructional sequence. For all areas other than for multidisciplinary endorsements, the Eligible School District and a Local Community College shall certify to ISBE and ICCB that the career-focused instructional sequence is articulated to a certificate or degree program with labor market value, with opportunities for ongoing student advancement. ISBE and ICCB may adopt requirements for certifying that the instructional sequence meets the requirements of this paragraph (2). This certification must be re-certified at least once every 5 years thereafter. Commencing in the 2022-2023 school year, students must earn at least 6 hours of credit through early college credit courses within the career-focused instructional sequence.

  3. Complete a minimum of 2 Career Exploration Activities or one Intensive Career Exploration Experience, a minimum of 2 Team-based Challenges, and at least 60 cumulative hours of participation in one or more Supervised Career Development Experiences.

  4. Demonstrate readiness for non-remedial coursework in reading and mathematics by high school graduation through criteria certified by the Eligible School District and a Local Community College to ISBE and ICCB. The criteria shall align to any local partnership agreement established pursuant to Section 55 of this Act and may allow the demonstration of readiness through various methods, including assessment scores, grade point average, course completions, or other locally adopted criteria.​​​

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