Today, the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council announced that they have approved the adoption of Peoria Pathways to Prosperity (PP2P), a collaborative effort designed to ensure that more District 150 students finish high school and are prepared to go on to earn a degree or required credentials recognized by employers.
“We were honored to be asked to become the backbone for such a strong and meaningful collaboration,” said Jennifer Daly, CEO for the Greater Peoria EDC. “The organizations involved are committed to this proven process and we are looking forward to helping them achieve success.”
PP2P began in June of 2014 with a resolution between Peoria District 150 Public Schools, the City of Peoria, CEO Council, Illinois Central College, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Student Assistance Commission, Peoria Federation of Teachers, and Focus Forward Central Illinois. The coalition has worked over the past year to identify and develop strategies that will support student achievement.
In June, the collaboration was the recipient of a $65,000 grant from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to hire a full-time coordinator and launch the identified strategies. The group decided it was critical to select an organization to become the official “backbone” of the program, allowing for future staff assistance and strategy support. The Greater Peoria EDC was the unanimous choice due to the extensive work the organization is pursuing around workforce development.
“We have committees implementing workforce development initiatives around manufacturing and healthcare pathways already,” said Daly. “Supporting a program focused on a school district in our region with some of the greatest needs just makes sense.”
The Greater Peoria EDC will now offer an official home to the collaboration and will be moving forward to identify a Peoria Pathways Coordinator that can support the critical work of the group.
“While we only have funding to support this position for one year, we believe the progress made over that time period will allow us to secure ongoing support for this effort,” said Daly.