McLean County Community COMPACT is part of the 60 by 25 Network that is designed to meet the needs of communities that are working together to provide rigorous, real world learning in and out of the classroom. A coalition led by Advance Illinois, Illinois Student Assistance Commission, and the Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University has come together to create a community of practice to help local and regional teams accelerate progress toward the goal of ensuring that 60% of all adults have a college or career credential by 2025.

Under this Network, COMPACT had received funding for the College and Careers Pathway Endorsement Project. Working with Heartland Community College, Bloomington Public School-District 87, McLean County-Unit 5, Olympia School Districts and the Bloomington Area Career Center the project has focused on “identifying a sequence of courses extending from high school into postsecondary education and undertake curriculum alignment addressing the career-focused instruction component of endorsement” in endorsement areas of Heath Science, Information Technology and Agriculture. The project led a visit to School District 214 in Arlington Heights, IL early in 2019 to explore how District 87 has utilized project/work based learning programs and utilized partnerships with local employers.