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Quinn, Simon to unveil education initiative
Quad City Times
February 8, 2012
By Kurt Erickson
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn and a host of top state officials are scheduled to launch a new education initiative in Bloomington Thursday.
The governor and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon will travel to State Farm Insurance Cos. corporate headquarters to outline a program called Illinois Pathways, which is designed to boost the number of Illinoisans with advanced academic degrees and certificates.
Quinn outlined a plan during his State of the State speech last week in which he called for an increase in the number of Illinoisans holding advanced degrees by 2025.
Simon, the governor’s point person on education, said a key part of the push is to boost science, technology, engineering and math, with an eye on keeping school lessons relevant and connected to the job market.
“Across Illinois, we can find individual examples of school-to-work success,” Simon said. “We need to build a statewide system of school-to-work success.”
Along with Quinn and Simon, the event includes officials from a variety of state agencies that will be helping push the project forward.
“It’s designed to better prepare kids in order to boost graduation rates and better prepare students for jobs,” Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said.
The program is part of a partnership between government and business and will include a $2.3 million grant program for schools and businesses.
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