NCI/Starved Rock Region

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Recent Updates

September 2019 — The LaSalle County Regional Office of Education (ROE) in partnership with Illinois Valley Community College sponsored a Postsecondary and Career Expectations (PaCE) Framework event earlier this year for regional middle and high school administrators and teachers. The purpose of the event was to develop a PACE framework for the region to ensure that each student in 8th– 12thgrade would have an individualized learning plan to help guide decisions about career and post-secondary education or training. The program, facilitated by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), walked implementation teams from nine area schools through the development of a PACE model. In addition to educators, workforce and industry representatives contributed to the discussion. As a result, Regional Office of Education, #35, was the first cohort in the State of Illinois to develop a regional PACE model.

Principal, Clayton Theisinger, of Putnam County High School, took time with his staff during early dismissals last year discussing the standards that were identified by the ROE. “Using small groups, we had them identify the standards they agreed with and those that may need to be moved to fit more within our local needs. We also had them identify standards they deem as important but may not have been included in the framework. With a more refined framework, we are going to take some time this quarter to identify the standards we feel we are adequately addressing as well as identify gaps in our curriculum. Our goal is to spread the standards out across the school rather than placing responsibility on individual courses and the guidance office.”


September 2017 — The Starved Rock Region is focused on promoting libraries as learning centers to support their 60 by 25 goal. Three area libraries enhanced their collection thanks to a recent donation. Read more

Lead Intermediary Organization

North Central Regional Betterment Coalition

Region Story

The North Central Regional Betterment Coalition is a community of residents who live in eight different counties (Bureau, Carroll, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Putnam, and Whiteside) who that share a commitment to the children of their region to improve their potential for higher achievement in education and broader career success.

The Coalition, which encompasses over 2,000 square miles, began its efforts in 2002 by collaboratively executing a Community Audit lead by the workforce board and other key stakeholders in the region. Through the adoption of the collective impact strategy, the long-term goal of the organization is to develop a comprehensive regional workforce development strategy that interlaces work-based learning, professional development for educators and administrators, and expands awareness of careers to middle school and high school students in the region.

With the support and involvement of the employer community, the Coalition will lead the focus on supporting and developing community-wide systems that incorporate multiple career pathways for students and new opportunities for employers to educate, train and prepare students for the globally competitive marketplace.

Areas of Expertise

  • Community Organizing and Collective Impact
  • Employer Engagement
  • Expanding Pathways

Prioritized STEM Industry Clusters

  • Agribusiness, Food Processing and Technology
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing/Mining
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Health Sciences

Key Success to Date

  • Developed a strong infrastructure of employer engagement within eight counties
  • Incorporated and obtained 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation status
  • Embraced the collective impact strategy to organize large-scale town hall meetings to establish common regional objectives and outcomes

Key Goals for Next 2 Years

  • Expand Illinois Pathways work-based learning initiatives in the region
  • Continue expanding and improving existing pathways in Agribusiness, Food Processing and Technology, Energy, MFG, Transportation and HS
  • Grow participation in the NCRBC and determine expanding organizational structure