Northwest Educational Council for Student Success (NECSS)

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Recent Updates

March 2018 — District 214, one of the districts served by NECSS has developed a framework for counselors based on the PaCE framework.The framework provides counselors with a tool that indicates what is expected for students to ensure they are making progress on meeting college and career readiness standards applicable to both  Harper Promise and Redefining Ready. You can see the framework here.

May 2017 — Districts 211 and 214, working with partners in the Golden Corridor, the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, and employers across the region, held the first Illinois Energy Efficient Vehicle Competition on May 8th at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, the culmination of months of work for 8 high schools working with partner employers to compete in designing, building, and testing a small one-person vehicle with a focus on gasoline mileage. In the past, students in Illinois have competed in energy efficient vehicle competitions in Wisconsin and elsewhere; as a result of this community’s efforts, Illinois is now able to host their own, which gives students the opportunity to participate in this authentic learning experience in their home state. This collaborative effort provides an excellent foundation for students who are interested in careers in engineering, manufacturing, and transportation technology and can serve as an excellent model in getting employers involved in the classroom through authentic learning. The community looks forward to extending this opportunity to other communities across the state next year! For more information, visit

Region Story

The Northwest Educational Council for Student Success (NECSS) is a secondary and postsecondary regional educational collaborative. It brings together influential champions, provides resources to support planning processes and has created an infrastructure to allow for collective impact. This partnership focuses on student success and opportunities, teacher qualifications and professional development, and enriching collaboration among all district partners and the local communities.

NECSS partners include Township High School Districts 211, 214, Community Unit School District 220, Harper College and Education For Employment (EFE) 070. Each entity plays a vital role in ensuring students are college and career ready at the secondary and postsecondary education levels. Consortium members work together structuring learning environments where all students have the opportunity to succeed educationally and acquire the knowledge and skills business and industry require.

Areas of Expertise

  • Dual Credit
  • Employer Engagement
  • Core Curriculum Alignment
  • Credentialing

Community/Region of Focus

Harper College/EFE 70 regions

Prioritized STEM Industry Clusters

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Health Science
  • Information Technology

Key Successes to Date by STEM Industry Cluster

Advanced Manufacturing:  Internship Fair; DOL presentation on internships for students under 18; Harper Apprenticeships, pathway pipeline from high school to Harper

Health Sciences:  Increased dual credit courses; new grant; HOSA involvement; pathway pipeline from high school to Harper

Information Technology:  Defined high school pathways leading to college courses

Outreach to sending middle schools and elementary schools through STEM programs: Girls in Engineering and Math (GEMS) and Next Generation STEM after school programs.

Key Activities for Future School Years by STEM Industry Cluster: ·

Advanced Manufacturing: Increased students in dual credit coursework in advanced manufacturing;  TMA apprenticeships; Increased Work-based learning experiences

Health Sciences:  Curriculum realignment work between high school and Harper college to help accelerate student admission to limited enrollment programs e.g. nursing, dental hygiene, EMT

IT:  Community college is realigning courses to meet rapidly changing industry demand. Once completed , new dual credit discussions will begin.

Local High Mileage Car Competition. Local business and school districts