District 214 Career Pathways program featured in U.S. Chamber of Commerce campaign

Elk Grove High School graduate Maram Safi is featured in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Achieving Tomorrow’s “Voices” campaign.

High School District 214’s Career Pathways program is featured in a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation campaign that spotlights how to prepare students for success.

Through video, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Achieving Tomorrow’s “Voices” campaign shines a light on the impact educators, administrators, community leaders, parents, and businesses have when they join forces to help students succeed.

The video, which debuted in September, highlights the community-led effort in Chicagoland between industry and education to not only prepare students for the workforce, but also ensure they’re exposed to real employment opportunities to help close the local opportunity gap.

When faced with labor shortages and an aging workforce, District 214 partnered with 950 industry partners to start the Career Pathways Program, which provides 12,000 students from six different high schools exposure to real employment opportunities. 

Students have the opportunity to earn 39 different industry certifications and to explore career pathways before they graduate from high school, which 95% of District 214’s students do.

District 214 graduates Andrew Splett and Maram Safi are interviewed in the video about how they discovered their passions and futures through the district’s Career Pathways program, as well as District 214 educators Dr. Lazaro Lopez and Michael Geist.

Watch the video and learn more about the campaign at https://www.achievingtomorrow.org/city/chicago/.

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