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Sauk Valley Is First Community College in Illinois to Offer CCPE Currency

To help combat the teacher shortage, Sauk Valley Community College is offering every student entering the college with a College and Career Pathway Endorsement (CCPE) a $100 credit. Sauk Valley is the first community college in the State to offer an award based on the CCPE and joins Northern Illinois University, Golden Apple, and the Minority Teachers in Illinois program in recognizing the value of the endorsement. The award can be used for books or tuition. Click here to read more....

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What is the Education Pathway Endorsement?

The Education Pathway Endorsement provides students professional learning and academic readiness as to prepare for a career in the field of education. A student who earns the endorsement will complete high school committed to pursuing education as a career and begin college with advanced experience on his/her resume. The student gains both technical and essential employability skills provided throughout the endorsement process.

Darryl Hogue, Superintendent of River Bend

"Pathways provide a roadmap to a bright, promising future with specific experience future careers. I cannot think of a better way to help students reach career goals than giving them a path to follow".

Dr. Darryl Hogue, Ed. D. Superintendent River Bend CUSD#2

Jennifer Stevenson

"I feel that the work that MCUSD 6 has done with Pathways has opened a whole new avenue for students. Particularly with our Education Pathway, students can set themselves up to be ahead of the game when they graduate high school; this takes preparedness to a whole new level. For students who know that they would like a career in the field of education, joining the pathway sets them up for success and begins giving them the more specific, career-focused knowledge and content that they will need in their post-secondary work, while also allowing them experience and time to see if that particular career choice is right for them before they have to make a post-secondary decision."

Jennifer StevensonDistrict Library Media SpecialistEducation Pathway Teacher
Morrison CUSD 6

Pathways and Partners

The Lee Ogle Whiteside Regional Office of Education has partnered with Sauk Valley Community College to facilitate the implementation of college and career pathway endorsements in area high schools. The state awarded the Sauk Valley area a $500,000.00 grant to support the development of this program at participating schools. Partnering schools include Riverbend Community Unit School District 2, Morrison Community Unit School District 6, Dixon Public Schools 170, Rock Falls High School 301 and feeding districts, Amboy Community Unit School District #272, Ashton-Franklin Center CUSD #275, Forrestville Valley CUSD 221, Center for Change and Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico #3.


Dallas Knack

February 26, 2021                                                                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SVCC Receives CTE Pathway Grant

Sauk Valley Community College, in partnership with ROE 47, has applied for, and was awarded, a grant to fund educational pathways for local high school students. SVCC is proud to announce that this $249,000 year 1 grant from the Illinois State Board of Education is phase one of a four phase grant cycle, totaling $747,000, that will allow the college to better aid area students who are interested in careers in the education field. High school pathways is a project that SVCC will work with area partners Ashton-Franklin Center High School, Amboy High School, Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico High School, Sterling High School, Forreston High School, Center for Change Alternative High School, ROE47, and Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce.

SVCC truly is the community’s college, working with local organizations to better our community. The college greatly values the relationship it has with Sauk Valley area businesses, organizations, and industries. This relationship allows the college to listen to the needs of our area. One of the greatest needs that the college frequently hears of is the shortage of teachers nationwide, and specifically in the Sauk Valley area. To help combat the shortage, SVCC and ROE 47, applied for, and received, a grant to help extend the partnership’s work in career pathways, specifically in education. This grant work will attempt to prepare students to be educators in the hopes that they will return to the area after college graduation.

The education pathway has been initiated by the State of Illinois and gives students a path to follow starting in high school that will allow them to earn an education endorsement on their diploma. To receive the endorsement, students will complete education focused coursework, including Dual Credit courses in education and have completed a minimum of 60 hours of hands-on experience working directly with students. This opportunity provides students with early learning regarding the field of education which will give them a “leg-up” when they enter postsecondary. Several area postsecondary institutions are building incentives into their education programs that will benefit students who enroll with a pathway endorsement.

Receiving the grant will allow SVCC to continue its partnerships with Ashton-Franklin Center High School, Amboy High School, Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico High School, Sterling High School, Forreston High School, Center for Change Alternative High School, ROE47, and Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce. The funding will enable this collaborative to identify students interested in an education career as early as middle school and align their coursework and experiences to have a focus on education. It is the goal of the grant for the schools in the partnership to be self-sufficient at the end of the four-phase cycle and encourage additional schools in the Sauk Valley area to participate and invest in pathways for our local students.

For more information, please contact Janis Jones, PASS Facilitator,