About Us

Who we are

Funded by the Joyce Foundation, the Great Lakes College and Career Pathways Partnership (GLCCPP) supports four Great Lakes communities in building high-quality college and career pathways that equip students—particularly historically marginalized students or underrepresented groups—to thrive in college, career, and beyond. We’re so grateful for the partners that have supported this work. Learn more about them below:



ConnectEd partners with school, district, and community leaders to transform education through Linked Learning pathways so that all students, regardless of background, are prepared to succeed in college, career, community, and life. This approach is designed to make school more relevant for all students, regardless of background, and prepare them for lasting success in further education, career and life. A six-year evaluation of Linked Learning implementation in nine large to mid-sized districts in California found in December 2015 that compared with peers, students in certified Linked Learning pathways earn more credits during high school, are more likely to graduate, and report greater confidence in life and career skills. Founded in 2006, ConnectEd currently works with over 20 districts in California, as well as in Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, and New York.


Jobs for the Future (JFF) is a national nonprofit that builds educational and economic opportunity for underserved populations in the United States. The Pathways to Prosperity initiative—a collaboration of states and regions, Jobs for the Future, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education—seeks to ensure that many more young people complete high school and attain postsecondary credentials with value in the labor market. Each state and regional member is engaging educators and employers in building a system of grades 9-14+ career pathways, combining high school and community college, that launches young people into initial careers while leaving. open the prospect of further education.


Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University plays a central role in developing policies and programs to support career pathways across Illinois. EdSystems has strong experience in understanding the state policy aspects of local pathway system-building, structuring and implementing sector-based and regional partnerships, and defining roles for four- year postsecondary institutions to strengthen secondary to postsecondary pathway design and implementation.


The Joyce Foundation works with grantee partners to research, develop, and advance policy solutions to improve quality of life, promote community vitality, and achieve a fair society. Based in Chicago, we focus grant making in the Great Lakes region and also seek national impact. We believe a community is healthiest when benefits are shared widely among its people, and that there are certain essentials our public systems must get right in areas such as quality education for all and employment opportunities for disadvantaged workers.