2012 Peoria College Changes Everything Conference

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The State of Illinois has adopted the goal to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60% by the year 2025.  The current rate for the state is about 41%.  Research also indicates that 64% of jobs in Illinois will require some education/training beyond high school by 2018.  To help reach this goal and support the economic development of the state and Peoria area, Peoria Promise, the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, Midstate College, and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission are working on an initiative to create a college going culture in the Peoria area.

The College Changes Everything movement is building awareness, collaboration, and public will to achieve Goal 2025. The campaign provides heightened awareness of the positive impact of higher education on the broader social and economic issues facing our society.  The campaign also promotes more efficient use of existing human and financial resources to provide greater results.   

To bring awareness of College Changes Everything to the Peoria area, we are pleased to announce a College Changes Everything conference will be held on October 5, 2012 at the Par-A-Dice Hotel.  Register for this one day conference (no registration fee) that focuses on effective practices and showcases resources available to help with college access and increasing college completion. The conference brings together a diverse audience of: college access practitioners; community organizations; high school leaders, counselors and case managers; college and university leaders and administrators; and policymakers and business leaders interested in higher education. 

Sessions presented by state and national leaders will provide purposeful information and engage the audience in thoughtful discussions on the serious issues we face. The forum will include time for sharing best practices with peers and tools to help participants walk away with plans for moving their access and completion efforts forward. Come ready to share and learn.

October 5, 2012 at the Par-A-Dice Hotel, 7 Blackjack Blvd., East Peoria, IL 

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