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College And Career Pathway Endorsements

Components to Earning an Endorsement on Your Diploma

  1. Individualized Learning Plan

  2. Career Exploration

  3. Pathway

    • Regional Postsecondary Program

    • Pathway Courses - at least 2 Dual Credit

    • Related Electives 

    • Transitional Support - Transitional Math, Transitional English

    • Professional Learning Experiences - career exploration, team based challenges, career development 

Creating Currency for College and Career Pathway Endorsement 

A growing number of institutions are offering incentives to students who have earned a CCPE, to help attract high school students into the secondary to postsecondary pathways and increase college completion rates for these students.


  • Northern Illinois University’s College of Education and EdSystems announced new incentives for Illinois students graduating with the College and Career Pathway Endorsement (CCPE) in Education in February 2021. Admitted students with the endorsement are automatically advanced as finalists to receive select scholarships and to participate in the college’s innovative Educate and Engage program. This announcement makes NIU the first postsecondary institution in the state to offer currency to high school students for the CCPE.

  • In December 2020, EdSystems announced a partnership with Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois, which is automatically advancing any applicants who have earned or are on track to earn the CCPE to the final stage of the application process. 

  • HB2170, also known as the Education Omnibus bill, includes an update to the Illinois’ Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship to fund students graduating with any of the pathway endorsements (Article 120).

  • Sauk Valley Community College announced in March 2021 that any student who completes high school with a Career Pathway Endorsement in any area will be awarded a $100 credit. Read more.

  • In March 2021, Chicago State University announced students who earn the CCPE in Education and apply for the Diverse Scholars in Education Scholarship or Call Me Mister Program are automatically advanced as finalists. Download student fact sheet.

  • Graduates of Ridgewood High School, the first school in Illinois to award a CCPE to its graduates, are already benefitting from earning an endorsement, including job offers. Read more.


College and Career Endorsement Graduates

Class of 2020

Human and Public Service Endorsement
  • Yilyanny Barreto-Rodriguez

  • Julie Clark

  • Ivy Huynh

METT (Manufacturing Engineering, Technology, & Trades)
  • Daniel Anzaldua

  • Adam Brenner

  • Giovanni Llamas

  • Michael Magyar

  • Nicholas Niedzwiedzki


Class of 2021

Human and Public Service Endorsement

  • David Berry

  • Klaudia Buck

METT (Manufacturing Engineering, Technology, & Trades)
  • Joseph Badalamenti

  • Matthew Kowalczuk

  • Natalie Pecaro

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