Peoria Pathways to Prosperity

It has become a common talking point among employers and educators… there is a shortage of skilled workers yet there are still too many people who can’t find jobs. Recently, a resolution to address this “skills gap” was reached with collaboration by the City of Peoria, local businesses, educators and support organizations.

The Peoria Pathways to Prosperity (PP2P) initiative places the emphasis and importance of education on the front lines. It is known that eight out of ten Illinois jobs require more than just a high school diploma. Increasingly however, fewer than ¾ of high school students will graduate and fewer than ⅓ of those will go on to earn a 2-year or 4-year degree. PP2P is designed to ensure that more students finish high school and are prepared to go on to earn a degree or required credentials recognized by employers. This initiative benefits the greater Peoria area and meets it’s economic and community goals to enhance regional and global competitiveness. The initiative is significant because it reflects the commitment made by parents/guardians, businesses, higher educational institutions, public schools and the students themselves to collaborate in meeting shared goals.

If you are interested in learning more about Peoria Pathways to Prosperity, contact Brent Baker, Peoria Pathways Coordinator, at