Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Learning Exchanges have been formed for selected high-demand career clusters/industries to improve the coordination and delivery of resources, work-based learning opportunities, career guidance, and partnerships that support local STEM programs.
In Illinois, Learning Exchanges were formed for:
Learning Exchanges provide a new infrastructure by voluntary association that helps coordinate investments at a statewide level to better connect and serve local programs in a similar career cluster while also tracking local and statewide performance.
Each sector-based Learning Exchange is governed by a consortium of education, business, and community partners, with a specific entity serving as a fiscal agent to receive public investment. Learning Exchanges are required to have a state-approved strategic plan and have a state designation, but they operate as independent, voluntary public-private networks using the Illinois Pathways Initiative Governance Model. Compare the traditional Historic Funding Model approach to the Systemic Funding Model approach advanced by the Illinois Pathways Initiative.