Welcome to North Central Regional Betterment Coalition (NCRBC.) We are a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization formed in 2008, which serves LaSalle, Bureau, and Putnam counties. As a betterment coalition, we strive to improve our region by engaging in innovative ways to partner with other local entities to build a better community. Some of our collaborative projects include:
· In partnership with Advance Illinois, NCRBC sponsored a regional town hall meeting focused on state and local education. The key note speaker was Bill Daley. Over 200 community members attended.
NCRBC acted as a sponsor and a spring board for the creation of NCI ArtWorks
· Together with Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC), Carus Corporation, LaSalle-Peru Township High School, Starved Rock Association for Vocational and Technical Education (SRAVTE), and the Peoria Strategic Manufacturing Group, NCRBC created the annual North Central Illinois Discover Manufacturing Career Expo, currently in its fourth year. The Expo brings together educators, manufacturing employers, and students so that students can understand how their education impacts future career choices and that all types of interesting and good paying jobs are locally available in the manufacturing setting.
· Working closely with Rotary, Kiwanis and local Chambers, NCRBC assisted IVCC in scheduling community meetings where Dr. Jerry Corcoran and Fran Brolley introduced a new capital project – The Peter Miller Technology Center
· In collaboration with St. Margaret’s Health, IVCC, and SRAVTE, NCRBC successfully applied for a 60 by 25 Network healthcare sub-grant. The matching grant will fund a health care careers expo for high school and junior high students.
· Led by former Board member DeAnna Carlson, NCRBC sponsored a middle school Youth Chess Club.
Co-sponsored several community meetings with renowned philanthropist Blouke Carus and Illinois Valley Society for Human Resource Management. The central topic of these meetings was emphasizing the importance of public and private collaboration to help students become college and career ready. Speakers and panel members participating were local, state and national experts in their fields.
· NCRBC, as lead, and together with over 25 regional entities, applied for and was granted 60 by 25 Network Leadership Community status. The 60 by 25 Network is a state-wide organization created by Advance Illinois, Northern Illinois University Education Systems Center, and Illinois Student Assistance Commission. The 60 by 25 Network is committed to the goal of having 60 % of adults having a post-secondary degree or career credential by the year 2025. Attainment statistics can be found at dashboard.il60by25.org