What is "Career Ready"?

This fact sheet seeks to update the components that make up "career ready". The authors broaden career readiness to include: academic skills, employability skills, and technical skills to align with the needs of 21st century employers. The authors conclude that it requires all three of these skill sets for students to be career ready.

College for All? The Labor Market for College Educated Workers

This guide addresses the question: "Is the demand for 'college jobs' growing?" The author approaches the question by breaking relevant issues and the research into four areas: 1) evidence on the trajectory of the demand for skill; 2) sources of rising skill needs; 3) are the benefits real; and 4) moving forward. The author concludes that increasing access to higher education is beneficial in "social, civic, and economic terms."

Preparing All Youth for Academic and Career Readiness: Implications for High School Policy and Practice

This policy brief released by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability at the Institute for Educational Leadership identifies five broad policy and practice areas critical to ensuring all students--and especially those with disabilities--are prepared to succeed in high school and in their post-secondary careers. The brief makes 14 recommendations spread across the five areas and provides suggestions on what organizations can support these recommendations.

Business-Education Partnerships and College and Career Readiness

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) and the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a Webinar on January 10th, 2013, entitled College and Career Readiness for All Youth: The Role of Businesses. The event focused on business-education partnerships, specifically those aimed at preparing high school-aged youth for college and career.

What We Are Reading: High School Stats, Dropout Prevention, On Track for College and Career, Education Technology, Youth Employment

Looking for new high school-related resources? Here are some pieces that the National High School Center and other organizations have recently released:*

Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century

The Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus convened a panel Tuesday, July 24th to discuss the implications of a recent Harvard Graduate School of Education report, “Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century.” Bill Symonds, lead author of the report, argued that four-year college as a path to preparing students for the w


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