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State Leaders Career Development Network

Managed by the Coalition for Career Development (CCD) Center, the State Leaders Career Development Network, or State Leaders Network (SLN), includes leaders from all 50 states, DC, and national organizations.

The SLN is dedicated to learning innovative strategies to introduce, implement, and evaluate personalized career planning processes for youth. Members range from state education agencies (e.g., school counseling, special education, career and technical education, college and career readiness) to state workforce development agencies to vocational rehabilitation agencies to higher education. This group meets monthly to discuss their career development implementation efforts, especially as they relate to the use of personalized career and academic plans (PCAPs), as well as to share resources, ask questions, and discuss challenges.

2022 EOY Progress
Report: CCD Center Accomplishments

State Leaders Network

In 2022, the SLN met for a total of nine monthly meetings, with the tenth planned for December 9, 2022. Average attendance is 37 attendees scoring an overall satisfaction rating of 3.6 on a satisfaction range from 1 (low) to 5 (high).


The 2021 SLN outreach list grew from 179 members to 322 today. Members represent all 50 states and, Washington DC, international leaders, and over 15 organizations.

CCD Center Products
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2 national reports

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4 policy briefs based on the Condition of Career Readiness report

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4 state-level case studies and 8 policy/practice briefs derived from the case studies

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Searchable map of the U.S. containing PCAP, SEL, CTE, and Work-Based Learning policies 

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Evidence-based practice brief of resources designed to encourage adoption of PCAPs

5 presentations featuring the Condition of Career Readiness report.

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10 new episodes of the “Career Readiness for All” podcast

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CCD Center social media

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CCD Center newsletter

CCD Center website 

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National Reports

Two national reports were completed: the 2022 Condition of Career Readiness Report and the National Framework Report Connecting PCAPs, SEL, and Workforce Development. Four policy briefs, a state-level case study, and five presentations were developed as a result of the inaugural 2022 Condition of Career Readiness Report. We are preparing more state comparison brief reports that will serve as a strategy we will replicate with our 2023 report. Developed in collaboration with the CASEL and Civic, aA second national report describes ways to integrate career readiness, workforce development, and social and emotional learning skills. Five state-level case studies and corresponding policy and practice briefs were based on this report.


Career Readiness Technical Assistance

The CCD Center received a contract with ESG to support the JP Morgan Chase New Skills Ready Network initiative.  Our role is to provide career advising and PCAP  technical assistance to the six communities. Activities include keynote presentations to the New Skills teams meeting in Cincinnati and the Columbus career advisors and release of one Resource Brief and draft of a second Resource Brief. Nashville and Indianapolis are scheduling similar TA support for January.

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