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Part 1: College and Career Readiness—The Outlook for Youth

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

A group of teenagers  are sitting on a bench doing homework. Text reads Policy Forum Series: Part 1 College and Career Readiness—The Outlook for Youth September 28, 2023 4-5:30 p.m. EST

Sep 28, 2023 | 4:00PM EST

Join the Coalition for Career Development (CCD) Center and the Boston University Wheelock Center for Future Readiness for the first in a three-part policy forum series.

Our communities continue to invest in our schools and higher education with the hope that all youth will become college and career ready. But how well are we preparing today’s future workforce to navigate high-quality, high-demand occupational pathways that lead to economic self-sufficiency and social mobility?

On Thursday, September 28, 2023, from 4-5:30 p.m. EST, American Student Assistance President and CEO Jean Eddy, Flare Education President and CEO Ajit Vakharia, EdVestor Senior Director of Career Pathways LaVonia Montouté, and CCD Center CEO Eva Mitchell and Vice President of Research Scott Solberg will discuss the recently-introduced Youth Workforce Readiness Act of 2023, key state-level college and career readiness outcomes, and strategies to bolster cross-sector partnerships.

Attendees will learn about states’ efforts to improve our youths’ transition to and outlook on employment, including:

  • Beginning the use of individualized career plans in middle school;

  • Expanding access to connected learning pathways; and

  • Coordinating interdisciplinary collaboration among the preK-12, higher education, and business and industry sectors.

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While local communities and states are becoming increasingly aware of non-degree career pathways for our nation’s youth, they continue to invest significant tax dollars in more traditional educational pathways— policies and programs that produce high school graduates intending to pursue traditional post-secondary degrees. This brief offers a national snapshot of state-level college and career readiness outcomes with respect to postsecondary engagement and completion rates.

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