K-12 Education

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Recent federal legislation, such as the Every Student Succeeds Act, has brought national attention to improving both college and career readiness. Career development is a critical component, but there is widespread dissatisfaction with the quality of today’s services. Best practices are well-positioned to better inform and prepare students for the world of work; however, there is one notable limitation—they are not designed to foster employer leadership. As companies look to create a pipeline of talent to compete on a global stage, how can the business community secure and maintain the supports it needs to play an expanded role in career development?

Career Readiness: A Business-Led Approach for Supporting K-12 Schools


In today’s economy, career readiness is receiving increased attention at the state and federal levels. Much of this is driven by a growing interest to ensure that students are equipped with the right skills to make the school-to-work connection. Employers are also signaling that our schools need to better address a persistent and deepening skills gap that is impacting many industries crucial to our country’s economic future.