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There are many obstacles standing in the way of young people finding fulfillment in life after high school. Those interested in entering the workforce right out of high school face a societal perception that enrolling in a college or university is a superior decision. For those interested in continuing their education at a college or university, the emphasis has tended to be less about furthering education attainment and more about performing well against a pre-determined standard of performance.
It is time to transform how we think about preparing students for postsecondary success, the workforce, and removing the barriers and perceptions that keep each sector in their own silo.
Focus on hiring on demonstrated skills. Scroll through any job posting website and you’ll see a common theme: postings that require applicants to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Yet, major employers – including Google, Apple and Bank of America – are learning that generic degrees do not necessarily equate to the skills they need […]
Career exposure and experience while in high school. Work-based learning policies and programs allow students to engage with employers and industries to improve career awareness and experiences while young people are still in high school. Programs usually begin with exposing students to an array of industries/occupations through job shadows, workplace tours, mentoring, etc.; followed by […]
Earn valuable workplace credentials in high school. Industry certifications are industry-recognized credentials that demonstrate expertise in a specific area. Such credentials are valuable and necessary to work in a variety of occupations – from agriculture and manufacturing to information technology and health – and often convert to college credit as well. Given international demand for […]
Receive early college credit via dual enrollment and other means. Dual enrollment policies (sometimes called concurrent enrollment) allow high school students to enroll in college courses that lead to credit in both the K-12 and postsecondary systems. Typically, it involves the student enrolling in classes at a local college while still enrolled in the K-12 […]