Linking College Readiness and Career Readiness

Here are some quick links and resources to help you make the case that the academic foundation is the same for students going on to college OR careers:

  • To help guide your efforts - and bust common myths about how all students, particularly those not going onto a four-year college, don't need to meet college- and career-ready expectations - check out the Future Ready flex fact sheet (available in PDF or Word)

  • Next, dig into the economic research that shows why all students need some education and training beyond high school (starting with a summary of Achieve's The Future of the U.S. Workforce research), as well as see a round up of what employers are demanding from new employees.
  • Bolster your arguments with the positions of Association of Career and Technical Educators and the Career Ready Partner Council, who all define "career readiness" as including academic readiness pegged at the level of the Common Core State Standards.
  • Read Understanding the Skills in the Common Core State Standards to see how the CCSS reflect many of the skills most demanded in today's workforce.

For all advocacy materials that touch on the issue of career readiness, see here.

For all relevant research on the college- and career-ready agenda, jobs and the workforce, see here.

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