College & Career Readiness

College & Career Readiness

Two of every three new jobs now require some level of postsecondary education—training credentials, an associate degree, a four-year degree, or higher.

Students need to be prepared for our rapidly-changing workforce needs. A rapidly-changing job market has opened other pathways to equip our students with the skills and education they will need to build and support thriving families.

Strategies to Address College and Career Readiness

  • Strategy F/6

    Broaden the range of and access to high quality college and career pathways offered by our K-12 and postsecondary institutions, ensuring all students have access to and support for the full range of opportunities.

  • Strategy G/7

    Equip all students and their parents with the information and guidance they need to understand and navigate multiple college and career pathways, preparation, and processes.

  • Strategy H/8

    Galvanize community support to develop and implement a multi-faceted plan to increase paid work-based learning opportunities for students.

  • Strategy I/9

    Expand and strengthen support for first-generation and other low-socioeconomic students who need help transitioning to and completing postsecondary education.

  • Strategy J/10

    Create more on-ramps to education, training, and employment for our disconnected youth and young adults (ages 16-24).

  • Strategy K/11

    Elevate and actively promote the critical importance of acquiring a postsecondary degree and/or industry certification for our young people to successfully compete in our rapidly changing, technologically advanced labor market.

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Leading on Opportunity works alongside community to expand college and career readiness.

Kevin Loux

Community Impact Director

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Leading on Opportunity Presents a Day of Opportunity: Connect, Commit, Empower

March 26, 2019

Leading on Opportunity Presents a Day of Opportunity: Connect, Commit, Empower

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January 08, 2020

Leading on Opportunity Executive Director Final Luncheon Keynote: Expanding Opportunity for All

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