What Does It Really Mean to be "Career Ready"?

Due to the Common Core, math and ELA have taken center stage in classroom debates. However, there are many more subject areas that comprise a well-rounded education and ensure that all students reach their potential. At the 2015 AAP PreK-12 Learning Group Fall Policy Exchange, Kimberly Green, Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, will discuss policy initiatives focused around Career Tech and STEM. Below are excerpts from articles and policy statements by Kimberly Green concerning what it means to be career ready and how to support that goal. 

On what it means to be career-ready: “The phrase college and career readiness is used constantly, along with an assumption that there is a common understanding of what this term means or aspires to achieve for students, employers and our nation. Yet, when you start to unpack the term, what becomes crystal clear is that there is no clarity.  While there is some agreement that college readiness means preparation for credit-bearing, college-level coursework without the need for remediation, such agreement doesn’t exist when defining career readiness…Career readiness isn’t something you ‘get’ at a certain age or at a certain educational institution. It is a complex term because it reflects the diversity and rapidly changing demands of the workplace. Career readiness isn’t for some students, it is for all students.” “Finding Clarity in Career Readiness through Partnerships,” by Kimberly A. Green, Pearson (April 3, 2015)

On ensuring that career and technical programs are consistent across the nation: “The link between a person’s education and success in their career has grown stronger in today’s global economy. The trend is only expected to intensify, adding pressure onto education systems to teach students rigorous academics and skills that match the demands of the 21st century. In June 2012, Career Technical Education (CTE) State Directors released the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC)—a states-led initiative to ensure that CTE programs are consistent and of high-quality across the nation…We know that every student in the 21st century global society must have both the skills and perspectives to navigate the dynamic playing field. The CCTC are coupled with the Career Ready Practices to ensure students are taught to comprehensive standards that lead them to be well-rounded, successful individuals.” “Common Career Technical Core: Standards for a Stronger Future,” by Kimberly Green, Asia Society

On the Obama Administration’s proposed programs (America’s College Promise and the American Technical Training Fund) that will provide more access to postsecondary education and training: “Both initiatives hold great potential to close the skills gap and make postsecondary education more accessible to working learners. Increasing access to high-quality community college programs is critical to ensuring our country’s continued competitiveness in the global economy and providing a pathway to success for millions of Americans. And, the American Technical Training Fund creates a unique opportunity to promote, catalyze and scale high-quality CTE programs of study that engage in strong partnerships with employers and prepare learners at all levels for the careers of their choice.” “President Obama Announces Two New Initiatives to Support Greater Access to Career-Focused Education and Training,” CTE (January 9, 2015) 

Learn more about the Fall Policy Exchange, including schedule, speakers, and how to register. 


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