Throughout the strategic planning process, we engaged with stakeholders across the state, including business leaders, industry associations, philanthropy, labor, state agencies, legislators, K-12 and higher education systems, educators, students, and parents. In addition, we engaged with national experts to learn from other places across the country. We know that achieving our vision of a comprehensive state-wide system for career connected learning requires partnership and collaboration among all these stakeholders.
We are now preparing for implementation.
Connecting students with jobs means intensive work on the local level. Regional networks will connect and support local schools, teachers, employers, colleges, industry groups and others to develop regional strategies and programs. They will be our lead on recruiting local employers to help develop high-quality programs that truly prepare students for employment.
We will also build on the success of current career-connected programs by expanding their capacity and using them as models for new ones. This will be especially important at the Career Launch level, as those programs lead students on a direct path to a credential and employment.
Engaging students and families in this new approach is essential, and with networks and programs ramping up, so will communication with families. We’ll be working to ensure that families know about the available programs in their region and that the programs meet the state’s quality standard. We will be developing a review and endorsement process to give families that confidence.
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