Nearly two-thirds of educators say they are now more concerned or much more concerned about closing the academic opportunity gap for students of color, socioeconomic status, and disabilities.
Many high school students heading to college are simply unprepared. 40% fail to graduate from four-year schools.
Employers are struggling as well. 75% of US employers say they are unable to fill positions with qualified workers that have the necessary skills — the highest levels in nearly two decades.
We need a different approach to educate students and better prepare them for college AND careers. Research shows that when giving students a purpose for learning, and connecting what they learn to career pathways, they are more engaged in their schoolwork and more motivated to learn.
Career-connected learning (CCL) is key to engaging and motivating students. CCL replaces abstract concepts with real-life applications geared toward career exploration. Students that see the connection between school and getting a good job through CTE concentration graduate at significantly higher rates. But why stop by limited career exposure to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, when career-connected learning can be embedded directly into core curricula?
Pathway2Careers combines rigorous instruction with engaging, real-world applications to accelerate learning and promote growth.