Employability Skills

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Career Stories Foster Skill & Competency Growth Critical skills and competencies can impact a person’s ability to obtain employment and to move along their pathway to their career objective. These sorts of qualities have been termed and referred to by many words. They have been referred to as “soft skills,” “people skills,” “interpersonal skills,” “transferable […]

Career Stories Promote Pathways to Careers

Promoting Career Exploration Career stories promote pathways to careers by connecting learners to the interview narratives of workers with real-world experience and advice. Interviewees frequently mimic mentors. This supports the notion that ‘if a student can see it, they can be it.’ Career journey stories allow learners to imagine themselves working in specific roles and […]

Solution Highlight: Problem-Based Lessons

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Pathway2Careers Math Projects provide a career immersion experience as students tackle real-world scenarios within a career. Each activity offers four career scenarios from which students can apply and demonstrate their understanding of math concept. Emphasizing collaborative activities, the projects are designed to support development of employability skills such as complex problem solving, critical thinking, communication, […]

Engineering a Real-World Model of Career-Connected Learning

Engineering a Real-World Model of Career-Connected Learning

Introduction: Defining Career-Connected Learning (CCL) Employing career-connected learning and redesigning coursework and curricula with a labor market data-informed career lens can make learning meaningful and bring real-life applications into classrooms across the country. The first step in engineering a real-world model of CCL is defining the concept –explaining what CCL is and what CCL is […]

Dropout Prevention Success Story

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Plumbing and mechanical systems inspector Jothum Stallings recounts as a high school student being “on the verge of dropping out.” His career story interview illustrates the effectiveness of developing career-connected learning and the promise of solutions tied to integrating real-life applications into instruction and curricula. It supports the notion that ‘if a student can see it, they […]

Equitable Access to Careers for All Students

Equity in the workplace starts with equitable education that leads to occupations that offer fair treatment in access, opportunity, and advancement for everyone. This includes identifying and working to eliminate barriers to fair treatment for disadvantaged groups from an individual level through systemic changes in organizations and industries. In order to achieve equity, we first […]

Close the Gap Between Education and Industry

At the end of 2021, employers were struggling to fill 10.9 million open roles. This hiring gap is due, in part, to new graduates not having the right technical skills for available opportunities. As educators, successfully ensuring the transition from school to career for students can be daunting, especially when some students lack the opportunities […]

Equity: In Education and Careers

When equity is introduced into career-focused learning, dreams can take shape. Every student can now begin to envision their ideal job, begin considering the new possibilities they have for work, and begin developing academic and career pathways that take them forward. Equity that begins with career education becomes an equalizing educational experience. We’ve come a long […]

Webinar: Career-Connected Learning

Career-connected learning is a growing and proven model of career readiness. By creating a culture of opportunities that connect learning to careers, educators can establish a sustainable future that closes the equity gap, improves performance, and enhances community collaboration.  NS4ed supports a career-connected learning model that combines career exploration, academic learning, and awareness of high-value […]

Summer Learning Supports

At NS4ed, we too are concerned about the unfinished learning that our nation’s students are struggling with due to the pandemic. The crisis of unfinished learning today suggests that our students may earn $49,000 to $61,000 less over their lifetime1. The lasting impact is even greater for historically disadvantaged students. Support for Summer Learning Programs […]