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 not.

What is CCL?

According to NS4ed founder and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Joseph L. Goins, when linking “learning with the needs of the workforce, education becomes purposeful” (2022, paragraph 3). Igniting driven, motivated, purpose-filled learners to engage in their studies deeply is an important goal for career-connected learning. NS4ed advocates developing innovative, researched, and holistic career-connected learning programs. By analyzing and processing labor market data and sharing that sortable, easy-to-navigate, valuable information with our educators, students, and local communities, we can define and educate on high-value careers; forecast the direction of the labor market and changing American economy; connect educational programs to jobs (thus providing relevancy); connect education, industry, and community leaders; and support regional economies across the country.
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