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ACTE Supports New Common ''Career Ready'' Statement


October 18, 2012


ACTE Supports New Common ''Career Ready'' Statement

On Oct. 18, ACTE joined with nearly 30 other national business, education, policy and philanthropic organizations to support a common statement on career readiness. The paper, titled “Building Blocks for Change: What It Means to Be Career Ready,” helps to define what it means to be career ready in the 21st century and unites and amplifies a common voice around the often referenced, but not always fully understood, term.


In 2010, ACTE released a “What Is Career Ready?” definition outlining three broad sets of skills students need to be career-ready: core academic skills, employability skills and technical skills. ACTE created the definition to broaden the national discussion on the topic. Several states have referenced the ACTE definition as a starting point in developing their policies. The new “Building Blocks for Change” statement provides a more detailed description of career readiness while building on the foundational elements outlined in ACTE’s original definition.

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