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Pathways to Prosperity Network Publishes New Report

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July 2, 2014

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Pathways to Prosperity Network Publishes New Report

The Chronicle of Higher Education published an article yesterday on an encouraging new report titled "The Pathways to Prosperity Network: A State Progress Report, 2012-2014," published by the Pathways to Prosperity Network, an initiative of Jobs for the Future and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The report details best practices and successes from eight states that have implemented strategies to provide middle and secondary school students with career exploration opportunities, career pathways and alternatives to four-year college.

States including California, Massachusetts and Ohio are highlighted in the report for having taken steps to educate students about CTE programs in the face of the growing disconnect between employers' needs and workforce skills. Anthony P. Carnevale, the director of Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, is quoted in the article stating that as these programs integrate academic and skills training, they are "providing the missing middle in American higher education."

By connecting students with career exploration opportunities, employability and technical training, and partnerships with local businesses, these states are ensuring that their students will graduate with the skills needed to succeed in college and careers. ACTE has information on how these and other states around the country are delivering high-quality CTE programs, available in our State Profiles. To learn more about the Pathways to Prosperity Network, click here.

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