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ERIC Number: ED612591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2021-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Preventing Failure to Launch: Creating More School-to-Work Pathways for Young Adults
Goodman, Veronica; Pankovits, Tressa; Murphy, Tess
Progressive Policy Institute
Research shows that employers are less likely to hire workers with little to no experience for the "first jobs" that many younger workers rely on to build their skills and credentials. Without those first jobs, many will face fewer paths to enter the workforce. To help the non-college-bound, the nation's education system needs to create alternative pathways to careers. The Biden administration and Congress have the opportunity to create a revamped system that addresses inequality by building continuous pathways between high school and work. As part of his Build Back Better plan, President Biden has called for grants to states to accelerate students' attainment of quality credentials, degrees, and opportunities in job training programs. This paper reviews several case studies to provide evidence-based examples of how to better connect students to careers. It first addresses the need for broad-based pathways to careers and then focuses on four key themes across school-to-career models, including: (1) the importance of work-based learning that connects students to employers; (2) curriculums that emphasize soft skills and social capital to prepare young adults for their first jobs; (3) the need for supportive or wraparound services to help students get across the finish line; and, (4) high schools that help students earn credits toward postsecondary education along the way to graduation.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Progressive Policy Institute
Identifiers - Location: Texas; California; Louisiana (New Orleans); New York (New York)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A