STEM and Careers/Workforce

STEM and Careers/Workforce

Career Pathway Systems: Lessons from Miami
American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) staff and a group of national leaders recently visited Miami-Dade County Public Schools, renowned for its commitment to providing students with multiple pathways to success. Their career pathway efforts center around programs of study which build students’ competencies in core academic and career areas and provide the opportunity to earn postsecondary and workforce credentials. Learn more here.blue

Classroom to Career: Leveraging Employment Data to Measure Labor Market Outcomes
The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) report explores the challenges and opportunities to connect state and federal level employment data with student records to determine labor market outcomes for postsecondary programs and institutions. The report, written by Rachel Zinn, Director of the Workforce Data Quality Campaign, proposes strategies to help agencies and institutions more effectively collect and share information, and provides recommendations on federal and state policies to better inform students and other key stakeholders. Read more here.

Talent Orchestrators: Scaling Youth Employment Through Business-Facing Intermediaries
A recent paper from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation examines the role of “business-facing intermediaries” in helping to address the problem of youth unemployment at a time when the business community is in dire need of talent. Noting that half of employers are unable to fill vacant positions and only 11% of employers feel newly credentialed graduates are ready for work, the paper provides concrete examples of how business-facing intermediaries – such as the Boston Private Industry Council, STEP-UP Achieve in Minneapolis, and i.c. stars in Chicago, among others, are producing positive results for youth and the private sector. Read the report here.

The Path Least Taken III: Rigor and Focus in High School Pays Dividends in the Future
A new report from the Center for Public Education (CPE), a policy research initiative of the National School Boards Association, finds that high school graduates who enter the workforce directly instead of attending college can achieve similar and, in some cases, greater economic and social success than college goers, provided those graduates received a rigorous education during their high school years. The report, focuses on a group of high school graduates the authors describe as “high credentialed,” those who earned at least a C+ grade point average; completed Algebra II, advanced biology, and at least three career and technical education courses in a specific labor market area; and obtained a professional certification or license. Read the report here.

STEM Classroom to Career: Opportunities to Close the Gap
The Research Consortium on STEM Career Pathways, led by the Educational Research Center of America, conducted a national survey of high school students in STEM classes during Spring 2015. Their new report draws on those data to identify opportunities, challenges, and promising practices for leveraging equity to meet STEM workforce needs. Read the report here.

Who You Know Matters. So Why Isn’t Edtech Helping Students Build Social Capital?
Julia Freeland Fisher (@juliaffreeland), Director of Education Research at the Clayton Christensen Institute, offers a thought-provoking post urging the EdTech sector to focus more on developing and scaling technologies aimed at helping students build social capital. “In the present moment, online or blended interactions may pale in comparison to face-to-face relationships. But these technology-enabled interactions need not compete head on with state-of-the-art face-to-face supports. Instead, they promise to offer new connections in circumstances where the current alternative is nothing at all.” Read more here.