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National College and Career Pathways Initiative Launch Expands to 14 States with a New Investment from Salesforce

SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND –  (May 8, 2024) Advance CTE, Education Strategy Group (ESG), ExcelinEd, Jobs for the Future (JFF), and New America are excited to announce the expansion of Launch: Equitable & Accelerated Pathways for All with the addition of three teams from Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia thanks to the generous support of a new initiative funder, Salesforce. The new investment will also help extend Launch into a third year, through fall 2025.

Jared Polis: How Blurring the Lines Between High School, College and Careers Can Set More Teens Up for Success

Originally published in an essay and shared on The74, Jared Polis highlights Colorado’s efforts to blur the lines for learner success. “In offering students more opportunities to gain skills, we can save time and money, create a better-trained workforce & better support our businesses.”

State and Regional Leaders from Across the Country Join New National College and Career Pathways Initiative – Launch: Equitable & Accelerated Pathways for All

Advance CTE, Education Strategy Group, ExcelinEd, Jobs for the Future (JFF) and New America have joined efforts with support from national funders to advance economic and social mobility for all learners. SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND – February 8, 2023 –  While many states and communities have taken great strides in expanding access and removing barriers to high-quality career pathways, gaps in access and outcomes for different learner groups remain persistent.

Launch – A Shared Commitment to Advancing High-Quality & Equitable Pathways

Advance CTE Executive Director Kate Kreamer connects the Launch Initiative to Advance CTE’s vision in which there exists “a career preparation ecosystem that offers each learner access to and the means to succeed in any high-quality CTE program or experience that leads to success in their career of choice.”

Delaware Pathways and The Big Blur on NBC Nightly News

A spotlight by NBC Nightly News on  Delaware Pathways. We need to respond to what learners and workers are telling us. This piece also features Jobs for the Future (JFF)‘s Joel Vargas discussing the need to transform the traditional high-school-to-college structure of our country’s education system and how The Big Blur is the key to doing just that.

The Big Blur: Recent State Legislative Priorities Embrace Cross-System Collaboration to Support Students

Featuring legislation that reflects meaningful progress on and demonstrable commitment to addressing the future of work in high school, improving data collection and transparency, streamlining the transitions between secondary and postsecondary, supporting career exposure in middle school with clear information about available multiple pathways, and investing in early college programs and initiatives to engage employers in pathways development and work-based learning experiences. Launch sites featured: Colorado, Illinois, and Tennessee.

National Partnership Seeks to Scale Innovative Career Pathway Programs

An article on Insight into Diversity that provides an overview of the equity focus of the Launch initiative.

A Clear Vision and A Shared Commitment: LAUNCHing Equitable Access to Pathways

Casey Wrenn, Director Career Readiness at Education Strategy Group and the Initiative Director of Launch shares the vision behind the initiative.

OPINION: Post-pandemic, let’s develop true education-to-workforce pathways to secure a better future

An opinion piece by Matt Gandal, President and CEO of Education Strategy Group (ESG) with input from the Launch partners on how it is time to change how we are thinking about education.

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