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1 1 Pathways to Prosperity: A Global Update William C. Symonds Director, Pathways to Prosperity Project Harvard Graduate School of Education SCCOE CTE CONFERENCE Sept. 27, 2012

2 2 The Pathways Project: A Brief Review LAUNCHED: FALL 2008 *Two Key Questions *The Research Phase THE REPORT * Release: February, 2011 * Response

3 3 RESPONSE to the Pathways Report NATIONAL: *More than 30 states *Red AND Blue States EVERY GEOGRAPY * New England/ Mid-Atlantic * Midwest * West * Southwest and South

4 4 THE CALIFORNIA RESPONSE Pathways Conference: Cisco; January, 2010 Community Meetings: **Napa **Sonoma County/ Santa Rosa **Palo Alto Santa Clara County CTE Conference: CTA Conference: Los Angeles Pathways Network: **San Bernardino **Long Beach

5 5 WHY IS THERE SO MUCH INTEREST? The Record of School Reform: Disappointing at Best The American Dream is at Risk: **Near-record youth unemployment: 53% grad unemployment/underemployment **Soaring student debt **Middle class under pressure: Median income back to mid-90s THE BOTTOM LINE: A HUGE CHALLENGE AND A BIG OPPORTUNITY

6 6 What is the Pathways Challenge? The United States is increasingly failing to prepare young people to lead successful live as adults: The Key Role of Education in the American Century We have lost our global leadership in educational attainment and achievement Teen and young adults (20-24) are increasingly unable to find work Mounting social problems: Youth poverty; decline of the family; huge economic challenges THE DANGER: A WASTED GENERATION

7 7 College for All does not mean everyone needs a B.A. Even in this decade most jobs do not require a B.A. Source: March CPS data, various years; Center on Education and the Workforce forecast of educational demand to 2018.

8 8 What are the Trends in California? By 2018, CALIFORNIA expected to have 19 million jobs: 61% OF THESE JOBS WILL REQUIRE PSE BUT ONLY 31% WILL REQUIRE A 4-YEAR DEGREE OR HIGHER 30% WILL REQUIRE AN AA DEGREE OR SOME COLLEGE SO: COMMUNITY COLLEGES ARE VITALLY IMORTANT!!!

9 9 What is the right goal for the U.S.? “College for All” needs to be broadened to mean a meaningful “post-high school credential” for all A meaningful credential can be earned in many ways: Community college/Technical College Apprenticeships The military/community service Four year college

10 10 THE ROAD TO A PATHWAYS SYSTEM 1.Multiple Pathways 2.An Expanded Role for Employers 3.A new Social Compact with Young People

11 11 The Payoff from a Better Pathways System: FOR STUDENTS: more options; easier transition to work; higher engagement/attainment FOR PARENTS: less financial stress/debt FOR EMPLOYERS: A strengthened pipeline; better-prepared workers; new ways to give back FOR COMMUNITIES: A stronger social fabric; a more vibrant economy; fewer social problems

12 12 STATES TAKING THE LEAD

13 13 The Goal: World-Class CTE “The Massachusetts Model:” Public School Choice **How It Works **The Pay-Off **Boston: Can it work in Urban America? Oklahoma Technology Centers: Providing excellence despite a Red State philosophy Tennessee Technology Centers: Who says 2-year colleges can’t have high graduation rates?

14 14 The Illinois Pathways Initiative ORIGINS: A Direct Response to Pathways The Framework: **Learning Exchanges: true business-education partnerships **Focused on high-demand careers: Manufacturing; IT; Health Science; R&D; Ag **Funding: RTT plus Industry Match TIMELINE: **Formal Launch: February, 2012 **Exchanges selected: September **Three-year rollout

15 15 The Policy Response: WASHINGTON: Career Pathways Act **Key provisions: --Promotes Career Exploration; encourages students to select Career Majors --Promotes work-based learning --Encourages multiple Pathways NEW YORK REGENTS: **The question: How do we define College and Career Readiness **The answer: Alter existing assessments

16 16 FORGING A SOCIAL COMPACT BUILDING AWARENESS/ WILL THROUGH PATHWAYS CONFERENCES: **Nebraska/ Minnesota/ Wisconsin **NH/ Rhode Island/ Hawaii THE PATHWAYS TO PROSPERITY NETWORK **6 STATES PLUS SOME CALIFORNIA **MAPPING EXERCISE **THE NEXT CHALLENGE

17 17 INTERNATIONAL LEADERS

18 18 In many European countries over half of upper secondary students are in vocational educational and training Source: OECD (2008), Education at a Glance 2008, OECD indicators, Table C1.1, OECD, Paris.

19 19 EXEMPLARS FROM ABROAD CHAMPIONS OF THE “DUAL SYSTEM:” SWITZERLAND-GERMANY: **VAST CHOICE OF CAREERS **EXTENSIVE EMPLOYER INVOLVEMENT **INTEGRATION OF ACADEMIC/VOCATIONAL GROWING INTEREST IN FAST-GROWING COUNTRIES: BRAZIL: **DOUBLING ENROLLMENT **RAISING STANDARDS

20 20 The Case for Vocational Education Training Pedagogical Best way for many young people to learn Apprenticeships support developmental needs of young people Higher attainment Many countries with best VET systems surpass the U.S. Finding work Facilitates transition to labor market In best countries: Lower youth unemployment!!

21 21 NEXT STEPS FOR PATHWAYS “CREATING PATHWAYS TO PROSPERITY:” * National conference: At Harvard :March *Who Will Attend --Teams from Many States --Partner organizations --Business and Gov’t Leaders *Goals EXPAND THE PATHWAYS NETWORK

22 22 What Can YOU Do? Spark the Dialogue Organize a Local Pathways Conference Get Involved Nationally Educators: Work to raise the bar in career education; career counseling Employers: Enlist other companies; provide work- based learning and mentoring


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