According to a McKinsey study, 72% of education institutions believed recent graduates were ready for work. Only 42% of employers agreed.
In 1950, the national graduation rate was 59%. By 2010, this rate increased to 80%. But did you know that students who earn some type of technical certification during high school now graduate at a rate of 97%?
The required skills needed in our workforce can be summed up by the formula 1:2:7. For every one job requiring a masters degree or higher, two Bachelor degree jobs will be available and seven Associate degree or Certificate jobs will be available.
The goals of educational programming must align with business community needs. In the same way, the business community must be actively engaged in owning a solution to their workforce challenges. Existing project based learning experiences provide priceless opportunities for students to acquire workplace learning experiences, engage students in real world projects, and provide authentic interactions that benefit both the personal and professional development of the student.
Community Promise is a complementary student pathway that aligns new CTE strategies with real long term career opportunities. This approach will accelerate traditional project based learning experiences by cultivating immediate employment opportunities for students who we equip to be immediately career ready after high school. We are committed to advancing business engagement opportunities from experience to authentic career pursuit.
In 2016, the State of Iowa adopted House File 2392, into law. The CTE redesign initiative, which focuses on middle and high school students, also aligns with the Future Ready Iowa program launched by Gov. Branstad. This legislation will help achieve the Future Ready Iowa goal that 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce have education and training beyond high school by 2025.
Within our community high schools, curriculum and training opportunities already exist around the following career clusters that support nearly 80 career pathways. These career clusters align with the state’s CTE focus and include: