November 16, 2012 — A Strategic Focus on Career Readiness

The Career Readiness Partner Council, a broad coalition of national education, business, philanthropic and policy groups, has come together to create a clear vision for what it means to be career-ready. The Council’s statement, “Building Blocks For Change: What it Means to be Career Ready,” makes clear that career readiness is a process of connecting “education and employment to achieve a fulfilling, financially secure and successful career.”

“This bold, clear and comprehensive vision crystallizes what it means to be career ready and advances earlier policy debates that too often focused almost exclusively on college entrance and completion,” said Kimberly Green, executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, the group that coordinated the effort. “We realized that what is needed is a broader approach that combines education and workforce preparation under one umbrella. With this document, the Career Readiness Partner Council has taken an important step toward that goal.” The full report and a complete list of the participating organizations can be found at http://www.careerreadynow.org/ .