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Washington Secures Grant to Improve Career Prep

OLYMPIA — April 1, 2016 — By the age of 25, only about half of young Americans have a meaningful postsecondary credential that enables them to compete for good jobs. The youth unemployment rate is more than double the unemployment rate of those aged 25 or older.

A new grant received by Washington state could help change the numbers.

The New Skills for Youth grant provides $100,000 for states to develop a detailed career readiness action plan. The plan is an essential step to expanding economic opportunity for young people across our state. A total of 24 states, and the District of Columbia, received these grants.

“I am a long-time supporter of career and technical education,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “I believe this grant will allow our state build a system for students who learn better through hands-on experiences. We will be able to find out what is working best and how to focus our efforts. This will help ensure that all students gain the skills they need for success after graduation.”

The grants are one piece of a $75 million, five-year initiative developed by JPMorgan Chase, in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Advance CTE.

The first phase of the grant will involve a diagnostic assessment of Washington’s career preparation system and the development of an action plan. The goal is to increase the career pathway opportunities for all students, especially those who are in underrepresented groups.

All phase-one grantees will be eligible to apply for the phase-two grant opportunity. Phase two will require states to demonstrate the commitment and capacity to execute the action plans developed in phase one.

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