With our focus on the workforce of tomorrow, the Workforce Development Board (WDB) seeks to improve the trajectory of our youth by providing previously unavailable avenues for employment. Not only will the initiative provide career pathways for High School (HS) youth who know what they want to pursue, it will also assist those who want to explore all opportunities within a Career Pathway.
By exposing youth to a Career Pathway and a range of other work-based learning opportunities, we positively transform lives. For some students, college is only one of many options. Through Career Pathways and work-based learning, HS youth will be offered innovative opportunities in both education and real world work experience. Career Pathway partnerships allow youth to be co-enrolled in HS and College giving them a glimpse of themselves as college students and participants in the future workforce. The work-based learning program enables businesses, schools, community colleges, and universities alike to benefit from the success of the students.
A pilot project will start in three school districts and in two Career Pathways. It will then expand to all 33 school districts and Career Pathways in the County. To develop the future workforce, over 100,000 HS youth will have the option to identify their career pathway and cross the bridge into gainful employment. This critical initiative provides an extraordinary opportunity to develop core academic, technical, and employability skills. Through continuous education and training, students will be prepared for high-demand and high opportunity careers.
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