“The Youth CareerConnect program can help to ensure that all children receive the education they deserve and the experience the nation’s job market demands,” Wise said.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced a new collaboration between the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education to make $100 million available for Youth CareerConnect grants to provide high school students with industry-relevant education and skills necessary for a successful future. In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, made the following statement:
“Education plus engagement equals economic success.
“The Youth CareerConnect program that President Obama announced today has great potential to reduce the high school dropout rate and revitalize students’ interest in their education by pairing rigorous academic and career-focused curriculum with relevant work-based learning opportunities.
“Successfully stemming the tide of high school dropouts—who number more than 1 million each school year—and ensuring that they graduate prepared for college and a career represents a tremendous economic opportunity. In fact, according to data from the Alliance for Excellent Education, increasing the national high school graduation rate to 90 percent for just one high school class would create as many as 65,700 new jobs and boost the national economy by as much as $10.9 billion.
“Successful education models, such as Linked Learning, already implement innovative partnerships between individual schools and businesses and institutions of higher education, making high school more engaging and preparing students for college and a career. It is time to bring this idea to scale.
“Today, there are 3.9 million jobs going unfilled because employers cannot find applicants with the education and skills needed to fill them. Education is the solution to this problem. The Youth CareerConnect program can help to ensure that all children receive the education they deserve and the experience the nation’s job market demands.”
More information on the program is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/19/fact-sheet-youth-careerconnect-grants.
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. www.all4ed.org.