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Below is a series of self-assessment questions to consider as you expand student pathways to success. If you have additional recommendations or feedback, please email:

  1. Have you established a postsecondary attainment goal that is inclusive of credential and degree attainment, registered apprenticeship, on-the-job workforce training, and military service?
  2. Have you formed an interagency committee to connect K12, higher education, and workforce?
  3. Have you worked with community stakeholders to develop college and career readiness goals that include things like high school graduation, FAFSA completion, and postsecondary matriculation and completion?
  4. Do your K12 (via ESSA) and youth workforce (via Perkins and WIOA) accountability systems prioritize career and college readiness?
  5. Does your state incentivize or provide support to employers to engage in work-based learning opportunities or youth employment?
  6. Does your state provide support to employers or groups of employers through industry associations, unions, or chambers to coordinate education and training programs at the local, regional, or state levels?
  7. Does your state provide financial support for students to participate in college and career courses, including dual enrollment, CTE, and work-based learning?
  8. How does your state share information to schools/educators on which industry sectors and occupations are strategic for economic and workforce development?
  9. Do state agencies have the ability to hire paid interns or support other forms of work-based learning?

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