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Key Objectives

The Career Readiness Collaborative work is organized around four key objectives consistent with MDE’s Top 10 in 10 Goals and Strategies:

  1. Employer Engagement

Establish employer-driven processes informed by real-time, projected, and other labor market information (LMI) to determine high-skill, high-wage in demand industry sectors or occupations with which career pathways and their associated credentials must be aligned.

  1. Rigor and Quality in Scaled Career Pathways that Culminate in Credentials of Value for ALL Students

Use policy and funding levers to improve the quality and rigor of career pathways that span secondary and postsecondary, offer career development (including guidance and advisement), blend rigorous and engaging core academic and career-technical instruction, include high-quality work-based learning experiences, and culminate in postsecondary or industry credentials of value—including scaling down or phasing out those that don’t lead to credentials with labor market value – and make those pathways widely available to and accessed by all students in all secondary settings, especially in underserved populations.

  1. Career-Focused Accountability Systems

Incorporate robust career-focused indicators in state k-12 accountability systems that measure and value successful completion of high-quality career pathways, attainment of credentials with labor market value, participation  in work-based learning, and enrollment in postsecondary education or apprenticeships.

  1. Align State and Federal Funding Streams

Reorganize and intentionally align state and federal funding streams from education, workforce development, and economic development sources to effectively deliver career-focused programs to all students.

Career Readiness Initiative Alignment to Top 10 in 10

The key objectives of the Career Readiness Initiative align to MDE’s Top 10 in 10 Goals and Strategies:

Goal 1-Provide every child access to an aligned, high-quality P-20 system from early childhood to postsecondary attainment – through a multi-stakeholder collaboration with business and industry, labor, and higher education – to maximize lifetime learning and success.

  • Rigor and Quality in Scaled Career Pathways that Culminate in Credentials of Value for ALL Students

Strategy 1.4: Ensure that the P-20 accountability system has aligned expectations and outcomes, and that appropriate data and measures are used to survey the transition of Michigan’s children between various stages of the P-20 pipeline.

  • Career-Focused Accountability Systems

Goal 2-Implement, with strong district and building leadership, high-quality instruction in every classroom through a highly coherent child-centered instructional model where students meet their self-determined academic and personal goals to their highest potential.

  • Rigor and Quality in Scaled Career Pathways that Culminate in Credentials of Value for ALL Students

Goal 4-Reduce the impact of high-risk factors, including poverty, and provide equitable resources to meet the needs of all students to ensure that they have access to quality educational opportunities.

  • Rigor and Quality in Scaled Career Pathways that Culminate in Credentials of Value for ALL Students

Goal 5-Ensure that parents/guardians are engaged and supported partners in their child’s education.

  • Rigor and Quality in Scaled Career Pathways that Culminate in Credentials of Value for ALL Students

Goal 6-Create a strong alignment and partnership with job providers, community colleges, and higher education to assure a prepared and quality future workforce, and informed and responsible citizens.

  • Employer Engagement

Goal 7: Further develop an innovative and cohesive state education agency that supports an aligned, coherent education system at all levels (state, ISD, district, and school).

  • Align State and Federal Funding Streams

Population Served

The work of the Career Readiness Collaborative targets students enrolled in Michigan Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and Public School Academies (PSAs) in grades P-20, in collaboration with K-12 education, business and industry and postsecondary education partners.

Expected Outcomes

The Career Readiness Collaborative is a multi-year effort to transform Michigan’s career readiness system. The Career Readiness Cross-Sector Team is a Michigan Department of Education (MDE) effort to enlist educators and employers to help in transforming Michigan’s Education System so Michigan’s graduates are ready for advanced training, work, and lifelong learning.

Career Readiness Cross-Sector Team

The Career Readiness Cross-Sector Team is an MDE strategy to engage stakeholders in ACTION to transform Michigan’s Career Preparation System and achieve the career readiness goals identified in the Top 10 in 10 strategic plan. These long-term goals reflect and align to the recommendations set forth in the Study of Michigan’s Career and Technical Education and Career Readiness System (May 2016), the Governor’s Talent Investment Board resolution (Sept. 2016), the Governor’s 21st Century Education Commission (Feb. 2017), the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance recommendations (June 2017), and The Marshall Plan (Feb. 2018). The Career Readiness Cross-Sector Team is part of MDE’s participation in the Career Readiness Network (CRN)—a Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) initiative to support states in improving career readiness. The Career Readiness Cross-Sector Team includes representatives from employers, employer organizations, organizations representing k-12 and postsecondary educational institutions, and state agencies.

What is the Career Readiness Cross-Sector Team (for employers and educators)

Career Readiness Cross-Sector Team

Career Readiness Resources

Advance CTE Communication Tools

Michigan Career Readiness Initiative Successes