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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

CCSSO Announces Investment to Advance State Career Readiness Pathways for Students

CCSSO partners with JPMorgan Chase on New Skills for Youth
Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

Washington, D.C. (January 19, 2016) -- The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today announced a new grant opportunity to help states pursue bold plans to redesign and advance career pathways for students across the country.

CCSSO is partnering with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) to support states as they elevate career education by working with educators, business, higher education, and community members to align career pathways with high-skill, high-demand jobs.

"State education leaders have demonstrated a strong commitment to making sure all children are not only prepared for college but ready for careers once they graduate from high school. Through CCSSO's Career Readiness Initiative, states are creating bold plans to reinvent learning so every child has the opportunity to experience a meaningful career pathway that prepares them for the high-skill, high-demand needs of today's economy," said Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers.  

"This historic investment from JPMorgan Chase will help states make this vision a reality in the next several years."

The New Skills for Youth state grant opportunity is one piece of a $75 million, five-year initiative JPMorgan Chase announced Tuesday aimed at increasing economic opportunity for young people by strengthening career-focused education, starting in high school. JPMorgan Chase has set aside $35 million in grant funding for states.

This grant opportunity builds on CCSSO's Career Readiness Initiative, launched in 2015 to help close the skills gap in this country. The goal is to ensure that students are not only college ready, but all children also graduate from high school prepared for careers.

Through that initiative, CCSSO has been helping all states in their efforts to create plans to reinvent learning so every child has the opportunity to experience a meaningful career pathway that prepares them for the high-skill, high-demand needs of today's economy.

For more information on New Skills for Youth grants for states, click here.

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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.