Carson City, NV - March 30, 2016
CARSON CITY, NV – The Nevada Department
of Education today announced it has secured a $100,000 grant to develop a detailed
career readiness action plan, which is an essential step to expanding economic
opportunity for young people across our state.
Nevada is among 24 states and the District of
Columbia that secured grants for this work through phase one of the New Skills
for Youth grant opportunity. The grants are one piece of a $75 million,
five-year initiative developed by JPMorgan Chase, in partnership with the
Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Advance CTE, aimed at
increasing economic opportunity for young people by strengthening
career-focused education, starting in high school and ending with postsecondary
degrees or credentials aligned with business needs.
grant award increases national and statewide awareness of Nevada’s Career
Readiness Project and advances Nevada’s credibility as a locus of vital
said Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction, Steve Canavero, Ph.D. “I am proud to receive this award on
behalf of all Nevadans. It honors the demonstrated will and capacity of
Nevadans to improve opportunities for all Nevada youth to prepare for
highly-skilled, well-paid jobs in the New Nevada.”
Today, too few young people are receiving the
education or training in high school and beyond that would put them on a track
to qualify for these careers. By the age of 25, only about half of young
Americans have a meaningful postsecondary credential that enables them to
compete for good jobs, and the U.S. youth unemployment rate is more than double
the national rate.
Through phase one of New Skills for Youth, Nevada and
other selected states will each receive a $100,000 six-month grant, in addition
to expert technical assistance and peer support from other grantees, to perform
a diagnostic assessment of their career preparation system and prepare for
implementation of a new action plan.
New Skills for Youth grant promotes the Nevada Ready! Goal of Career
Readiness for all students. The Career Readiness Project will scale
up career preparation programs (Career Pathways) for Nevada youth, aligning
them to current and future employer needs. Resources and technical
support from the grant will assure that the education-workforce pipeline is
well-designed and contributes to the continued economic growth of the State.
“States across the country are adjusting their
career readiness programs to ensure they adequately prepare students for their
next step after graduation,” said Chris Minnich, executive director of CCSSO.
“States have seized this grant opportunity to pursue bold plans for pathways
that will put kids on a course for success after high school and beyond.”
“We must address the youth career crisis, and it
starts in our schools,” said Chauncy Lennon, Head of Workforce Initiatives,
JPMorgan Chase. “These grants kick start an effort to ensure career and
technical education systems are better aligned with the needs of business and
leaders throughout states that are committed to tackling youth employment.”
An independent advisory committee recommended phase
one grant recipients after a rigorous review process that considered states’
proposed plans, cross-sector partnerships, and demonstrated commitment and capacity
to transform their systems of career preparation according to the grant
guidelines. In the judgment of the advisory committee, the selected
states showed promise in their career readiness plans and indicated strongly
that this work is a priority for them.
Nevada and the other phase one planning grant
states, will be eligible to apply for the phase two grant opportunity, which
will require states to demonstrate the commitment and capacity to execute the
action plans developed in phase one.
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 that all children also graduate from high school
prepared for careers.
CCSSO’s work has been guided by the recommendations
made in Opportunities
and Options, a report of CCSSO’s Career Readiness Task Force.
report encourages states to make high school programs more responsive to the
labor market by enlisting the employer community as a lead partner;
significantly raise the threshold for quality career pathways in secondary
schools; and make career preparation matter to schools and students, in part by
expanding accountability systems to emphasize career readiness.
more information on the New Skills for Youth grant opportunity or CCSSO’s
Career Readiness Initiative, visit http://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Programs/Career_Readiness_Initiative.html