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Big Ideas, Postsecondary Success

Skills-based hiring

Focus on hiring on demonstrated skills. Scroll through any job posting website and you’ll see a common theme: postings that require applicants to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Yet, major employers – including Google, Apple and Bank of America – are learning that generic degrees do not necessarily equate to the skills they need […]

Big Ideas, Postsecondary Success

Work-based learning opportunities

Career exposure and experience while in high school. Work-based learning policies and programs allow students to engage with employers and industries to improve career awareness and experiences while young people are still in high school. Programs usually begin with exposing students to an array of industries/occupations through job shadows, workplace tours, mentoring, etc.; followed by […]

Big Ideas, Postsecondary Success

Industry certifications

Earn valuable workplace credentials in high school. Industry certifications are industry-recognized credentials that demonstrate expertise in a specific area. Such credentials are valuable and necessary to work in a variety of occupations – from agriculture and manufacturing to information technology and health – and often convert to college credit as well. Given international demand for […]

Big Ideas, Postsecondary Success

College credit in high school

Receive early college credit via dual enrollment and other means. Dual enrollment policies (sometimes called concurrent enrollment) allow high school students to enroll in college courses that lead to credit in both the K-12 and postsecondary systems. Typically, it involves the student enrolling in classes at a local college while still enrolled in the K-12 […]


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Align Higher Education

Ensure innovative models are not at a disadvantage in admissions. As primary and secondary education moves to more competency-based models of education, a key challenge will be to ensure that postsecondary institutions view such transcripts in a way that does not put them at a disadvantage compared to transcripts that feature traditional elements like grade […]

Our Mission

yes. every kid works with anyone to support policies that respects the dignity of every student, fosters a diversity of approaches, and is open to the free flow of ideas and innovation.