The pathways to prosperity network

The Pathways to Prosperity Network—a collaboration of Jobs for the Future, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and member states and regions—is building systems of grade 9-14+ STEM college and career pathways. Our pathways create new opportunities for young people, provide employers with a talent pipeline of young professionals, and strengthen state and regional economies.

About the network

Why Pathways?

More than half of young Americans reach their mid-twenties without the skills and credentials needed for success in today’s demanding economy. By 2020, 65% of jobs will require postsecondary credentials, especially in high-demand STEM fields, which have rewarding career opportunities for people with two-year degrees and industry-recognized credentials. Yet the postsecondary attainment rate in the U.S. is only 45%, and low-income students often struggle to gain access to postsecondary education. We must improve how our education system—from K-12 through college—partners with employers and prepares our young people for success, and Pathways to Prosperity aims to do just that.

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College completetion rates are alarmingly low

Four-year institutions

Two-year institutions

Joining the Network

Members of the Network join a community of states and regions that are leading a national college and career pathways movement working to achieve a shared vision:

  • Every young person has clear college and career goals and the supports to achieve them.
  • Every employer has a talent pipeline of young professionals with the skills needed to contribute to and lead the workforce.
  • Every regional and state economy is thriving and providing opportunities for upward mobility to its citizens.

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Nancy Hoffman
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Nancy Hoffman
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