The Indiana New Skills for Youth (NSFY) Phase One team’s vision for career readiness was grounded in and built upon the work of the Indiana Career Council and the state’s 11 Regional Works Councils. During Phase One, the project team developed a plan to continue cross-agency collaboration through a state-level consortium and a shared communications plan, created dual credit crosswalks to link secondary and postsecondary career pathways, and laid the groundwork to strengthen the web-based Career Explorer planning tool with demand-driven labor market data.
Phase One of JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s New Skills for Youth grant extended from May to October 2016. With bold visions for improving career readiness in K-12 education, each Phase One state spent the grant period performing a diagnostic assessment of their career preparation system and preparing for implementation of a new action plan. This snapshot describes Indiana’s experience and progress in Phase One, including promising practices and innovations. Additional snapshots from other Phase One New Skills for Youth states are available here.