Kentucky has spent several years intensively implementing reforms in college and career readiness, including the incorporation of career readiness measures into its state accountability system. During Phase One of the New Skills for Youth (NSFY) grant, the state NSFY team built on those reforms by carrying out a thorough and transparent analysis of the availability of high-skill, high-demand career pathways. The team then built a strategic plan focused on a regionalized approach to improving career pathways and career readiness systems.
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 Kentucky’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.