Indianapolis, Indiana, is one of the six sites selected to participate in the New Skills ready network. This five-year initiative, launched by JPMorgan Chase & Co. in 2020, aims to improve student completion of high-quality career pathways. In the first year of the initiative, the Indianapolis, Indiana, New Skills ready network team developed an internal project management infrastructure that supports strong crosssector partnerships through regular monthly leadership team meetings. The team selected five career pathways to focus on and pilot future work around, and they conducted a meta-analysis of labor market indicators. The team also initiated foundational work around data sharing and data infrastructure to allow partners to measure learner progress across the initiative. State agencies, in their work alongside Indianapolis partners, continued their work on the Next Level Programs of Study, which Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) will help to pilot throughout the next school year.
This snapshot provides a summary of the two major priorities of Indianapolis, Indiana’s New Skills ready network team:
- Identifying initial career pathways of focus to pilot implementation of upcoming work; and
- Creating data infrastructure to guide strategic planning and increase access to outcomes data.