Denver, Colorado, 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 Denver, Colorado, team — working under the name New Skills Ready Initiative (NSRI) — began developing strategies for data sharing among secondary and postsecondary systems, mapping their shared career pathways, and working on a model for co-advising. The state of Colorado, alongside Denver, also prioritized the need for improved career planning and further strengthening its workforce development system.
This snapshot provides a summary of the two major priorities of Denver, Colorado's New Skills ready network team:
- Building a shared data framework to better measure the impact of career pathways; and
- Mapping career pathways to ease learner transitions.