New Skills ready network Year Two Annual Report: Making Strides to Achieve High-Quality, Equitable Career Pathways

This annual report provides an overview of strides to achieve high-quality, equitable career pathways across six sites participating in the New Skills ready network initiative. provides an overview of the New Skills ready network initiative; highlights key steps forward for sites across the four project priorities; and identifies lessons learned from year two.With the support of Advance CTE and Education Strategy Group, the six New Skills ready network sites - Boston, Massachusetts; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Nashville, Tennessee -  mapped and analyzed the quality and alignment of career pathways; aligned systems of career advising; increased learner access to work-based learning opportunities; and intentionally embedded equity throughout all initiatives. The sites also conducted year three action action associated with the four priority areas:

  1. Strengthening the alignment and rigor of career pathways;
  2. Designing, implementing and scaling real-world work experiences;
  3. Building seamless transitions to support postsecondary success; and 
  4. Closing equity gaps.

In addition to the annual report, each site's priorties and accomplishments are detailed in a corresponding Year site snapshot: 

New Skills ready network 2021-2022 Snapshot: Boston, Massachusetts 

New Skills ready network 2021-2022 Snapshot: Columbus, Ohio

New Skills ready network 2021-2022 Snapshot: Dallas, Texas 

New Skills ready network 2021-2022 Snapshot: Denver, Colorado

New Skills ready network 2021-2022 Snapshot: Indianapolis, Indiana 

New Skills ready network 2021-2022 Snapshot: Nashville, Tennessee

These resources were produced through  JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s New Skills ready network, a five year, $35 million initiative aimed at developing equitable career pathways and policy recommendations that give underserved students access to higher education and real-world work experiences that lead to high-wage, in-demand jobs. This initiative is part of JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s  $350 million initiative to improve student completion of high-quality career pathways and a $30 billion commitment to advance racial equity .

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June 2022
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