Wisconsin was one of the 10 states selected to participate in New Skills for Youth (NSFY). NSFY, launched by JPMorgan Chase & Co. in 2016, is a $75 million, five-year initiative, aimed at strengthening and expanding high-quality career pathways for youth. As part of this initiative, the Council of Chief State School Officers, Advance CTE and Education Strategy Group worked with states to improve their career readiness systems.
This snapshot profiles the work Wisconsin did to enhance its career readiness system across the entire NSFY initiative. Between 2016 and 2019, Wisconsin:
- Designed and launched Pathways Wisconsin: Pathways Wisconsin is supported by regional coordinators who work with employers, K-12 and postsecondary leaders and other key stakeholders to develop career pathways that are approved at the state level.
- Engaged employers to strengthen regional career pathways: While the state originally planned to identify CEO champions to lead in each region, state leaders soon recognized that a better strategy would be to engage existing networks of employers through the regional economic development organizations.
- Enhanced the state data system with Career Technical Education (CTE) data and career readiness indicators: To improve data quality and alignment, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction integrated CTE data collection into the state’s WISEdata student information system.
To learn more about the history of the New Skills for Youth Tennessee initiative, visit any of the following resources:
To learn more about 10 New Skills for Youth states, visit the New Skills for Youth Impact Snapshots series page.