Employer Engagement

Resources on topics such as business and industry, workforce investment boards, industry validation, talent pipeline and the skills gap

  • Case Study
  • Research/ Report
April 2015

This report from MDRC provides a brief history of CTE, examines common career pathway models to identify design principles, and charts a path forward for strengthening and expanding local career pathways.

  • Guide/Tool
November 2014

This report, the result of a year-long task force convened by the Council of Chief State School Officers, presents a clear set of actions states can take to ensure more students graduate from high school prepared for high-skill, high-demand careers.

  • Policy
July 2013

West Virginia’s Simulated Workplace program demonstrates how states, particularly those in rural geographies, can draw on industry expertise to ensure high-quality work-based learning within a classroom setting.

  • Research/ Report
January 2015

Jointly authored by Advance CTE and the Association for Career Technical Education, this report provides a state-by-state review of policy changes impacting CTE during 2014 across the country.

  • Guide/Tool
July 2016

This toolkit, developed by Jobs for the Future, provides guidance to community colleges interested in developing a work-based course model. The guide walks users through six stages of program design and implementation.

  • Policy
March 2009

Minnesota’s Technical Skill Assessment project (TSA), which was launched in 2009 and has since expanded to encompass 79 Career Pathways, demonstrates how states can develop a strong assessment framework by engaging the employer community and aligning secondary and postsecondary systems.

  • Guide/Tool
February 2015

This report by the National Skills Coalition, developed through the State Workforce and Education Alignment Project (SWEAP), explains how states can create dashboards to help policymakers assess key outcomes across their state's education and workforce programs.

  • Policy
August 2012

Developed in partnership between OSPI, the Boeing Company and the Manufacturing Industrial Council, Core Plus is a two-year, industry-developed curriculum that helps students graduate with skills in the manufacturing and skilled trades. 

The Learning that Works Resource Center was developed through the New Skills for Youth initiative, a partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers, Advance CTE and the Education Strategy Group, generously funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co