New Skills for Youth - Looking Ahead

The core vision that drives Ohio’s three-year action plan is the goal of improving access to high-quality career pathways for all students across the state. To do this, the project team aims to improve communications efforts, strengthen career guidance services,and continue to integrate career readiness indicators into statewide accountability mechanisms. 

Starting with a key driver of college and career readiness and building upon the accountability systems currently in place, the Ohio project team discussed with the State Board of Education strengthening career readiness metrics within the state’s accountability system under the Every Student Success Act. The team also plans to develop and release a career readiness metrics toolkit that can be used at both the state and local levels to guide policymakers through the process of analyzing and reflecting on career readiness data.  


Goal 1: Have all students proceeding and succeeding along paths that lead to meaningful, fulfilling and life-sustaining careers.

Goal 2: Ensure that Ohio’s workforce is responsive to and satisfies current and emerging employer demand in a way that positions the state as a leader in workforce quality and availability.

Ohio also aims to strengthen services to students by empowering local administrators and guidance counselors to integrate academic and technical learning. For example, the state plans to unveil a web-based tool called Standards by Design that school districts can use to design model courses of study. Additionally, the state plans to create a dynamic career pathways tool that will enable students to draw connections among jobs, occupations and education and training opportunities. To foster more education and business partnerships, Ohio plans to repurpose its six regional Tech Prep centers to serve as intermediary organizations tasked with coordinating relationships and opportunities for work-based learning and professional development among K-12, business and industry and higher education. 

Further, the state plans to continue the work underway to increase the number of students earning credentials of value —work that has catalyzed in recent years under the state’s revised accountability system and updated graduation requirements. The state is currently piloting a senior-year credentials program that is designed to reach under-engaged students and help them earn an industry-recognized credential prior to graduation. Currently,51 programs are active in Ohio schools. Ohio plans to expand the program to 200 schools by the 2019-20 academic year. 

Finally, the project team will roll out the SuccessBound brand to help bridge the gap between students and career opportunities. This work will involve developing and disseminating communications tools and training state support staff to implement these engagement strategies. 

Although Ohio will experience a change in state leadership in 2019 due to gubernatorial term limits, Governor Kasich has been thoughtful about creating a transition plan to sustain Ohio’s workforce development priorities across administrations.

Last Modified: 5/1/2017 12:22:11 PM