Employer Engagement

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

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Policy
January 2013

Alabama’s 21st Century Workforce Act authorized the procurement of equipment for Career Technical Education (CTE) programs across the state. Yet the way that the legislation was implemented offers a model for other states to revise the quality of their own CTE programs.

  • Case Study
October 2015

This report from CNA Education identifies high-growth, high-wage occupations in Tennessee and maps them to associated CTE Career Clusters ®.

  • Research/ Report
October 2015

This report by the Manufacturing Institute, SkillsUSA and Educational Research Center of America explores findings from a recent survey on perceptions of Career Technical Education (CTE).

  • 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.

  • Research/ Report
January 2013

This report from MDRC summarizes a three-year evaluation of the Exploring Career and College Options program in California, Florida and Georgia. The report provides critical lessons and strategies for expanding career exploration activities in career academies. 

  • Case Study
February 2013

This report from the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) draws on data collected through literature reviews, web searches, telephone interviews and site visits to articulate a conceptual framework for work-based learning technical assistance.

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