Career Education: Disrupting the K-16 Model for Equitable Access to Future Jobs

It has been decades since the K-12 and postsecondary systems were established and became the structural systems that still exist today. These systems were created, in part, with the aim of providing students the education they would need to achieve career success and equal access to future jobs. However, times have changed and yet we have not substantially rethought how the structure of our education should work to best serve students and long-term career goals. Over the last few years, innovation has begun to create programs that merge the secondary and postsecondary systems to create education and career pathways that are more appropriate for today’s learners. But is it enough? This panel will discuss the progress of this early work and why further investment is necessary in this area.