BJC HealthCare, Chris Nicastro, College and Career Readiness, Cooperating School Districts, DESE, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Jobs for the Future, Pathways to Prosperity Network, St. Louis Magazine, St. Louis Public Schools
Cooperating School Districts has rescheduled the Pathways to Prosperity meeting for Friday, April 5, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at 1460 Craig Road. Dr. Bob Schwartz of the Harvard Graduate School of Education will discuss Missouri’s participation in the national Pathways to Prosperity Network, a joint initiative of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Jobs for the Future, a Boston-based workforce development intermediary. Deans from college and university schools of education from across the metropolitan area have been invited to attend.
The Network was created to help states build a system of career pathways that enable all young people to successfully transition from high school though a postsecondary credential of high skills and family-supporting careers. The states selected to participate in the Network include: Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, and North Carolina, with California and Georgia in the process of joining. In Missouri, the focus of this effort will be in the St. Louis region with the idea of expanding strategies statewide.
Each participating state will build career pathways aligned with high-growth sectors of the regional economy that combine rigorous academics with powerful technical education. Initial industry areas of focus for Missouri include those with high workforce demand in St. Louis and statewide: healthcare, biotech/plant science/ agriculture and finance/information technology.
In Missouri, the Pathways work is being led by Commissioner Chris Nicastro and Sharon Hoge, Assistant Commissioner of College and Career Readiness. The Steering Committee is co-chaired by Kelvin Adams, Superintendent of the St. Louis Public Schools, and June Fowler, Vice President of Corporate and Public Communication for BJC HealthCare. The Project Management team is Stephanie Riven, retired COCA CEO, and Laura Winter, past editor of St. Louis Magazine. Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis is serving as the regional intermediary and fiscal agent.