Preparing Students for the Future of Work

College & Career Readiness | 09/13/2018

Jessica Reynolds
National Digital Coordinator

Are today’s high school students prepared for tomorrow’s jobs?

A new report from XQ looks at what skills the next generation of workers will need to compete and how certain high schools are including this training in their curriculum.

At Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis, eleventh graders choose a career pathway in developing fields such as advanced manufacturing or supply chains and logistics, and every graduate has a pathway to postsecondary education and training – including an option for direct admission into Purdue Polytechnic Institute.

Crosstown High in Memphis is located in a 1.1 million square foot complex alongside businesses, nonprofits, and civic organizations, enabling students to learn from and work with community members. Students help plant and maintain a community garden and even partner with a medical clinic to assist with research.

It’s crucial that our high school students graduate prepared for the high-skills, high-wage STEM jobs of the future. That means more high-quality, real-world internships and opportunities to partner with local businesses, tech institutions, and nonprofits to contribute their ideas and talents at an early age.

Check out more interesting facts and stories in XQ’s “High School & the Future of Work.”

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