This guide provides a roadmap for school-to-work pathways for any company, no matter the size of the business or the industry-whether you’re just getting started or already have a school-to-work program that you want to expand for Opportunity Youth.
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If this is a new effort, it’s okay to start small. Regardless of scope, school-to-work opportunities can be a win for both your business and Opportunity Youth. Partner organizations which are defined here in this guide as high schools and community colleges can significantly help you develop successful initiatives in many key areas, such as curriculum development and needs assessments for training.
School-to-work pathways focus on collaborations between employers and education providers (link to definition: This guide focuses primarily on high schools and community colleges as partner examples.) to develop 21st century workforce skills for young people. These models often link the professional and/or technical skills into curriculum that employers look for and provide young people with valuable workplace exposure.