Policy Series Reports

Another promising initiative at the state level is for local high schools, community colleges, or college systems to partner with local industries in order to bring relevant classes to their institutions, while also bringing the students into the workplace to gain on-the-job experience. This has positive benefits for the companies because they are able to ensure a steady stream of qualified workers.  At the same time, it benefits schools, which are able to provide hands-on learning experiences and ensure students who come to their institutions will be able to get high-quality work experience and provide opportunities to lower students’ debt burdens.  Upon completing courses, when equipped with an industry-backed certification, students will have more opportunities to continue through school or begin working on family supporting wages. 

The following states have provided innovative partnerships between education and industry: 

California 
Indiana 
Kansas 
North Dakota 
South Carolina 
Wisconsin

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