Pathways to Prosperity Missouri
Through the Pathways to Prosperity Network, Missouri is working to develop pathways that link work and learning and meet current and projected state labor market demands. This involves a new partnership of employers, educators and policymakers committed to build a system of pathways for high school age students to and through a postsecondary technical education program and into meaningful work.
Jobs for the Future is providing technical assistance to participating states. This includes data gathering and asset mapping interviews in Missouri in summer 2012 leading to the development of a draft work plan. The planning process will culminate with a two-day institute at Harvard Graduate School of Education in September at which participating states will discuss common challenges and strategies for addressing them locally and nationally.
Pathways to Prosperity Missouri will initially focus on the St. Louis region with the longer-term goal of creating a statewide system of career pathways that can serve a majority of students. Initial industry areas of focus include those with high workforce demand, including healthcare, biotech, agriculture, finance and information technology.