At a quick glance, the U.S. economy is slated to increase from 140 million to 165 million jobs by 2020. While job growth is a positive development, states across the country are being challenged to innovate how they develop and train a modern workforce to meet the new demands of a changing economy. By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the U.S. economy will require postsecondary education or credentials beyond high school, as the demand for traditional blue-collar workers continues to decline.
States around the country are scouring for best practices to give their next generation an edge and to quickly build a twenty-first century workforce. One solution that’s gaining traction: Build sturdier bridges between high schools, colleges and employers to create opportunities for students to graduate high school having already earned a college degree or having received extensive vocational and technical training so that they are uniquely prepared to enter the workforce the day they graduate.