United Way believes that preparing students for success goes beyond the classroom. We believe that our responsibility to our children is to not only equip them with the skills they need to be successful in school, but in life. We also believe that for families to break the cycle of poverty, students need skills, exposure, and opportunity. The San Diego College and Career Readiness Consortium that we facilitate involves aligning 15 San Diego school districts, five community college districts and three industry sectors, working to increase opportunities for students to prepare for college and career and help build a community with a well-trained workforce for high-demand, high-skill, high-wage occupations.
This will create opportunities for students to prepare for and transition into three of the fastest growing, high demand industries: advanced manufacturing, clean energy and information and communication technology. For many students, exposure to these industries allows them to envision and plan for careers that they could never conceive of before.
The goal of the Consortium is to prepare students for college and career by supporting them along through work-based learning, ensuring that they participating in real-life experiences that increase their awareness of the opportunities that are out there, help them explore the things that are interesting to them, and prepare them to enter that field.
It is a unique and exciting opportunity for employers and educators to work together to create a system that supports each and every student to recognize their unique strengths and meet their full potential.
If a student has never heard of a clean energy, never met someone who works in information technology, or cannot see themselves doing advanced manufacturing, they are very unlikely to aspire to those jobs or to develop the skills that it takes to be successful in those fields. Our students are on the cusp of adulthood -- they're our future tax payers and our future workforce! Not only does it provide a unique and potentially life-changing exposure and opportunity for students and their families, it is a long-term investment in San Diego’s economy and workforce.
With our career pathways work, United Way and partners throughout the county are working to turn the tide on student disengagement, giving students an experience in school which directly links them to gainful employment opportunities upon graduation—a motivating outcome that we believe will help students graduate from high school not only on time but more prepared for the workforce!
Establish a regional infrastructure to ensure that all students experience high-quality pathways and are successful in college and career. This will be accomplished by: