Workforce Readiness

Research References:

  • Bausmith, J. M., & Barry, C. (2011). Revisiting Professional Learning Communities to Increase College Readiness The Importance of Pedagogical Content Knowledge. Educational Researcher, 40(4), 175–178.
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Workforce Readiness Research Documents

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Making Youth Employment Work
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Promising Practices in Work-Based Learning for Youth
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Building Career Pathways to Credential Attainment and Workforce Opportunities
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Trade & Soft Skills in SC
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Pathways to Prosperity
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WIOA, Perkins and ESEA Intersections
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Finding Landscape

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