Nebraska Summit on Career Readiness

a project of the Nebraska Department of Education in partnership with the Department of Labor, Future Force Nebraska, and Partnerships for Innovation



We have accomplished a tremendous amount of work at this Summit. We have defined Career Readiness. We have identified a major shift we would like to see for each major stakeholder to make a dramatic impact on career readiness in the next 12 months. And we have started the process of identifying the core knowledge and skills in 10 key areas.

What comments do you have about the work we have accomplished? The word "leadership" did not show up in any of these reports. Being "Career Ready" is a larger idea than being "College Ready" - college is just a step on the way to being career ready. Legislators are not thinking about it in this way.

It was pretty amazing to see the distance we achieved over the course of the day today. This was an amazing amount of work achieved by a tremendously strong and diverse group.

The work that we have accomplished so far is an iteration. Some of these items still need revision, and we have devised a plan to move the work forward after the summit. We need to include the word "skills" in our definition of career readiness.

It was interesting to see how many of the pilot projects are already underway. We tend to try to start from the ground up every time, but we can do a much better to job to leverage the great work that's already happening.

Task Forces

This is a joke - there is one more round of work to do! There IS more work to do, but we will not do it today. We recommend that we create a series of task forces to continue the work that we have started here. Here are the task forces that we recommend:

The state board now expects us to bring them a set of standards for Career Readiness for approval. These task forces will require small teams of people who really like word-smithing to clean up the work we've started here. We will support you with technology and some resources. We need to ensure that great things come out of the work we have begun.

Closing Comments

I would really love to see this process unfold with young people doing this work! I would love to see what they would come up with. They need to be involved in this conversation. It would be very interesting to engage 100 high school students, college students, and new members of the workforce to hear them come up with a career readiness definition. It would be great to involve people involved in the criminal justice system as well.

I want to thank you so much for coming and working so hard. If you're like me, you must be mentally and physically exhausted. Thank you for contributing your thoughts and your ideas. I want to thank the Department and Labor and the business and industry people who were here. We are committed to making sure that great things happen with the work we started here.

From InnovationLabs, thank you for inviting us to be part of this valuable conversation. We facilitate design processes like these for all kinds of organizations all over the world. It is very special to have an opportunity to help young people in this way. It is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts.

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