Report: Widening Postsecondary Pathways in High Schools

Over the past year, New York City has invested in a set of new programs designed to help young people explore and prepare for career pathways, with the NYCPS Chancellor calling career success the district’s new “north star.”


In this report, we draw on interviews, focus groups, and site visits with nine of CARA’s partner schools to understand how these efforts to expand career pathways are progressing. All our conversations were conducted as part of a series of summits run last year by CARA, JobsFirstNYC, and Shared Lane.


The report identifies four themes, highlighting both the promise educators see in widening postsecondary pathways, and the steps they feel are needed to ensure these new initiatives are implemented equitably and effectively.

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Resources for Building Career Pathways

The Ways to Get Started series provides examples of how school leaders, teachers, and counselors can embed career-connected learning into the school day by taking early, fundamental steps. This series provides examples from New York City schools that have worked with CARA and JobsFirstNYC to provide career exploration and development for their students.