||This paper explore the central questions: Is there a skills gap in the U.S. work
force? If so, what role does K-12 education play in solving the problem, and can
public-private partnerships support their effort while truly benefiting students?
For many educators, this is uncharted territory, and the viewpoint presented in this
paper is that it is incumbent upon corporate leaders to enter into public-private
partnerships with the educators in their community in order to do the following: Connection
of educational achievement with the skills required for careers, creating a shared
language between K-12 educators and corporate America; Agreement upon the key “Career
Readiness” milestones to ensure that students are graduating from high school with
passion, purpose, and a plan. By investing corporate, community, policy and educational
resources in these two areas, significant progress can be made to increase the high
school graduation rate, reduce the unemployment rate, prepare our middle and high
school students for the in-demand jobs today, and prepare the next generation for
the jobs of tomorrow.