Tenn. joins group to help high schoolers with jobs

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Education is joining a new network focused on career preparation for high school students.

The Pathways to Prosperity Network is a multi-state, multi-year initiative promoting school partnerships with public and private sector leaders in Tennessee, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri and North Carolina. The network aims to address unemployment among students without high school or college diplomas by combining academics with technical education needed in the labor market.

The network was created in collaboration with national education nonprofit Jobs for the Future and Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.

The new partnership builds on existing career preparation programs such as the Highlands of Tennessee in the upper Cumberland area and another one that works with Volkswagen in Chattanooga.

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