Our work at Tennessee Pathways stems from research conducted by our national partners and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The 2011 report, "Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century," argues that our nation is facing a "skills gap" where our future workforce does not have the necessary skills and credentials to earn a sustainable wage. Together, the Pathways to Prosperity Network and Jobs for the Future assist us on the national level by providing professional development and guidance to ensure we can meet our vision that all Tennesseans are prepared for careers in our communities.
The Pathways to Prosperity Network seeks to ensure that more youth complete high school, attain a postsecondary credential with currency in the labor market, and launch into a career while leaving open the prospect of further education. State and regional stakeholders across education, business, and government lead the work in each Pathways to Prosperity state, with the long-term goal of creating statewide systems of career pathways that serve all students. The network is a collaboration between 14 states, Jobs for the Future, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
With over three decades of experience, Jobs for the Future strives to fulfill the promise that education and economic mobility in America is achievable for everyone. This national nonprofit works to ensure that all lower-income young people and workers have the skills and credentials needed to succeed in our economy by creating solutions that catalyze change in our education and workforce delivery systems.