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Good schooling and education help lay a foundation that provides students with the key skills and competencies they need to be prepared for higher education or a skilled profession in the workplace. As society becomes more technologically advanced, it is more vital than ever that students receive the training and mentorship they need to adapt to a rapidly changing career landscape and chart a course for lifelong health and success.

It is estimated that by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs and 92 percent of traditional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) jobs will require postsecondary education and training. English language and literacy, history, civics, art, and music along with STEM subjects remain foundational to success.

Benefits of
College & Career Readiness

Being college- and career-ready can support students for a lifetime of health in these ways:

  • Being prepared for postsecondary education or training that can result in better job opportunities
  • Access to a career that provides sustainable wages and pathways to advancement
  • Greater income opportunities that support the ability to purchase healthy foods, gain access to physical activity opportunities, and pay for health support services
  • Greater social and emotional well-being that comes from having educational and career opportunities and less stress and vulnerability during hard times

College & Career Readiness

College & Career Readiness Advocacy

Achieve is a bipartisan, nonprofit, education organization that conducts research, provides technical assistance, convenes partners, and develops solutions to support college and career readiness at local, state, and national levels.

Explore Achieve’s resources

Building Careers in Health Care

Several Kaiser Permanente regions are working closely with local schools and universities to educate students about careers in the health care field.

Career Day 2013 in Northern California (video)

Career Day 2017 in Northern California

Hawaii’s Pre-Health Career Corps Program

Fresno’s Doctor’s Academy Program

Health Care Career Scholarships in the Northwest

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