Career Ready


In a fast changing global economy, it takes more than academic skills to prepare kids for the future.  Jobs that are in demand today didn’t exist a few years ago and we can’t imagine the ones that will be in demand even a few years from now.  To be ready for the multiple career changes predicted for young people entering the workforce today, they need strong life and workplace skills in addition to academics.

To help our region’s youth succeed and ensure southwestern Pennsylvania employers can find the talent they’ll need, the Consortium recently launched a major regional initiative—Career Ready.

It brings together students, educators and community stakeholders—businesses, higher education, service organizations and others—to:

  • Explore what jobs and skills will be most in demand
  • Cultivate partnerships and networks to support skill development
  • Create action plans to ensure our kids are ready

Among early findings, stakeholders all are in agreement that some of the most important attributes students need for success aren’t formally taught. They’re dispositions like curiosity, imagination, adaptability and self-discipline and skills like collaboration, communication, problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork and networking.

Program Overview

  • Program active since: 2015
  • Serves 9 different school districts
  • 15 college and university partners
  • 17 trade union apprenticeship partners
  • Dozens of business partners

Participating School Districts

  • Albert Gallatin
  • Allegheny Valley
  • Blackhawk
  • Charleroi Area
  • Greensburg Salem
  • Laurel Highlands
  • McKeesport Area
  • Woodland Hills
  • Yough

Program Point of Contact

Mary Kay Babyak
Jackie Foor