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Virtual Career Readiness Lifts All Students

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Page 0 of 8 1 How virtual career readiness education creates equity: opening access and building awareness of career pathways to reach students who otherwise might not be reached American parents recognize the value of career learning to address global economic competition, according to findings of an October 2020 survey commissioned by Stride, Inc. (formerly K12 Inc.) and conducted through Qualtrics, a third-party research provider. The survey research found an overwhelming majority of parents voiced a strong desire for career learning programs for their children. Further, there is continued bipartisan belief that early workforce preparation will bolster the American economy. The majority of parents view this type of learning as a potentially vital component to their children's education that can better prepare them to enter a rapidly changing, tech-enabled job market. "We're witnessing a significant contingent of parents affirming their confidence in the success of career- oriented education," said Dr. Shaun McAlmont, President of Career Learning Solutions at Stride, Inc.. "... Americans agree that we must invest in education systems at the local level to prepare students for a competitive job market, and in order for our economy to compete with China and other emerging economies on a global scale." (Qualtrics, 2020 paras 1,2) While parents clearly acknowledge the critical importance of career readiness education, access is limited. Students in rural and low-income neighborhoods typically have little or no access to robust career readiness programs. Virtual Career Learning Lifts All Students

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