Introduction

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The United States is gaining ground on high school graduation rates. Eighty percent of American students now graduate on time from high school — continuing a decade of steady progress. In New Mexico, 70 percent of students graduate on time from high school.

Labor market economists project that by 2020, about two-thirds of all jobs (65 percent nationally and 63 percent in New Mexico by one estimate) will require some postsecondary education — meaning an advanced industry credential or a postsecondary certificate, credential or degree at the associate level or higher.

The challenge: How can New Mexico provide more young people with an education that connects the classroom with the workplace and prepares them to succeed in postsecondary education and 21st-century careers?

The solution: New Mexico can build bridges from high school to postsecondary attainment and career advancement by developing rigorous, relevant career pathways that align secondary, postsecondary and workplace learning and lead to great jobs in high-demand industries.

 

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