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Revving the Education Engine: Effectively Aligning Education, Workforce and Economic Development Policy

To help students move from K-12, on to college, through degree attainment and out into the workforce, each of those steps must align, synergistically. This week’s featured resource list explores the ways in which educational institutions, employers and coHow do states work toward better alignment between their education, economic development and workforce policy? This report from the Education Commission of the States (ECS), provides a framework for education, business and workforce leaders to follow. It points out key strategies, such as assessing particular job needs in individual areas and aligning education and workforce data systems. The report then gives advice on how to navigate hurdles, such as lack of leadership buy-in and inadequate data to track student progress, on the way to a better realignment of state infrastructure.mmunity leaders can create more structured pathways to completion.