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Hawaii Career Ready Study 2012

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The 2012 Hawaii Career Ready Study, prepared by Storyline Consulting and just released by Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, cites the importance of rigorous preparation in school so entry-level employees are “career ready.”

More than 120 Hawaii employers hiring in today’s economy participated in the updated study through interviews and a survey that focused on “living wage” career pathways.

With the convergence of skill requirements needed for entry into college and a living wage career, this study provides updated data and information to support the progress of Hawaii’s overall college- and career-ready efforts.

Major findings include:

* Work habits and attitudes, also known as “soft skills,” still rise to the top as most important for workplace success and most difficult to develop on the job.

* Effective communication relies on English Language Arts skills like reading and verbal competencies and are critical to employee success.

* Math skills are less frequently required, but basic mathematics is essential and an important building block for employee skills in using technology, thinking logically, and communicating quantitative ideas.

According to a recent report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Hawaii ranks 10th in the nation in the percentage of jobs that will require a post-secondary degree by the year 2018.

As a result, one priority of Hawaii’s career-ready efforts is to encourage students to enroll in and complete postsecondary education, including two-year degrees, technical education, and certificate programs.

As some students will choose to go directly into the workforce, another priority for Hawaii’s education and labor leaders is to join together to best support and prepare these career-pathway students.

The Career Ready Study illustrates how the Hawaii State Department of Education’s (HIDOE) new K-12 Common Core State Standards align with Hawaii employers’ expectations for high quality employees.

The study also maps the HIDOE’s “General Learner Outcomes” goals to specific habits, attitudes and skills sought after by employers.

Lastly, the report updates qualitative and quantitative information about employer needs in today’s more constricted economy.

“Preparing Hawaii’s youth for careers and college is absolutely essential to our state’s economic future,” says Karen Lee, Executive Director, Hawaii P-20. “This updated Career Study focuses on how educators and employers can best work together in order to achieve this goal. It’s great to see that workforce expectations are aligned with the new Common Core State Standards and that students are being supported with the competencies that will help them succeed on any path they choose to pursue.”

To read complete report, visit: www.p20hawaii.org

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