Civic and Corporate Involvement

2033 Goal

Encourage greater civic and corporate involvement in forging stronger connections between education and work opportunities.

Key Outcomes

Increase career pathway completion rates to 60% by 2023. The current completion rate is 43%.

Georgia attracts businesses because of favorable economic and tax policies and its reputation as the Number 1 Place to Do Business for 10 years running. However, retaining these businesses will require greater alignment between education and workforce systems.

Businesses are employing multiple strategies to close skill and talent gaps. To increase the productivity and capability of current employees, businesses are relying on upskilling strategies that support the acquisition of specialized, technical skills. Corporate investment in community-based strategies is crucial because expanding the talent pool in a region ensures that industries can continue to grow and thrive.

Developing joint education and economic development strategies through intentional partnerships is the first step in a long-term agenda to more efficiently and effectively align education policy to support workforce needs.

Encouraging business and industry leaders to co-develop career pathways programming with K-12 and higher education partners and expand access to work-based learning opportunities in high-demand career areas.

School and community leaders expand access to early college and real-world learning opportunities, e.g., Advanced Placement, apprenticeships, career pathway participation, dual enrollment, internships, summer jobs.

  • State and community leaders conduct a policy and practice scan to determine what strategies are worth scaling and what state structures are most suitable for supporting local innovation.
  • Local leaders review current community strategies to ensure they address barriers to educational success and economic mobility, e.g., lack of access to health care, affordable housing, and transportation.
  • State and community leaders partner with post-secondary institutions and industry representatives to create or expand high-demand career pathways aligned to regional needs.
  • Early exposure to post-secondary opportunities through Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE), dual enrollment, and apprenticeship programs
  • State-agency focus on rural development, e.g., Georgia Department of Education’s Office of Rural Education and Innovation, Department of Community Affairs’ OneGeorgia Authority
  • Georgia Chamber of Commerce
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce