Business Center for a College- and Career-Ready America

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Achieve has launched the Business Center for a College- and Career-Ready America and its website, www.BusinessandEducation.org.

American business leaders understand the importance of qualified talent. Yet, too many of our students graduate high school academically unprepared to succeed in the real world, not reaching the critical college- and career-ready bar. Graduating "college-ready" means being prepared for postsecondary academic experience, and "career-ready" signifies possessing the knowledge and skills most valued - and most urgently needed - by employers. In today's increasingly knowledge-based economy, a career is not just a job. A career provides a family-sustaining wage and pathways to advancement and, more than ever, requires postsecondary training or education.

With this in mind, the GE Foundation and AT&T, along with Chevron and the Prudential and Travelers foundations, collaborated with Achieve to create the Business Center for a College- and Career-Ready America to help businesses think more strategically about how best to support college and career readiness for all students. The Business Center's unique value for business leaders is rooted in Achieve's deep understanding of implementation of college- and career-ready standards - and what will help states ensure success going forward. To strengthen the bridge between awareness and engagement, the Business Center provides a range of practical and customizable tools and examples of how business leaders can and do support standards-based education reform within and across states. Deeply aware of the importance of talented individuals to our nation's competitiveness, American business leaders strongly support the college- and career-ready agenda.