Career Readiness – Intro

BALTIMORE’S PROMISE HAS A GOAL THAT

Youth Earn Quality Post-Secondary Credentials or Receive Training and are Career Ready

Research shows that education directly impacts poverty and unemployment. A bachelor’s degree has also been linked with longer life expectancy, lower incarceration rates, and greater civic engagement. Similarly, an individual with appropriate training (via apprenticeships or formal skills training programs) has increased chances of securing employment and earning a living wage. Individuals with professional certifications or licenses earn more than individuals without those credentials at each level of education below a bachelor’s degree. Providing youth with the skills, knowledge, and experience relevant to the current demand for workers will help to ensure that those youth will have the opportunity to begin successful careers and earn a living wage.

Baltimore’s Promise has identified post-secondary enrollment, the six-year college graduation rate for Maryland four-year public institutions, and the youth unemployment rate as the key indicators for this outcome area.