College and Career Readiness

The workplace is far different today than it was even ten years ago. Unlike past generations, educators today must prepare students for a world of possibilities that may not currently exist. Students starting out in college or a career need to be well prepared. The transition from high school, college or into the workforce can be a challenge, especially for those who are not aware of the expectations and requirements.

Students are considered college and career ready when they have the knowledge, skills, academic preparation, and behaviors needed to enroll and succeed in introductory college credit-bearing courses within an associate or baccalaureate degree program without the need for remediation. These same attributes are needed for entry and success in postsecondary workforce education or directly into a job that offers gainful employment and career advancement. The workforce of tomorrow must be flexible, motivated, and be able to draw from a deep and vast skill set. The ability to effectively communicate, collaborate, and adapt to situations will be critical to ensuring competition in a global market.

By setting high expectations with a commitment to succeed with all students, we are positioning our future workforce to be Internationally competitive.

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Arizona’s K-12 Academic Standards illustrate what a student needs to know, understand, and be able to do by the end of each grade level. Standards build across grade levels in a progression of increasing understanding and through a range of cognitive demand levels. Arizona’s academic standards prepare students for college, career, and life. Arizona’s K-12 Academic Standards

Small girl with tablet that says "I'm your future employee"Do Your Students Have the Skills to Be Employed? What are the skills students need to get a job, keep a job, and advance in a career? Do your students have these skills?  Getting students to graduate is important, but helping them become ready for the workforce is another process. Arizona’s Workplace Employability Skills, defined by the voices of Arizona business and industry, identify the standards needed in  Arizona’s workplaces.   Click here for the Professional Skills webpage  for information and resources.

Close up of typewriter head with typed out "Accepted"The Arizona College Access Standards for Student Success competencies outline the factors critical to students’ postsecondary success and provide a guide for professionals along the PreK-16 continuum to prepare all students to be college and career ready.  These AzCAN Standards are intended to be utilized by college access programs and school educators to improve the effectiveness of programs and services.