Featured Work: Expanding Economic & Career Success in the Greater Washington Region
Education Strategy Group (ESG), with generous support from JPMorgan Chase & Co., is partnering with K-12 districts, postsecondary institutions and employers in the nation’s capital to expand access to economic opportunity for thousands of young people and help meet the growing demand for skilled workers in the Greater Washington Region. As part of the firm’s $350 million commitment to jobs and skills development around the world, JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Greater Washington Pathways investment will support a first-of-its-kind regional collaborative involving five of the largest counties across Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC. Those communities will work together to scale educational pathways aligned to high-skill, high-demand jobs in the information technology sector.
The Greater Washington Region Pathways Initiative is premised on the idea that being part of a regional economy is an asset to be leveraged, and collaboration across the jurisdictions can help meet the talent needs of the regional economy. This is particularly timely for the DC region given that, in November 2018, Amazon announced Arlington, VA as the new location for its second headquarters. With over 25,000 new tech jobs coming to the region in the next few years, leaders recognize the need to work together to provide a sustainable talent ecosystem for employers and open the doors of opportunity for students.
The regional partnerships developed in this initiative will move more young people—particularly those from underrepresented populations—along a path to economic success, provide employers with the talent they need to thrive, and strengthen the broader regional economy. More specifically, this initiative will:
- Increase the number of students in demand-driven IT pathways that begin in high school & continue through postsecondary;
- Grow the number of regional employers hiring youth with credentials from educational institutions in the Greater Washington Region;
- Develop an employer signaling system, allowing education leaders to use regional labor market data to inform the design & scale of career pathways that begin in K-12 & continue through postsecondary;
- Enhance intermediary capacity within the region to support industry-aligned work-based learning experiences for students;
Establish a regional collaboration network enabling K-12 districts, postsecondary institutions & intermediaries to build stronger partnerships and design solutions to common challenges.