November 20th, 2019
Propel America Partners & Supporters,
Just a few months ago, we formally launched Propel America.
We have set out to connect employers, higher education institutions, and K-12 systems to build an affordable pathway to an upwardly-mobile job for high school graduates across the country.
Earlier this month, we held our first-ever Propel school partner training event in New Orleans for 80 teachers, counselors, and administrators from Louisiana, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Together, these educators will be serving 400+ high school seniors in our Propel Core Course, approximately 200 of whom will move forward into one of our career pathways after high school.
John with an employer partner, Terrie Sterling of Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center
Propel educators after their first day of training
We are incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made:
Our inaugural cohort of students from last school year in New Jersey and Louisiana are currently enrolled at training organizations to prepare for jobs in healthcare and the building trades. Presently, ~90% are on track to complete (or have already completed) their credential to begin the hiring process.
We have launched in two new regions: Western Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island.
- In Providence, we’ve partnered with Governor Gina Raimondo to support and build upon one of the country’s leading workforce development agendas. Alongside the Governor’s office, the state’s Department of Education, and the Community College of Rhode Island, we are developing pathways in the advanced manufacturing sector.
- In Holyoke and Springfield, Massachusetts, we’re working closely with the state’s Department of Education, Springfield WORKS (a local workforce development intermediary), and Springfield Technical Community College to build a photonics pathway to prepare our fellows to become laser technicians.
We’re incredibly encouraged by the work ahead and believe deeply that with our “third way” approach to postsecondary planning, high school graduates can access life-changing opportunities that didn’t previously exist for them. And in turn, we believe the economy will benefit, too, with employers developing a sustainable, diverse talent pipeline into critical middle-skill jobs.
There is real momentum in our respective geographies to ultimately create long-lasting change. We couldn’t be more excited about what’s ahead. And, as always, we are enormously grateful for our supporters, whose backing makes this work possible.
We look forward to keeping you close to our progress.
With gratitude,Paymon Rouhanifard
Propel fellow Junisse Ventura will be working at Cooper Family Medicine as a certified medical assistant and will attend Rutgers University-Camden in the spring
Paymon welcomes educators to the training