Propel America connects employers, high schools, training providers, industry-experienced mentors and technology in a scalable, low-cost system of skill-building, job training and placement that engages young adults at the critical transition between high school and post-secondary life.
Propel America is not a program operated in certain sites by one non-profit organization. Instead it is a model that brings together local, pre-existing institutions into unified systems of job training, job placement, and ongoing education. The Propel America model can be adopted in any community, urban or rural, red or blue.
Propel America has a three phase approach to supporting high school students transition to career:
Fellows enroll in a 3-9 month credentialing program provided by a community college, bootcamp, or private training provider. While out of high school and not drawing down a paycheck, they benefit from a stipend to minimize opportunity cost, one-on-one navigator supports, and ongoing peer cohort meetings.
3. Credential, Interviews, & Transition
Fellows who earn a credential through the specialization period are guaranteed an interview with a partner employer. Navigator, industry mentorship, and cohort supports continue for the first 6 months of employment, so that Fellows persist in their jobs and plan for the next phase of education and professional advancement.
Propel’s navigator function is integrated throughout the program and leverages technology, industry mentors, teachers and Propel Staff to support fellows in their transitions
Help students to build a professional and peer network that can support them over the long term
Support development of career and life planning
Ensure students have access to supports and resources that they need to successfully transition to work
Students participating in Propel as high school seniors will identify a pathway of interest. The pathways are based on the opportunities within a community and will leverage existing public funding streams to cover costs where possible. For more information on our 2019 Pathways, please visit People and Places.