DSF Charitable Foundation Supports Career Readiness Program in Non-Public Schools
Pittsburgh, PA, April 27, 2006 – Smart Futures, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Pennsylvania become known for the quality of its workforce, announced today a $100,000 two-year grant from DSF Charitable Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to expand the Keys2Work program into the southwestern PA private and non-traditional school sector. The web-based curriculum aligns and remediates basic academic skills with a participant’s chosen career or educational path.
Non-public schools emphasize academic rigor, but generally do not offer programs that guide students in aligning their academic skills with their future career path or post-secondary education decision. “Smart Futures looks to support non-traditional school choices by offering these students an equal playing field with the public school students who have successfully completed the Keys2Work program,” said David Mosey, Executive Director, Smart Futures.
The career-based skill remediation and credentialing programs of Smart Futures, Keys2Work, MyCareerInsight, and PA e-Mentoring, are primarily delivered through intermediary partners such as intermediate units, workforce investment boards, and community based organizations. Keys2Work is currently being used by over 20,000 participants in nearly 200 schools districts, career and technical education centers, intermediate units, community based organizations, and workforce investment areas throughout Pennsylvania.