In a new interview with CMRubinWorld, OPDC’s School to Career Program Director discusses how soft skills education ensures their graduates are ready for the workforce.
College and career readiness programs can break the cycle of poverty by linking youth to college and jobs that give them a purpose and a pathway. How can educators reach students and present them with meaningful opportunities while they are still in school?
Program Director of the Pittsburgh based Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC) Karla Stallworth tells C.M. Rubin, founder of CMRubinWorld, that 100% of their students graduate from high school, earn acceptance to college, and are eligible for the Pittsburgh Promise, which funds scholarships for youth. OPDC’s School to Career (S2C) youth program offers at-risk high school students academic support such as free tutoring for examinations, paid internship opportunities with companies in the city of Pittsburgh, and assistance in the college application process. “Many traditional schools provide a solid academic foundation,” says Stallworth, “but they leave many students without any sense of the ‘soft skills’ that are proved to be so important as they leave school and enter the workforce.”
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Karla Stallworth is the Program Director for Oakland Planning and Development Corporation’s School to Career and Future Makers middle and high school programs.
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