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Employer – Education Engagement Kansas City

A critical ingredient to a thriving regional economy is a ready supply of diverse, skilled talent. Kansas City is committed to creating an ecosystem where learners of all ages have access to a robust continuum of experiential/real world learning experiences that help them develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors critical to success in life and work.

To support scaling of experiential/real world learning opportunities as a community, we have developed a common framework and language to make it simpler and easier for everyone to understand the options – explore, engage, immerse, and ecosystem support – and how they can engage in a way that best suits their needs.

B2E Toolkit for Employer Engagement

RWL Overview

Summary to support conversations with employers who should engage with your district/organizations.

RWL Sector Alignment

Explanation of how we will build active coalitions in both education and industry to create efficiencies in sector-specific work.

RWL Engagement Menu

Guidance on creating consistent employer engagement among the explore, engage, and immerse continuum.

RWL Internship Asset

Guidance on building internship experiences.

RWL Client-Connected Projects Checklist

RWL Client-Connected Project Checklist

A checklist for creating client-connected projects that rise to the level of a MVA.

RWL Client-Connected Projects

RWL Client-Connected Projects Guide

Guidance on building client-connected projects.

Portrait of a Graduate

What do Kansas City high school graduates need to be ready for in the future? Download the PDF >

What do Kansas City high school graduates need to be ready for in the future? Real World Learning experiences are essential to prepare students for the future and can be measured by what we call Market Value Assets.

Market Value Assets are defined as industry-standard and recognized skills acquired in high school that create a more seamless transition from school to postsecondary education and/or the workplace.

Market Value Asset Definitions

Work Experiences

Internships: Learners perform meaningful job tasks under the guidance of a qualified supervisor.

Client-connected projects: Learners analyze and solve authentic problems, working in collaboration with other learners and industry professionals.

College credit

High school learners earn nine or more hours of college-level credit, ideally representing a sequence of courses toward an industry-recognized degree or credential.

Regionally vetted industry-recognized credentials (IRCs)

Learners earn IRCs based on current lists published by state education departments and will be reviewed with employers and validated for applicability and relevance.

Entrepreneurial experiences

Students identify a compelling social or market problem and mobilize resources to solve it, resulting in output/products validated by multiple stakeholders, which could include a provisional patent, revenue generation, and/or integration into the marketplace.