In 2019, business leaders from across KC’s Northland came together to compare notes on the qualities needed from employees. This discussion evolved into a list of attributes necessary for high school students before they moved onto college, vocational training, the military, or the workforce. The group created a Portrait of a Graduate, citing seven unique qualities a student should possess. These qualities will provide a strong foundation for success in college, career and beyond.
Beginning fall of 2021, NKC Schools students will connect their classroom learning with business partners' work through authentic pathways programs. Each student will engage in a variety of work-based learning experiences over their four years. Students will hear from guest speakers in their chosen industry, have the opportunity to work on real-world client-connected projects, job shadow or intern at a local organization and more. These experiences will build as students gain a deeper understanding of work and industry throughout their years in school. At graduation, all NKC Schools students will graduate with a market-value asset: a certification, experience or industry-recognized credential, giving them an edge over their peers nationwide.