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#AskExcelinEd: How Can States Create College & Career Pathways for Students?

• Lowell Matthews

Too many of our nation’s students are unprepared for the challenges they will face after high school. As a result, students are spending more on college for remedial courses, they are unprepared for careers so jobs are left unfilled, and states—and our nation—are experiencing unrealized economic growth.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. College and career pathway policies can bring purpose to learning by allowing students to earn authenticated skill sets informed by labor market demand and ensuring more rigorous courses are available and incentivized for all students.


About the author

Lowell Matthews

Lowell is the Director of College and Career Pathways for ExcelinEd. He previously served as Staff Director for the Florida Legislature’s Senate Committees on Education Pre-K-12 and Higher Education, where he helped create Florida’s industry certification incentive to create a nexus between education and the workforce. Lowell is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University Law School. He also served in the U.S. Army. He lives in Rochester, MN with his wife and two kids.