College and Career Readiness

Realizing the No Child Left Behind approach to educate our children is flawed. Our national leaders have decided a new approach focusing on College and Career Readiness.

College and Career Readiness is a key part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative sponsored by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Office to develop a common core of state k-12 English language and mathematics standards.

The initiative’s stated mission is to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy

America First or Last Movement fully supports this initiative, but also understand this will take a grassroots effort to succeed. Knowing unless a high school student truly understands the connection between secondary education and their purpose, all efforts to keep them in school or increase their academic performances are cosmetic and temporary. So how can we help assist them in going about this process?

We’ve listed the fastest growing fields in the 21st century, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Plus, the type of academic skills, and experience needed on the road to those careers. Through our movement, we will try to link students to these fields early, in our national internship program.

Table 7.The 30 fastest-growing occupations,

The 30 fastest-growing occupations

(In thousands)

Occupation                                                                       Education Requirement

(1)Biomedical engineers                                                     Bachelor’s degree

(2)Network systems and data communications            Bachelor’s degree


(3)Home health aides                                                          Short-term on-the-job training

(4)Personal and home care aides                                      Short-term on-the-job training

(5)Financial examiners                                                        Bachelor’s degree

(6)Medical scientist,                                                             Doctoral degree

except epidemiologists

(7)Physician assistants                                                        Master’s degree

(8)Skin care specialists                                                       Postsecondary vocational award

(9)Biochemists and biophysicists                                     Doctoral degree

(10)Athletic trainers                                                            Bachelor’s degree

(11)Physical therapist aides                                               Short-term on-the-job training

(12)Dental hygienists                                                          Associate degree

(13)Veterinary technologists and                                     Associate degree


(14)Dental assistants                                                         Moderate-term on-the-job training

(15)Computer software engineers,                                 Bachelor’s degree


(16)Medical assistants                                                      Moderate-term on-the-job training

(17)Physical therapist assistants                                     Associate degree

(18)Veterinarians First                                                      Professional degree

(19)Self-enrichment education teachers                      Work experience in a related


(20)Compliance officers, except                                    Long-term on-the-job training

agriculture, construction, health

and safety, and transportation

(21)Occupational therapist aides                                   Short-term on-the-job training

(22)Environmental engineers                                         Bachelor’s degree

(23)Pharmacy technicians                                              Moderate-term on-the-job training

(24)Computer software engineers, systems                Bachelor’s degree


(25)Survey researchers                                                    Bachelor’s degree

(26)Physical therapists                                                    Master’s degree

(27)Personal financial advisors                                      Bachelor’s degree

(28)Environmental engineering technicians               Associate degree

(29)Occupational therapist assistants                          Associate degree

(30)Fitness trainers and aerobics                                 Postsecondary vocational award