Why is Smart Futures necessary?
Smart Futures exists because absent from our education system is a curriculum-embedded connection to the real world — how a student’s skills, knowledge, interests, values and personality are inherently linked to opportunities that will be available to them when they leave school.
Smart Futures’ approach is to help teachers inject a career focus in within the classroom to help motivate and guide student learning. Smart Futures’ programs add relevance to academics. Career-focused education correlates education to jobs, jobs to wages, and wages to opportunities. Career education provides students with a roadmap motivated by realistic goals.
Through solid business planning, the cultivation of strategic partnerships, and ongoing sustainability planning, Smart Futures engages in regional program implementation that can grow to have ongoing statewide impact. Smart Futures maintains direct relationships with our Commonwealth’s many schools, community-based organizations, Workforce Investment Boards, Intermediate Units, and employers.Now that our programs are fully established in Pennsylvania, Smart Futures is committed to making programming available to educators nationwide.
How we do it
Our programs are generally piloted locally with the support of charitable funding and then expanded and sustained through school fees and corporate contributions.
Smart Futures is...
Smart Futures is a 501c-3 non-profit organization and a leading provider of online career education resources and training to schools and community-based organizations in Pennsylvania.
Each of Smart Futures' programs is aligned to the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Career Education and Work. As a result, the content helps schools and community-based training meet required teaching standards while connecting students with the real needs and opportunities within today’s workplace.