New Skills for Youth Grant

Individual Career Academic Planning

Contact Information

NSFY State Grant Lead
Dr. Cindy Koss, Deputy Superintendent for Academic Affairs and Planning

NSFY Program Manager
Marissa Lightsey

NSFY Career Pathway Strategy Lead
Chelsea Hunt

NSFY Coach for Oklahoma
Dr. Terry Holliday

Our vision is to ensure all students have the opportunity and support to successfully secure a postsecondary degree or industry certification that reflects each individual’s passions and skills.

NSFY Online Community Overview

Oklahoma wins $2 million statewide grant for early college, career initiatives
OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 11, 2017) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said Oklahoma’s win of a $2 million, three-year statewide grant by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. will help implement individualized academic plans for kids, redefine the senior year, increase concurrent and dual enrollment with earned college credit and career certification, and better connect schools directly with business and industry.
Announced today, the grant is part of a $75 million, five-year New Skills for Youth (NSFY) initiative aimed at strengthening career-focused education in 10 U.S. states.
“We are thrilled that Oklahoma is among a select few states to win this highly competitive grant,” Hofmeister said. “This will enable families to engage early with their own student’s academic strengths, needs, and aspirations for the careers and jobs of the future and will equip schools to support that work. We look forward to working with the Governor’s Oklahoma Works initiative and our partners to create opportunities that lead to high-demand, highly skilled, well-paying jobs for Oklahoma’s successive generations. We are very grateful to JP Morgan Chase for the resources to make great things happen.”
College and career readiness are of particular importance in Oklahoma, where, by the year 2025, three-fourths of Oklahoma jobs will require postsecondary credentials.
“The workforce of tomorrow will be highly specialized, requiring college degrees and industry credentials in far greater numbers than Oklahoma is currently generating,” said Natalie Shirley, Secretary of Education and Workforce Development for Oklahoma. “Through the Governor’s Oklahoma Works Initiative, we are taking serious steps to close the workforce gap, and the Phase Two grant will provide key funding to allow us to continue and expand this important work. I am proud that education and workforce stakeholders joined with the State Department of Education and Oklahoma’s New Skills for Youth cross-sector team to draft a winning proposal and presentation. I look forward to continued collaboration on college and career readiness projects and initiatives.”


News and Updates
NSFY Announces the call for more ICAP Pilots for 2018 - 2019 academic year, Here
NSFY Stakeholder Summit November 9, 2017
OSDE Announces launches new Online Community Platform for Business and Education, Here
College and Career Math Ready Training Course announcements soon!

Grant Objectives

The initiative has two overarching goals

  1. To dramatically increase the number of students in the U.S. who successfully complete career pathways that begin in secondary school and culminate in postsecondary degrees and/or industry credentials with labor market value.
  2. To catalyze transformational approaches to the design and implementation of programs and policies to increase students’ career-readiness in a cohort of leading states and disseminate lessons learned to the rest of the country. 

View the grant application above to see all 6 of the Key Objectives. 


Last updated on February 5, 2018