About Us

STC is a national nonprofit that builds an education to employment  (e2e) pathway for middle school and high school students. We do this through career-readiness programming, and collaborating directly with schools to make this programming accessible to every student. Our mission is for every student to graduate with career skills, relevant credentials, and confidence to pursue fulfilling post-secondary options.

A 2021 study by Carnegie Corporation and Gallup highlighted a critical need in education and employment: 46% of families surveyed preferred other options for their child beyond a four-year college degree, and even among parents who hope their child will earn a bachelor’s degree, 40% are also interested in career-related learning opportunities, including internships and apprenticeships. Families want more postsecondary options for their young people, but 65% of families say their young person faced one or more barriers to a preferred postsecondary pathway.

At STC, career readiness doesn’t start once a student has graduated. Our work supports students in preparation for their future careers, and helps them develop the hard and soft skills necessary to postsecondary fulfillment and success.

Started in 2005 as a small group of twelve schools coming together to celebrate successes and share best practices, STC is now the largest cross-sector network of schools serving low-income communities in the country. The network currently reaches more than 210 schools, serving approximately 75,000 students. STC is a small-but-mighty team operating in New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Chicago.

At STC’s inception, our work focused on real-world learning, including the creation of the Real-World Learning Rubric. Created in 2017, this pioneering document served as a guide to help K-12 schools reflect, set goals, and drive improvements around learning that is relevant, authentic, hands-on, and connects students to the real world.

Since then, STC has furthered our work in connecting students to the real through through our education to employment (e2e) work. You can explore the RWL Rubric here.