New Programs from Pearson Help Students Master Career Planning and Life Skills for Success in the 21st Century

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Curriculums Offer Students Financial Management, Goal Setting, and Workforce Awareness Skills

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Now, we're bringing those lessons to life for more students than ever through our collaboration with Pearson.

The education services and technology company Pearson is releasing two new programs aimed at preparing today's middle and high school students for success in school and in the workforce: Exploring Careers for the 21st Century and Life Skills for the 21st Century: Building a Foundation for Success.

Available this month, Exploring Careers for the 21st Century enables students to investigate career opportunities, assess their academic and career prospects, set goals for the future, and prepare to join the workforce in professions defined by the States' Career Clusters Initiatives' 16 career clusters, including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Human Services; Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; and Information Technology.

Through a partnership with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship(NFTE), Pearson created this program to empower students to explore various career opportunities, examine the relationship between school and work, and to teach key entrepreneurship skills.

"More than 280,000 young people have explored their most promising 21st century career opportunities through proven entrepreneurship programs offered by NFTE," said Steve Mariotti, NFTE's president and founder. He added, "Now, we're bringing those lessons to life for more students than ever through our collaboration with Pearson."

Pearson's Life Skills for the 21st Century, which published last fall, teaches basic activities including nutrition, health and hygiene, human development, financial management, and consumer awareness. At the same time, the program develops additional skills for success in the competitive marketplace, such as problem solving, decision making, goal setting, and critical thinking.

"Our students need to know how to meet the demands of today's fast-paced and complex global society, building skills that will continue to make them successful throughout their lives. That's why our new life skills curriculum provides a contemporary, engaging style that speaks to today's student while integrating 21st century learning into every aspect of the five critical areas of responsible living: family, peers, school, work, and community, to reinforce student learning," said Kathy Hurley, Pearson's Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and current Chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

For more information on Exploring Careers for the 21st Century or Life Skills for the 21st Century: Building a Foundation for Success, visit

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Press contact: Stacy Skelly, 800-745-8489, stacy.skelly (at) pearson (dot) com


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