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Workforce Development


The world of work keeps changing. CAST can help you be ready.

6.7 million young people are disconnected from school and work. Only one in three adults with a disability is employed. CAST partners with education and training providers that are working to change this reality—agencies, schools and postsecondary institutions working with talented young people to help them build the skills and habits they need to access middle and high income careers. At the same time, CAST partners with employers and industry associations committed to building out the workforce of the future—one where skilled jobs are filled by people with a wide range of characteristics, backgrounds, and abilities, and where all employees have equal opportunities to rise.

Our workforce and our entire economy are strongest when we embrace diversity to its fullest, and that means opening doors of opportunity to everyone and recognizing that the American Dream excludes no one.

Thomas E. Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor 2013–2017

We want to make sure that learning has no limits, in school or in the workplace. With the passing of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, Congress has included Universal Design for Learning, assuring that instructors can successfully meet the needs of all students and that states have robust career and technical education programs.

Untapped talent should be a major concern for employers trying to fill jobs. We partner with YouthBuild, an organization that prepares young people from marginalized communities to further their education and engage in meaningful careers. Together we're building tools and strategies to bridge the gap between talent and opportunity. Learn more about this groundbreaking work on the CEE-STEM project.

YouthBuild student drilling a ceiling


In support of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, CAST’s CEO, Linda Gerstle, issued a statement celebrating this historic bill that includes explicit mention of Universal Design for Learning.

Read the Statement

Based on 30 years of experience using research insights to lower the barriers to learning, CAST uses a co-design process to help employers, agencies, and colleges/universities ensure that all young people are prepared for work and can access meaningful higher education and employment. We are also committed to help industries and communities create environments where all people can and do learn, re-learn and adapt as work demands change and grow.

Contact Sam Johnston, Director of Postsecondary & Workforce Development, to explore how CAST can help you with your workforce development needs.