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Vision and Mission

Three major strategic priorities guide the Center on Education and Work (CEW):

1) optimizing career-related learning and career development for all youth and adults,

2) advancing innovative practices through research and evaluation, and

3) improving policy through evidence.

Thus, we continuously improve our web-based education and career development resources, support professional learning communities, and develop and lead partnerships with schools, postsecondary institutions, workforce development providers, state agencies, and intermediary organizations.

CEW's web-based career information system, CareerLocker, helps individuals become more self-directed and engaged in their career development, academic and career planning, and job-seeking activities.

CareerLocker is designed to help users build self-awareness through assessments of their interests, skills, values, and learning styles; explore how their unique patterns of interests, skills, and values can be applied in the world of work; develop an appropriate education/career plan; and gain the job-seeking skills needed to acquire meaningful employment.