Anyway you crunch the numbers, securing a job with a family sustaining wage that offers pathways to advancement increasingly calls for education and training beyond high school. In an effort to add to the research base and provide state leaders with tangible resources to make the economic case for the advancement of the college- and career- ready agenda in their states, Achieve has produced a series of research projects that explore the link between a strong K-12 academic foundation and students’ ability to access and succeed in the careers of their choice. This webinar slide deck highlights three research projects from Achieve’s Future of the U.S. Workforce series, including a literature review on middle skills jobs and the growing importance of postsecondary education, new research on the limited career prospects for high school graduates without additional education and training, and results from a national survey of nearly 4,700 human resource professionals from across nine industries to better understand how the skills mismatch affects companies’ hiring practices, conducted in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The webinar slide deck captures key findings and recommendations and provided time for the audience to engage directly with the authors and ask questions. Recorded October 10, 2012.