A coalition forms to change the way school age children think about college and careers in Monroe County.

The Career Pathways Coalition is a collaborative effort between local school districts, businesses and community agencies. Organizers say they want students to graduate with the skills to find a job or a clear idea of the path they will take to find a career.

Consultant Dr Joann Hudak, Director of Pennsylvania Pathways Projects says a lot of students are still thinking that their best option is a four year college program but many end up leaving school without skills and in debt. Stroudsburg Superindendent Doctor Cosmas Curry says schools need to get children focused on jobs and careers much earlier and it may help them find a position at a local business. Local businesses and community leaders got to learn more about the Career Pathways Coalition at a kickoff meeting this morning at Northampton Community College in Tannersville.