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Market Value Assets

Market Value Assets (MVA) are defined as industry valued and recognized skills acquired in high school that create a more seamless transition from school to postsecondary education and/or the workplace. Students who leave high school with these industry-valued experiences are proven to be more likely to pursue further education and successfully navigate the journey to employment.

By 2030, the goal is 100 percent of Kansas City area students will graduate with one of the four MVAs below.

Students will earn nine or more hours of college credit. USD 232 offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses and dual enrollment options for students to earn college credit. 

Client Projects

Learners analyze and solve authentic problems, working in collaboration with other learners and professionals from industry, not-for-profit, civic or community-based organizations.

  1. Work involves authentic methods and tools used by professionals in work environment.
  2. Experience includes mentoring and evaluation by working professionals.
  3. Output is viewed as value-add by external stakeholders and resume-worthy


Learners perform meaningful job tasks at worksite or approved location, under the guidance of a qualified supervisor.

  1. Should qualify for high school and/or college credit and/or be paid.
  2. Minimum 120 hours within a calendar year, at least 60 onsite.
  3. Performance evaluated by work manager in addition to educator.
  4. Internship completion substantive enough to be included on students' resume and/or LinkedIn.

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Students identify a compelling social or market problem and mobilize resources to research and solve it. Leveraging input and support from multiple stakeholders, students iteratively analyze, prototype, implement, reflect and adapt potential solutions. Entrepreneurial experiences include a market and stakeholder research summary, a "business plan" that includes an assessment of costs and benefits associated with development or operation of their solution, and feedback from relevant external stakeholders obtained through exhibition or "shark-tank' type pitch opportunities.

Current lists of regionally vetted IRCs published by state education departments will be reviewed with employers and validated for applicability and relevance – we anticipate a small subset will be included. There may be a small number of regional "custom" credentials identified that also become part of this category.

(i.e. MOS, OSHA, CNA, CMA, AWS, ServSafe, etc.)