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The Readiness Institute at Penn State University is a learner-centered, community and future ready outreach initiative funded by the Heinz Endowments. 

Vision: The Readiness Institute’s vision is achieved when every learner has the skills, attitudes, and values necessary to design and lead a purposeful life.  

Mission: The Readiness Institute’s mission is to enable education, industry, and community partners to coordinate, collaborate, and create experiences for learners to achieve community and future readiness. 

Belief: The Readiness Institute’s belief is that Community and Future Readiness is achieved when the learner – regardless of their zip code, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, and ability level – is able to take their skills, their attitudes, and they’re able to design and lead in matters personal, professional and public.


  1. Emanate a learner-centered approach from the needs of learners to increase agency, engage in authentic experience and activities, and align education, industry, and the community.
  2. Serve as an innovative test solutions resource with tools to help apply a learning transformation that addresses current, but future educational challenges and career choices.
  3. Provide essential and creative experiences that help foster a counter-narrative to social injustice and systems that are marginalized by exercising practices that challenge intolerance and elevate stimulation in participants.


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