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Thursday February 23, 2017
I’ve been waiting 15 years for this moment. On January 24th, my home state, Massachusetts, submitted a proposal to the annual joint meeting of the Boards of Elementary and Secondary Education and Higher Education to establish career-focused early college high schools. Early colleges are schools or programs within schools designed to enable students to take college-level courses in high school for free. The combination of free tuition and early college enrollment are strong predictors that a young person will attain a two- or four-year college degree, and research shows that early college...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College, ESSA, Opportunity Youth
Tuesday November 15, 2016
High school students participating in Del Tech's Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Program
High school students participate in Delaware Technical Community College's Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Program “Team work was what they tried to instill. I was sort of on an assembly line but not really. Everyone had their own goal. It was pretty cool. I was the one to begin the assembly and it was a $250,000 product. I always wanted to do engineering, but I didn’t know what it was. I’m going to join the Navy as an electrician’s mate and then go to college on the GI Bill.” -Nicolas Ambrosino, William Penn High School Senior, Internship, Agilent Technologies Five years ago, high school...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Work-Based Learning, Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education, Credentials, Economic Mobility, Dual Enrollment
Thursday October 13, 2016
This post originally appeared on the Brookings website on October 12, 2016. What can educators do to better prepare young people for careers? Although high schools claim that graduates should be “college and career-ready,” in practice, educators have paid little attention to career readiness. Many still believe that all you need is a college degree and a career will follow. But increasingly in today’s labor market, job openings call for technical skills and work experience that don’t come automatically with a college degree. To enable young people to learn about work, learn to work, and...
Tags: Work-Based Learning, Economic Mobility
Monday March 7, 2016
We need a new word in the English language. It’s a combination of academic and career focused—“caredemic”? “acacreer’? Among education improvers, too much of the discussion I hear today poses an either or proposition—young people get career education through a two-year vocational or CTE pathway OR they go to college, which means heading to a four-year BA or BS. This language implies that the career-focused pathway happens only at community college and is about certification or an applied associate’s degree, while a “real” degree takes four years or much longer, happens at a liberal arts...
Tags: Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education
Thursday November 5, 2015
Apprenticeships in the U.S.—A way to Put "Career" in "College and Career Readiness"
Young professionals in Interlaken, Switzerland. Photo taken by Amy Loyd, senior director at JFF. The United States is investing in apprenticeship, as well as expanding the scope of careers covered under the registered apprenticeship umbrella—this is great news, but we have a long way to go to establish apprenticeship to serve a wide array of education and training needs. Underemployed or unemployed adults are not the only workers who benefit from apprenticeship, which marries work experience and credit-bearing college course work—young people do too. And it’s with this population that the U....
Tags: Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement, Credentials, Manufacturing, Apprenticeship