ERIC Number: ED447256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Career Academies. In Brief: Fast Facts for Policy and Practice, No. 1.
The career academy is a high school model that integrates school-to-work elements in a personalized learning environment. Academies have these three essential features: a school within a school; partnerships with employers; and integrated academic and occupational curriculum centered on a career theme, occupation, or industry. J. Kemple (1997) looked at the effectiveness of the learning community and found that: academies increased support of students from teachers and peers; personal support enhanced student motivation and increased connections between school-based learning and longer-term education and career interests; and most academy students were highly engaged in school. Common elements of the effectiveness of employer partnerships are multiple employers who play multiple roles; coordinators who serve as employer liaisons and facilitators; career awareness activities; and work-based learning. Successful career academies do the following: (1) vary in order to adapt to local needs and circumstances; (2) attract large numbers of diverse applicants, both at risk and not; (3) successfully keep students in school; and (4) improve the chances of graduating. Conclusions and policy implications include: academy teachers are satisfied with the quality of their worklife; academies that have a cohesive culture are most effective; academies should not be expected to solve all the problems of high schools; and to have a real and long-lasting impact on all students, high schools must become dramatically different. (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Academies, Career Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Models, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, School Business Relationship, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education, Columbus, OH.