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ERIC Number: ED558505
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
New Pathways to Careers and College: Examples, Evidence, and Prospects
Visher, Mary G.; Stern, David
The debate about high school reform is increasingly focused on the role of career-technical education (CTE) in helping to prepare "all" students for success in "both" postsecondary education and the workforce. The stand-alone vocational courses into which high school students with lower academic achievement were often channeled are becoming a thing of the past. Instead, programs that merge CTE, rigorous academic coursework, and career exploration opportunities, while creating clear pathways through high school, college, and beyond, are gaining momentum. This report describes some of the most prominent of these "pathway" models, identifies localities where the approach has gained the most traction, discusses the underlying principles that characterize the most promising programs, and briefly presents the evidence of their potential to make a difference. The report concludes with a set of recommendations for future investment to strengthen and scale such programs. The following are appended: (1) Pathway Approaches and Models; and (2) National Experts Interviewed for This Report.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Walton Family Foundation
Authoring Institution: MDRC