ERIC Number: EJ995928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
They Keep Moving the Cheese: But Charlotte CTE Students Find Passionate Pathways to Prosperity
Realon, Michael S.
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J3), v87 n7 p24-28 Oct 2012
Recent conditions in America's economy have resulted in a period of paradox as high unemployment continues to trouble America at the same time as employers complain about millions of unfilled jobs due to a serious skills gap in the nation's workforce. The prevalence of this economic situation in Charlotte, North Carolina, has caused the Olympic Community of schools to think differently about mapping and trailblazing clearer pathways to prosperity for its career and technical education (CTE) students, so they could skillfully navigate through an evolving maze of job uncertainty in America. The Olympic Schools' roadmap helps its students pursue and find their passion in life through authentic project-based and experiential learning. Authentic project-based learning is a fundamental teaching strategy embraced by the Olympic community of schools in North Carolina. Four former students share testimonials about how their CTE experience at Olympic helped them find the intersection of life where passion and joy meet skill.
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Active Learning, Teaching Methods, Student Projects, Educational Practices, Education Work Relationship, Vocational Education, Labor Force Development
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 800-826-9972; Tel: 703-683-3111; Fax: 703-683-7424; Web site: http://www.acteonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina