ERIC Number: EJ978468
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun-13
IB Offering Certificate for Careers
Robelen, Erik W.
Education Week, v31 n35 p1, 20 Jun 2012
The International Baccalaureate (IB) organization, best known in the United States for its prestigious two-year diploma program for juniors and seniors, will enter new terrain this fall as it formally rolls out an initiative centered on a variety of career pathways that includes engineering, culinary arts, and automotive technology. The move comes as the IB presence in U.S. public schools rapidly grows and as the organization has made a concerted push to expand access to a more diverse student population. Billed as blending academic and practical skills, the IB Career-related Certificate has been piloted at eight U.S. schools. They include Binghamton High School, in New York state, which this month is graduating its fifth group of students to complete the program. Binghamton High offers two career pathways for its pilot program, business and engineering. Starting this fall, any school offering the IB diploma may seek approval for the career-certificate program. Seventeen U.S. high schools are in the pipeline, awaiting final approval from the IB. Eventually, schools without the diploma may be able to seek permission to offer it as well.
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Pilot Projects, Vocational Education, High Schools, Global Approach
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Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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