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Career and Technical Education

Provide students with pathways to postsecondary education and careers by integrating core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge.

Breaking Down Silos: Career Technical Education in the Era of Common Core

Common Core State Standards have the potential to shine new light on the role that career technical education can play in preparing all students for success in the global community.

Using Entrepreneurship to Transform Student Work

Raleigh Werberger, a high school history and humanities teacher, describes a PBL unit that flipped a class from 'just good enough' to creating a working business model and seeking funds to launch a startup.

College and Career Ready: Soft Skills Are Crucial

21st-century schools need to teach an array of skills to develop college- and career-ready students.

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Connecting High School to College and Career
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Connecting High School to College and Career

A new approach to career and technical education is engaging high school students by combining rigorous academics with hands-on learning in specific fields of professional study and training.

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Academies Raise the Bar at a Comprehensive High School
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Academies Raise the Bar at a Comprehensive High School

Focusing on careers in green energy and manufacturing technology improves attendance and test scores at Laguna Creek High School in Elk Grove, California.

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Career and Technical Education: Research Roundup

Evidence of success in lowering the dropout rate and raising grades.

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A Magnet School Attracts Students to Careers in Health
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A Magnet School Attracts Students to Careers in Health

Bravo Medical Magnet High School in Los Angeles offers internships in medical offices and advanced research labs where students can learn real-world skills.

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Animation as a Pathway to College and a Career
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Animation as a Pathway to College and a Career

Students learn advanced computer programs, anatomy and teamwork by taking a series of animation classes at Sheldon High School in Elk Grove Unified School District, California.

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A Big, Diverse California District Embraces Academies
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A Big, Diverse California District Embraces Academies

Multiple pathways of career technical education lead to academic rigor and success on a district-wide level at Elk Grove Unified School District in California.

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The Districtwide Approach to Career and Technical Education

Support from the top boosts local academy success.

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Student Entrepreneurs are Empowered to Change their Community
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Student Entrepreneurs Change Their Community

In a business academy in Oakland, California, a group of teenagers took the initiative to fight truancy and design a new school. In the process, they won a national student leadership competition.

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Good Day Sunshine: Students Rise to Solar-Car Challenge

One high school's new project-learning program is piquing students' interest in higher education and building their critical-thinking skills.

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Reaching for the STARS: Students Choose a Life Path

A unique program in Portland, Oregon, gives students a jump-start on their future.

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Build SF: Architecting the Next Generation of Young Professionals

The Build San Francisco model turns students into aspiring designers and architects.

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Career Academies Transform a High School
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Learning on Purpose: Transforming a Good School into a Great School

Wall-to-wall career academies and a transition program for ninth graders have helped create an environment at this Texas high school in which rigorous, relevant education is the norm for all students.

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A Week in the Life of a Build SF Student

Students like Kimmy Feng architect their futures through Build San Francisco's mentorship/apprenticeship program.

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Auto Motive: Teens Build Award-Winning Electric Cars

A Philadelphia career academy fosters a drive to learn.

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