October 7, 2010: Merging Career Tech with College Prep: Insights from Successful High Schools
Presenters: Gary Hoachlander, president of ConnectEd and Joe Cocozza, teacher at Bravo Medical Magnet High School and assistant professor at USC Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles
Host: Kathy Baron, features producer and research editor
Audience: Perfect for teachers, administrators, and policy makers ready to explore a proven reform that's shaking up the traditional high school experience, including a ground-floor guide to creating a program in your school.
Description: Students enrolled in programs that fuse core academics with career and technical skills are less likely to drop out of high school and more likely to complete the classes required for college admission. This approach to high school reform is also known as Linked Learning, partnership academies, and multiple pathways -- and it's reinventing the traditional high school curriculum. Instead of separate tracks for vocational education and college preparation, high schools are combining them, by merging courses in occupational skills into a rigorous academic curriculum in order to prepare all students for both college and careers.
The most successful programs embrace a set of guiding principles and components that focus on interdisciplinary, project-based learning, strong partnerships with local business, industry and institutes of higher education, and a culture of collaboration in schools. Our webinar panelists will share tips for building successful programs, share examples of high quality academies, and summarize the research findings.
Key Studies on Career Tech and College Prep
- "Career Academies: Communities of Support for Students and Teachers: Emerging Findings from a 10-Site Evaluation," James J. Kemple, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), November 1997.
- "Combining Academic and Career-Technical Courses To Make College an Option for More Students: Evidence and Challenges," David Stern and Roman Stearns, November 2006
- "Expanding Pathways: Transforming High School Education in California," Gary Hoachlander, Roman J. Stearns, and Carol Studier, ConnectEd, January 2008
From Bravo Medical Magnet High School, Los Angeles, CA