George Lucas Educational Foundation

Career and Technical Education

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

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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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A Big, Diverse California District Embraces Academies
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The Districtwide Approach to Career and Technical Education

Support from the top boosts local academy success.

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University Teams Up with Local Schools to Advance Careers in Medicine
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University Teams Up with Local Schools to Advance Careers in Medicine

A commitment to serving the local community motivated the University of Southern California University Hospital and Keck Medical School to develop internships for students at Bravo Medical Magnet High School.

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Animation as a Pathway to College and a Career
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Career Technical Classes: Preparing Tomorrow's Skilled Professionals

Learning trade skills without losing sight of college.

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Animating Dreams: The ACME Animation Program
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Animating Dreams: The ACME Animation Program

High school students draw on the expertise of professional cartoonists in an online mentorship program.

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Around-the-Clock Learning: Extending the Definition of 'School'
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Around-the-Clock Learning: Extending the Definition of 'School'

Chicago's John Spry Community School goes beyond traditional hours on and off campus to foster student success.

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Internships Build A Passion for Learning at The Met
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Internships Build A Passion for Learning at The Met

Grounded in the philosophy of educating one student at a time, the Met uses internships to promote and create unique personalized education programs for each student.

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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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Authentic, Hands-on Learning with Career and Technical Education

Blogger Jim Berman presents an updated definition of what career and technical education means in the 21st century.

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David Garibaldi: From Outlaw to International Hip Hop Artist
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David Garibaldi: From Outlaw to International Hip Hop Artist

This successful performance artist credits his career pathway program for making high school relevant.

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Monster Mash: Learning Real-World Skills in a Creature-Creating Art Class

A classroom doubles as a special effects tech studio, and students go pro.

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