Thanks to a funding surge, more California schools are launching career academies, or programs that combine academic and technical skills. That means students get a jumpstart on connecting what they learn in school to the real world.
ConnectEd is an organization that advocates for student success by building career-focused partnerships with schools, districts and community leaders.
On this week’s podcast, Rob Atterbury of ConnectEd joined co-hosts Scott Lewis and Laura Kohn to talk about “linked learning,” a strategy to prepare students for both college and career.
“What Linked Learning and ConnectEd is supporting is … an opportunity to have an experience outside of the classroom … doing something that’s meaningful,” Atterbury said.
He said it’s challenging to convert some folks to believing in marrying academics and career-technical pathways.
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"Back in the day" students were assessed (tested) in the fifth or sixth grade, and dropped into either college prep or technical tracks. Moving between tracks (at least up) was extremely difficult. Then, in the last 20 years, those technical tracks disappeared. No more cooking, electric or metal shop (even auto shop is disappearing). For a technical career, community colleges stepped in, but only if the two year degree program is followed.