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The Career Academies Project. Linking Education & Careers. Strengthening Work-Based Learning and College Readiness Programs: The Career Academies Project: Linking Education and Careers. Mary Visher, MDRC Mike Sack, Bloom Associates Shelley Rappaport, MDRC.

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The Career Academies Project

Linking Education & Careers

Strengthening Work-Based Learning and College Readiness Programs:

The Career Academies Project: Linking Education and Careers

Mary Visher, MDRC

Mike Sack, Bloom Associates

Shelley Rappaport, MDRC

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education


The Career Academies Project

Linking Education & Careers

THE CAREER ACADEMIES PROJECT

The Goal:

Develop a program to build the capacity of academies to offer quality work-based

learning and college readiness experiences to all students.


The Career Academies Project

Linking Education & Careers

THE CAREER ACADEMIES PROJECT

The Work:

  • Develop a program of curricula, activities, guides and materials

  • Test the program in four academies

  • Improve, revise and evaluate

  • Make the program available to all schools


The Career Academies Project

Linking Education & Careers

THE CAREER ACADEMIES PROJECT

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Increase awareness of career and college options.

  • Make connections between school and careers.

  • Understand and practice “transferable skills”.

  • Graduate from high school with skills needed to succeed in college and career.


The Career Academies Project

Linking Education & Careers

THE CAREER ACADEMIES PROJECT

The Academies:

  • Culinary Arts Academy – Tampa, FL

  • Digital Safari Academy – Concord, CA

  • Academy of Arts & Technology – Los Angeles, CA

  • Academy of Hospitality, Tourism, and Marketing – Atlanta, GA


The Career Academies Project

Linking Education & Careers

THE CAREER ACADEMIES PROJECT

The Program:

  • 10 to 15 lessons (“workshops”), each grade, taught by CTE teachers:

  • Career Development topics

  • Career Exploration topics

  • College Readiness topics


The Career Academies Project

Linking Education & Careers

THE CAREER ACADEMIES PROJECT

The Program:

Career Exploration Visits

  • All 10th and 11th graders attend half- day group visits to local worksites.

  • Visits are carefully structured with clear learning objectives.

  • Students and employers are well prepared before visit.


The Career Academies Project

Linking Education & Careers

THE CAREER ACADEMIES PROJECT

Career Exploration Visits

Sample Workshops


The Career Academies Project

Linking Education & Careers

THE CAREER ACADEMIES PROJECT

The Program:

College Visits

  • All 10th and 11th graders visit college campuses.

  • Local 2-year and 4-year colleges.

  • Parental involvement.

  • Counseling and mentoring supports.


The Career Academies Project

Linking Education & Careers

THE CAREER ACADEMIES PROJECT

College Visits

Sample Workshops


The Career Academies Project

Linking Education & Careers

THE CAREER ACADEMIES PROJECT

The Program:

Internships & Seminar

  • All 12th grade students offered internships

  • Compensated (pay, credit, stipends)

  • Project-based

  • Concurrent, weekly classroom seminar


The Career Academies Project

Linking Education & Careers

THE CAREER ACADEMIES PROJECT

Internships & Seminars

Sample Seminars


The Career Academies Project

Linking Education & Careers

THE CAREER ACADEMIES PROJECT

Next Steps:

  • Continue Pilot – refine program

  • Evaluate student and school-level outcomes

  • Evaluate feasibility

  • Scale-up


The Career Academies Project

Linking Education & Careers

THE CAREER ACADEMIES PROJECT

For more information, contact:

  • Mary Visher

  • [email protected]

  • Sue Bloom

  • [email protected]

  • Mike Sack

  • [email protected]


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