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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

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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.

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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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The Career Academies Project

Linking Education & Careers

THE CAREER ACADEMIES PROJECT

Career Exploration Visits

Sample Workshops

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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.
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The Career Academies Project

Linking Education & Careers

THE CAREER ACADEMIES PROJECT

College Visits

Sample Workshops

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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
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The Career Academies Project

Linking Education & Careers

THE CAREER ACADEMIES PROJECT

Internships & Seminars

Sample Seminars

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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
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The Career Academies Project

Linking Education & Careers

THE CAREER ACADEMIES PROJECT

For more information, contact:

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