"The Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) in Brooklyn weaves high school and college curricula into a six-year program tailored for a job in the technology industry, reports The New York Times. By 2017, its first wave of graduates will emerge with associate's degrees in applied science in computer information systems or electromechanical engineering technology, following a course of studies developed in consultation with I.B.M. Officials in Chicago were so taken by New York's P-Tech model that they opened five similar schools this year with corporate partners in telecommunications and technology. Education officials in Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, and Tennessee have also committed to creating such schools, and the Obama administration has recommended that Congress provide more money for vocational education -- or career and technical education (CTE) -- to promote this approach. A year from now, New York City plans to open two more schools in the model of P-Tech, focusing on other growing industries in the city, possibly including health care. The New York State Board of Regents is developing assessment exams for this type of school, one that could be substituted for one of the Regents tests."
"The Career Readiness Partner Council, a coalition of national education, business, philanthropic, and policy groups, has released a four-page statement on what it means to be career-ready. According to the group, a career-ready person effectively navigates pathways that connect education and employment to achieve a fulfilling, financially secure, and successful career. To be career-ready in the global economy requires adaptability and a commitment to lifelong learning, mastery of key academic and technical knowledge, and skills and dispositions that vary from one career to another and change over time as a person progresses along a developmental continuum. Career-readiness incorporates engaging workplace experiences that allow a person to apply academic and technical learning to real-world projects alongside professionals, which can start with career awareness and exploration that includes job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships, and service-learning. Career-readiness requires a comprehensive system of supports that deliver learning when, where, and how it is needed, by a cadre of experts that includes teachers and career professionals. To accomplish this for every student, policymakers must align policy and funding infrastructures that break down long- standing silos between secondary, postsecondary, and workforce systems and provide the full spectrum of supports to ensure seamless transitions from high school to college and beyond. High school teachers, leaders, and counselors must engage with business and industry and higher-education leaders and faculty to better understand what is expected of high school students. And parents and students must expand the goal of "college-bound" to include career goals."
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