Study examines children in Head Start, Preschool for All
Lemon leaves for school outside CPS
Efforts to improve career education are often complicated by concerns that certain students
will be steered away from college.
Mayor’s office wants stakeholders to train students for high-demand fields that don’t require degrees.
Work experience is an essential component of solid career education, yet schools have a tough time recruiting employers that offer the right fit.
Four programs are coming soon.
In a bid to transform vocational education, CPS and the Mayor’s Office
of Workforce Development are opening schools under
Renaissance 2010, its controversial program to close low-performing
schools and replace them with innovative, new schools. Many of these
schools focus on specific careers, and because they’re starting from
scratch, offer the city a chance to get career education right.
Academic preparation is more than a must-have for college-bound
students. Even students planning to go straight from high school to
work need to achieve at high standards.
Plumbers, physician’s assistants, carpenters, machinists—all of these are viable jobs that students could get a head start on in high school. Yet each year, about 7,000 seniors earn a diploma but fail to enroll in college and have no preparation for work. That is a road to disaster. Today’s tough job market is no place for a teenager or young adult with no direction and no work experience.
Only a fraction of the students who take career education classes end up with good training that could help them land viable jobs. CPS has had success in getting more students into college and is now turning its sights to preparing students for the work world.
Graphic: Thousands go without work
Graphic: Earning an incomplete
Graphic: What career academies look like
Graphic: Less-popular programs yield better results
Graphic: Who earns more than minimum wage
Graphic: Out of school and out of work
Graphic: No next steps for some high school grads