Giving Compass’ Take:
• Amber M. Northern and Michael J. Petrilli at Education Next discuss whether or not students in high school technical education (CTE) programs will have jobs available to them when they graduate as the job market does not reflect the number of career-tech students.
• How can donors help economies in more rural places increase their job markets for future graduates?
• Learn about career accelerators for students in tech.
Not long ago, the New York Times ran a revealing article titled “The Typical American Lives Only 18 Miles From Mom.” Based on a comprehensive survey of older Americans, the authors reported that, “Over the last few decades, Americans have become less mobile, and most adults—especially those with less education or lower incomes—do not venture far from their hometowns.” In fact, “the median distance Americans live from their mother is eighteen miles, and only 20 percent live more than a couple of hours’ drive from their parents.”
The implications they drew from that compelling statistic focused on child and elder care. But there’s a big message for education, too: If young people aren’t going far from home, then their hometowns need to do far better at readying them to succeed at local colleges and in careers. Which makes it more important than ever that high school career and technical education (CTE) programs mesh with real-world job opportunities in their own and nearby communities. Yet to our knowledge no study has empirically examined the extent to which that message has been heard—that is, the degree to which CTE course-taking in high school aligns with the kinds of work available in local labor markets.
Read the full article about career-tech students and future jobs by Amber M. Northern and Michael J. Petrilli at Education Next.
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