Potential Role of Secondary CTE Programs in Preparing Students for Apprenticeship Programs

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From Perkins Collaborative Research Network

Much has been written in recent years about the need to provide greater work-based learning opportunities for high school students as an instructional strategy to better prepare students for college and the workforce. Several reports, such as Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century and Learning for Jobs have argued that other countries, those with robust apprenticeship systems, do a much better job than the United States in preparing all students for careers. This project explores the potential role that secondary career and technical education (CTE) programs may play in preparing students for apprenticeship programs.

Through site visits and interviews of current secondary CTE programs that align with and articulate to apprenticeship programs in a variety of contexts and Career Clusters®, local CTE programs are profiled for common elements and practices that characterize effective programs, as well as the underlying supports and programmatic features that enable success. Resources include a Resource Guide describing the characteristics of effective programs and strategies for engaging employers; three mini-guides offering strategies for aligning CTE and apprenticeship programs, tailored for use by employers, local and regional teams, and state teams; a site visit report and site profiles; and instructional videos and webinars on CTE-Apprenticeship alignment that include lessons learned from local programs.

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