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Pacific Standard

Delece Smith-Barrow

26 July 2018

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Dallas' Paul Quinn College is changing the dated perception of work colleges. At the first urban and historically black work college, students are graded on both academic and workforce performance. In the next few yea...

Pacific Standard

Brenda Iaesvoli

20 July 2018

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Schools across the U.S. have started offering girls-only auto trade classes as a way to encourage more females to participate in the often male-dominated vocational courses. Brenda Iasevoli writes "Shop class, it seem...

The Hechinger Report

Bekah McNeel

16 July 2018

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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In San Antonio, career-themed schools are at the center “of a growing push to more closely match the skills students gather in high school with workforce needs.” The Center for Applied Science and Technology (CAST), d...

The Marshall Project

Ashley Nerbovig

10 July 2018

Pennsylvania, United States

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A number of states have passed reforms aimed at helping people coming out of incarceration get licenses that are key to well-paying jobs, which in turn help people stay out of prison. But there are still numerous hurd...

The Guardian

Oliver Holmes

Hazem Balousha

5 July 2018

Gaza City, Palestine

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A coding academy in Gaza in the Occupied Territories trains young people computer skills and how to think like entrepreneurs, in a quest to offer alternative futures beyond endless conflict. With support from internat...

Christian Science Monitor

Stéphanie Jacob

14 June 2018

MARRAKESH, Morocco

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The Marrakesh-based Amal for the Culinary Arts offers Moroccan women from disadvantaged backgrounds free training in order to become culinary chefs. Through the program they get hands on experience. They also help the...

Quartz

Annabelle Timsit

12 June 2018

Switzerland

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In Switzerland, 30 percent of companies host high school age children for paid apprenticeships. These same companies are involved in setting the national standards for skills required for specific professions. This st...

Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman

11 June 2018

Wasilla, Alaska, United States

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A welders union in Alaska is helping fill vocational gaps for prisoners by bringing actual welding equipment to a correctional center so inmates get real-world experience. Although they work with virtual training prog...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Ajit Niranjan

4 June 2018

Germany

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Germany attributes its low youth unemployment rate to its widespread dual educational and vocational training program. College students split time between classrooms and office apprenticeships. Other countries are eag...

Today.com

Rheana Murray

15 May 2018

Chowchilla, California, United States

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In a central California prison, male inmates learn cosmetology skills so they can find jobs upon release. The woman overseeing the program ensures the inmates get classroom instruction and hands-on experience working ...

CityLab

Zach Mortice

8 May 2018

Waukegan, Illinois, United States

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When Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, one of a national network of work-study high schools, was looking to move out of an outdated building, an abandoned big box KMart caught administrators' eyes. Strapped by a tig...

Christian Science Monitor

Eva Fedderly

25 April 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Opened in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans' NET charter schools acknowledges that "many young people continue to struggle with issues that are greater than traditional models can support." Serving mainly stu...

KNKX

Ashley Gross

25 April 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A huge problem is about to confront America: technical employees, such as mechanics and plumbers, are retiring at three times the rate that they are being trained. Vocational programs, apprenticeships, and associate d...

Chalkbeat

Matt Barnum

19 April 2018

Massachusetts, United States

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A former high school teacher turned researcher found that both high-income and low-income students who attended career and technical education high schools were more likely to graduate than their peers enrolled in str...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

17 April 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Coding positions can provide a stable job with a middle class salary, however—due to a lack of opportunities, the cost of education, and the culture at tech companies—women and especially women of color have a difficu...

PBS NewsHour

Emily Richmond

16 April 2018

Hathorne, Massachusetts, United States

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At Essex Technical High School, students split their time between vocational classes and traditional coursework. While most teachers praise the model and point towards rising test scores as evidence of its success, ot...

The Hechinger Report

Emily Richmond

16 April 2018

Hathorne, Massachusetts, United States

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Essex Technical is one of a growing number of high schools that has shifted from offering vocational classes to promoting "career and technical education" (CTE) courses. Essex's split schedule allows students to alter...

The Hechinger Report

Amadou Diallo

11 April 2018

Redmond, Washington, United States

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Two schools in New York and Washington state are breaking the traditional high school mold by combining college preparation with career and technical education. Amadou Diallo writes, "Debating whether kids need hands-...

The New York Times

John Hanc

5 April 2018

Ohio, United States

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High schools across the country are promoting project-based learning as "the future of education." Suburban and urban, high-income and low-income classrooms in Massachusetts, Kentucky, California, and Ohio are connect...

The Guardian

Rachel Obordo

3 April 2018

Greater London, England

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Two social enterprises in London are making significant strides in helping out the homeless and rough sleepers. One, named Beam, uses a crowdfunding platform to help finance training and qualifications for work for a ...

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Meghan Mangrum

27 March 2018

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

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After Nashville's high schools introduced career academies, they saw a significant improved in graduation rates. Tennessee's Hamilton County Schools are now following suit. Situated within traditional high schools and...

Christian Science Monitor

Ann Doss Helms

19 March 2018

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Amidst the movement to integrate Career Technical Education (CTE) into college courses, one teacher decided to develop an all-female introductory auto shop class, empowering high school girls to learn skills that are ...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

5 March 2018

El Salvador

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A garment factory in El Salvador combines work and education by offering classes and incentives to study for the one-fifth of its workforce without an education. Those who do not study are often let go, but have the c...

Wall Street Journal

David Luhnow

1 March 2018

Mexico City, Mexico

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Hola Code Academy, a non-profit based in Mexico City, is building "Mexico's Silicon Valley." Targeting English-speaking students who have recently been deported from the United States, the startup offers free, intensi...

Inc. Magazine

Sonya Mann

5 February 2018

United States

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In response to the rising cost of college and a changing labor market, several startups are offering an alternative to traditional 4-year higher education programs. In exchange for on average one year of training in c...

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