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The Seattle Times

Katherine Long

6 April 2015

Washington, United States

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Many students who are funneled into remedial courses don't end up completing their community college degrees. For the past decade, I-BEST has offered students a hands-on approach, connecting academic work with direct ...

The Hechinger Report

Sarah Garland

25 March 2015

Waco, Texas, United States

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A new vocational school in Waco makes a promise to its graduates: A good-paying job. The school focuses on blue-collar skills with a practical edge, ensuring employability.

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

11 March 2015

Fresno, California, United States

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A career high school in Fresno offers 16 tracks ranging from game design to environmental science taught by a team of teachers with work background in the respective fields. Studies have found that students enrolled i...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

16 October 2014

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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In Columbus, Ohio, a high school is pooling vouchers, donations, and earnings from its work study program to reach some of the city's students living below the poverty line.

The Buffalo News

Tiffany Lankes

17 August 2014

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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Across the country, educators increasingly look to vocational programs to better prepare students for the 21st-century workforce. Newark, New Jersey is spearheading a program of vocational education.

American University Radio (WAMU)

Kavitha Cardoza

1 August 2014

Auburn, Washington, United States

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Only $2 billion a year is spent on adult education in the U.S. A Washington State program is making the best of that minimal funding by combining skills training with basic education, preparing adults for jobs. The se...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

27 July 2014

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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A private high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is mimicking a college campus as part of an effort to help kids succeed in college. By trusting the students and giving them autonomy they have also reduced bad behavior.

AL.com (Alabama Media Group)

Kelsey Stein

24 June 2014

Deatsville, Alabama, United States

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To decrease the chance of formerly incarcerated individuals relapsing and ending up back in the prison system, the J.F. Ingram State Technical College in Alabama offers correctional education and vocational programs. ...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

27 March 2014

St. Marys, Georgia, United States

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A high school in Southern Georgia addresses their dismal graduation rates by adopting a "career technical" approach to teaching that offers students a choice of five career path "academies." Once a student is enrolled...

The Atlantic

John Tierney

10 November 2013

Maine, United States

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A college in the poorest county in Maine offers a high job placement rate and a relatively cheap education for seaside communities. At Maine Maritime Academy, students get hands-on experience to pursue relevant career...

NPR

Kavitha Cardoza

2 November 2013

Shoreline, Washington, United States

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When adults want to return to school, they face many challenges including the experience of long waitlists for classes, and poor relevance to the job skills they need for future employment. The Washington state commun...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

2 June 2013

Ghaziabad, India

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Over half of India’s population of 1.2 billion is under the age of 25. As such, there is a massive demand for skills training for young people to ensure their skills are matched with the needs of the job market. Gras ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

11 July 2012

United States

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An Irish-based company, ALISON, provides free, high-quality e-courses to people around the globe in order to help close the gap between education and workplace skills. Particularly focused on providing access to areas...

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