Why We Need Apprenticeship Programs for High School Students

By Heather Singmaster on July 9, 2015 12:02 PM

If you are a 15-year-old beginning high school, which country would you rather belong to?

Country A:

  • Youth unemployment rate of 10.1%
  • Approximately 5.5 million of the 16- to 24-year-olds are neither in school nor working
  • 14.9% of youth are underemployed (employed part-time or not to their full level of experience)
  • 15th happiest country in the world

Country B:

  • Youth unemployment rate of 3.1%
  • Overall unemployment rate of 3.1%
  • Happiest country in the world

Figure out what is Country A and Country B here.

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What Happens When Struggling High-Schoolers Take College Classes

High schools across the country are taking what might seem like a counterintuitive approach to educating some of their most at-risk students.

They’re enrolling them in college before they even graduate from high school.

A new report from the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy suggests that dual-enrollment programs, where students take classes simultaneously in high school and at a local college, have proven especially successful at getting less-affluent and first-generation students into college—and through it.

Read the rest of the article here.

Pathways to Opportunity: High School to College and the Workplace

Labor market economists project that by 2020, two-thirds or more of all jobs will require some postsecondary education — either a certificate, a credential or a degree at the associate level or higher. At present, however, the Southern Regional Education Board’s analyses of educational attainment data suggest that millions of young Americans are being left behind in the transition from high school to college and well-paying jobs. Significant numbers will never graduate, and many who do go on to college will not complete a credential with value in the marketplace.

Credentials for All: An Imperative for SREB States, the report of the SREB Commission on Career and Technical Education, offers a powerful solution to this problem: Provide more than one pathway to college and careers.

Read more here.