California Career Academies
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A new report from the California Policy Research Center at the University of California contains some positive results for students who attend career academies.
A 1985 assembly bill in the state offered competitive planning grants of $25,000 to 10 schools to initiate career academy programs and $50,000 per year for initial implementation. Three years later, a senate bill created the Partnership Academies program, offering planning and implementation grants. In 1999, 180 schools in 35 counties received support.
Career academies in California vary, but they share the school-within-a-- school structure, integrated academic and vocational curriculum, and employer and workplace involvement. According to the report, "Career Academy Programs in California," well-- developed career academies increased their students' academic knowledge and skills in comparison to students taking other high school programs. Career academies also increased high school completion rates and increased the probability of postsecondary education attendance. The need for later remediation in English was decreased, and the probability of university graduation for students who were not likely to attend-much less graduate-was increased.
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Publication information: Article title: California Career Academies. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: Techniques. Volume: 77. Issue: 4 Publication date: April 2002. Page number: 12. © 2007 Association for Career and Technical Education. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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