Issue Brief: Learning Pathways

Career-connected learning pathways – including internships, apprenticeships, and cooperative education programs – allow students to gain work experience while in high school. Through these programs, young people can develop employability and technical skills that can help them succeed beyond high school, including through building positive relationships with adults, developing social capital, and building their networks.

In Core Education’s June issue brief, we explore resources on learning pathways and work-based learning. We look at the features of career-connected learning, as well as consider the academic and technical skills, habits of mind, and networking skills that students need to develop to succeed in these programs. We investigate ways to remove barriers and use policy to support work-based learning, explore the perspectives of students engaged in career pathways programs, and examine the importance of advising to build students’ occupational identity and vocational self.

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