Robert Ivry says… "Career Academies are one of the few youth-focused interventions that have been found to improve the labor market prospects of young men. MDRC’s study demonstrates that it’s possible to improve labor market preparation and successful school-to-work transitions without compromising academic goals and preparation for college. Today, MDRC is developing and piloting a new program and curriculum for academies to help students understand the connections between what they learn in school and their future, make informed decisions about college and career, and acquire the skills to succeed in both."
WORKING TOWARD A SOLUTION
Eight-year findings on Career Academies — a popular high school reform that combines academics with career development opportunities — show that the programs produced sustained employment and earnings gains, particularly among young men. Career Academy participants were also more likely to be living independently with children and a spouse or a partner.
How Career Academies Can Build College and Career Exploration Programs
MDRC and Bloom Associates developed and piloted a program to help Career Academies, a popular high school reform, build college and career exploration programs for their students. This report presents lessons learned from its implementation in 18 academies in California, Florida, and Georgia.
Learn about the ECCO (Exploring College and Career Options) curriculum, developed by MDRC and Bloom Associates, which includes lessons and activities that help students prepare for college and career and exposes them to real-world experiences on college campuses and in the workplace.