EPIC staff can lead workshops for your organization on the topics identified in the book chapters. Please visit the EPIC Workshop and Professional Development Page) to learn more about the services offered and to contact an EPIC representative for further information or scheduling.
Share information on the changing nature of the US economy by reviewing and discussing The College Advantage: Weathering the Economic Storm by Anthony Carnevale, Tamara Jayasundera, and Ban Cheah.
Read and discuss the report Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the Twenty-First Century, and consider the balance between career preparation and college preparation that is most appropriate.
Determine if tracking, formal or informal, is present in academic courses and how such practices affect student aspirations.
Look at a blueprint or map of your school campus. Do you see evidence, either historical or recent, of the separation of vocational and college track students built into the physical design of your school?
Explore the degree of consensus in the school on the need for all students to be college and career ready.
Consider how high-quality CTE programs that develop skills for twenty-first century careers can help students become more college and career ready. Does viewing these programs through the lens of college and career readiness, not job training, suggest any necessary changes?
Schedule a conference call with professionals who have taken nonlinear routes to their current positions. Have them share their pathway story to model how people change careers multiple times over their life, may have to move for a job, and may have to return to school or a training program at multiple points during a career.
Visit the National Center on Education and the Economy ’s report, What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready? (http://www.ncee.org/college-and-work-ready/)
Visit the National Assessment Governing Board website to read the results of studies on the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for different occupational areas (http://www.nagb.org/what-we-do/preparedness-research.html).
Share with your students the comparison chart of 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics average salaries and unemployment rates across different levels of education attained, including occupational programs (http://visual.ly/why-go-college).
Trace the story of your community’s evolving workforce needs. How have these changes affected your students’ families? How do these personal experiences influence and shape local conversations about the importance of having all students ready for college and careers?
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