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Targeting Our Youth: A Plan for Engaging K-12 Education Systems
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When: November 12, 2019
2:00 PM
Where: Webinar
United States
Presenter: Chanel Fort
Contact: Kathy Day

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With the evolution of the High School Movement that later forged the Vocational Training movement,
currently known as Career & Technical Education (CTE), students are now learning concepts that are in
touch with reality and that are relative to their career aspirations. But beyond the walls of the career
development programs that are offered to students while in pursuit of a high school diploma, what activities
will connect our nation’s school-age youth who are out-of-school so that both student groups find hope in
the next level of mass and higher education and career access? Additionally, how do these activities aim to
mitigate the high school dropout rate?
Through Dual Enrollment (DE) students are offered the distinct opportunity to complete college coursework
that is concurrent with their junior or senior year of high school. For students who participate in CTE
programs or who do not participate in CTE programs, Dual Enrollment offers them the next step in
reaching their educational attainment goal in the preferred career track. Studies provided by the
Community College Research Center show that Dual Enrollment leads students to finish college faster,
thereby, allowing them to save money; and students are more likely to complete high school, go on to
college, and complete a college degree. But as the population of out-of-school youth remains a concern,
Dual Enrollment, while effective for in-school youth, may not cross the line to reach the nation's millions of
out-of-school youth. However, this does lend a keen focus to develop sustainable education and career
programs to target the population of out-of-school youth.