K-12 Career Studies Continue to Garner Attention

Putting hands-on carpentry studies to the test.

Last week, ClassLink featured a blog on K-12 high schools, notably the state of Arkansas, and others that have been dedicating time, focus, and dollars to overhauling their technology career studies to more aptly prepare students to be future employees in the future workforce. 

In the coming month, more than 14M students will head back to school nationwide and many of them will be participating in core curriculum programs centered on career and technical education programs, many of which are organized by industry themes. 

In years past, vocational studies (vo-tech) were given the negative rap of being solely focused on students who were not aiming to further their studies at college.  As technology career studies are continuing to receive what some are calling much-needed and long overdue attention – that vo-tech stigma, may be a thing of the past. 

Career education is on the rise and high schools are taking notice by offering industrial-focused curriculum, in order to better prepare students for their future college or workforce goals.   

One such example of this can be seen at Summit Technology Academy in Missouri’s Lee’s Summit School District where Peggy Hinzman teaches. This school is technology-driven and industrial-minded to its core – teaching classes such as pharmacogenomics (try saying that three times fast).  Pharmacogenomics is the study of how an individual’s genetic inheritance affects the body’s response to drugs. This rapidly expanding field is only one of many that this particular school is preparing students for. 

Career and technical education is growing and it’s more and more apparent that educators and institutions are merging the classroom with partners of the business world.  ClassLink is extremely excited to witness this progression! 

How about you? What is your local high school doing to foster career and technology enterprises? Visit our Facebook page and join the discussion!  To learn more about the program at Missouri’s Lee’s Summit School District visit this page: http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/08/23/career-education-on-the-rise-in-high-schools/training-program-for-high-school-students/ 

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Source: Career Education On the Rise in High Schools by Dennis Pierce. Eschoolnews, online. August 23, 2011.  

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