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Lynn S. Chancer, Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, and Christine Trost

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190685898

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190685898.001.0001

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Transforming High School and Addressing the Challenge of America’s Competitiveness

Transforming High School and Addressing the Challenge of America’s Competitiveness

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(p.191) 9 Transforming High School and Addressing the Challenge of America’s Competitiveness
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Youth, Jobs, and the Future
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Stanley S. Litow

Grace Suh

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190685898.003.0010

This chapter examines the transformation of academic preparation to address the challenge of America’s competitiveness. American workers need higher skill levels more than at any time in history. In the heyday of manufacturing and skilled labor, vocational education or career and technical education (CTE) provided the critical workplace skills that promoted youth employment and economic mobility. However, today’s, and tomorrow’s, knowledge-based jobs require more than a high school diploma. Therefore, the task for today’s CTE is to create a clear path to student success, ensuring college and career readiness. The P-TECH 9–14 School Model, which is showing significant promise in raising education attainment levels while bolstering the American economy, is one needed solution. P-TECH offers a roadmap to achieving a broader set of reforms that, if implemented, would significantly strengthen US competitiveness and support economic growth.

Keywords:   academic preparation, America’s competitiveness, American worker, skilled labor, career and technical education, vocational education, youth employment, P-TECH 9–14 School Model

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