California’s high school education system is not working for the majority of our students. Only one-third of high school students in California graduate on time and many are not leaving with the academic or professional skills necessary for success in college and career. Many traditional academic programs do not feel relevant to students’ lives and aspirations. At the same time, traditional career and technical education (CTE) often lacks the academic rigor required for access to and success in college. Our state’s future depends on its ability to foster a workforce that can successfully compete in today’s economy.
Linked Learning, which is being implemented in schools across the state and beyond, addresses some of the fundamental challenges facing California’s high schools, providing students of all levels and abilities with the best possible chance for success in college and career. It makes high school an exciting learning environment where students are engaged, challenged, and confident in their preparation for 21st century careers.
Students choose a pathway theme that connects relevant coursework and allows them to apply their knowledge in real-world settings through internships, professional mentorship, job shadows, and similar experiences. These opportunities enable students to apply classroom knowledge in real-world situations. Through this integration of college- and career-readiness practices, Linked Learning ensures that every student will be equipped with the necessary experience and training to succeed as a skilled member of the California workforce.