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Just 7 percent of America’s public school teachers were Black during the 2017-18 school year, while Black students make up 15 percent of the student population, according to the most recently available data from the National Center for Education Statistics.
Preparing students for a changing workforce is one of the goals behind a movement to get kids thinking about their career plans at a younger age. A growing number of states and school districts now require students to take career exploration classes in middle school.
Individuals with degrees often find their education failed to prepare them for the realities of the workforce, according to Nov. 15 survey results from Multiverse. A majority of young adults with degrees said real-world workforce training is the most important element to preparing for a career. But that factor is missing from many higher education programs, they said.
Enrollment at California’s community colleges has dropped to its lowest level in 30 years, new data show. The stark decline has educators scrambling to find ways to meet the changing needs of students who may be questioning the value of higher education as they emerge from the harsh pandemic years.
In September, the federal government launched the Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative, a national network of more than 200 stakeholders who are committed to strengthening and diversifying Registered Apprenticeship. In announcing the initiative, the current administration stated, “The Apprenticeship Ambassadors have existing Registered Apprenticeship programs in over 40 in-demand industries and have committed to expand and diversify these programs over the next year.”
Despite an influx of COVID-19 relief money, school districts across the country have struggled to staff up to address students’ mental health needs that have only grown since the pandemic hit.
Apprenticeship Carolina works with more than 1,000 employers on apprenticeship programs for both adults and youth and is working with hundreds more prospective companies.
Amy Firestone, vice president of Apprenticeship Carolina, says while high school apprenticeships in South Carolina have been successful for years, some employers are now taking a second look at them.
Differences in test results between high- and low-achieving students suggest teachers are likely supporting a wider range of academic needs.
As the registered apprenticeship model gains steam for addressing teacher shortages, experts suggest strategies for successful development.