SERVE was awarded a competitive AERA Grant to study whether non-college bound youth (defined as those who do not attain any postsecondary education credential after high school) who take part in a sequence of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) coursework as well as work-based learning during high school are more likely to experience positive school-to-work (STW) transition outcomes compared to non-college-bound youth who do not take STEM courses or those who take STEM courses outside of a meaningful sequence or pathway using data from the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002). Few studies to date have explored whether participation in structured STEM coursework and work-based learning activities provides an advantage to non-college bound youth in particular who enter the workforce without the training and experience that would come from postsecondary education. Results from this study will inform efforts around career pathway program development and career advising that are tailored to the needs of non-college bound youth, particularly for the small, but substantive group of non-college bound youth who never enroll in college.
For more information about this study, contact Bryan Hutchins.
The latest news brief from the National Center for Homeless Education's (NCHE) Best Practices in Interagency Collaboration Brief Series provides an overview of education and workforce programs that serve youth experiencing homelessness, and suggests strategies for cross-system collaboration among these programs to support youth experiencing homelessness. Read the Supporting In-School and Out-of-School Youth Experiencing Homelessness Through Education and Workforce Partnerships news brief.
Dr. Julie Edmunds, Director of the Secondary School Reform Program at SERVE Center has been researching, for more than a decade, the impact of early colleges on student high school performance, graduation rates, and students’ readiness for postsecondary education. Read the recent article, The impact of early colleges: What does the research say? in which Dr, Edmunds discusses the effectiveness of the early college model at EdNC.
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