A bipartisan bill introduced in the House and Senate looks to better integrate academics with career and technical education programs to help prepare high school students for college-level work and high-skill careers.
The Education for Tomorrow’s Jobs Act (H.R. 3154 and S. 1686), introduced by Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-Pa.), encourages partnerships among school districts, higher education institutions, local industry and other stakeholders to develop learning strategies and hands-on learning for students. It emphasizes work-based learning opportunities for students focused on high-pay, high-growth or high-skill industries. It would also allow K-12 schools to provide wraparound services to students and tap learning strategies such as cohort scheduling and learning communities.
Through such partnerships, educators and businesses can better identify skill sets needed by local industry, said Casey, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
“Those skills will be integrated into the classroom experience through hands-on, project-based learning that keeps students engaged and more likely to graduate from high school,” he said.
The bill is designed to support programs such as Linked Learning, a high school reform strategy in California that links demanding technical education and real-world experience in a wide range of high-growth occupations, such as engineering, arts and media, biomedicine and health. Below is a video featuring a high school student participating in a Linked Learning program. <Read more or watch the video>