This book disrupts the false dichotomy of college versus career by showing how young people and the programs created to serve them integrate the worlds of college and career readiness as students work to learn against the odds and strive toward lives that matter to them. Work-based learning at each stage of the K–college experience is crucial to the development of young people. Through analysis of national policies on college readiness and work-based learning, as well as through illustrative case studies of young people in work-based learning programs, the authors highlight the programs, voices, and experiences of young people from middle school through college. Through interviews, participating students share their views, aspirations, and preparation for both college and career.
Table of Contents
1. "College for All" and Work-Based Learning: Two Reconcilable Differences
2. The Apprenticeship: A Bipartisan Model of Opportunity
3. "I Am Working and Learning": Expanding Freedoms to Achieve through Summer Youth Employment
4. Hearing the Voices behind the Variables: Community College Students Speak Out on School and Work
5. A Way Forward: Building Career and Postsecondary Pathways