EdVestors’ third effort to achieve citywide student impact is to expand Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways as a strategy for improving Boston’s traditional public high schools.
Why Career and Technical Education?
Data from CTE models show that students involved in CTE are more likely to graduate, enroll in college, get a job, and earn higher wages. CTE pathways built on best practices can help to close opportunity and achievement gaps by providing access to rigorous coursework, non-academic student supports, exposure to work-based learning and career readiness, and opportunities for college and career exploration. We believe that expanding CTE pathways can be part of the equation for addressing the challenges facing Boston’s traditional public high schools.
EdVestors’ Current Efforts
At the school-level, we’re partnering with the BPS Office of Career and Technical Education to support BPS high schools to plan and develop new CTE pathways for launch in fall 2019. We’re also working with several BPS high schools to deepen the quality of existing CTE pathways at their schools. Investments in our first year include
- Biotech pathways at East Boston High School and New Mission High School
- Computer Science pathway at Dearborn STEM Academy
- Technical support at East Boston High School and The English High School
At the district-level, we’re partnering with key stakeholders to develop a blueprint for implementation of high-quality CTE pathways across the district. This includes co-leading the BPS high school Career Pathways Working Group.