HERNDON, Va., Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The new global economy is craving highly skilled workers to fill high-demand jobs. According to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, by 2020, 65 percent of all U.S. jobs will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school. In response, high schools are switching their focus from vocational technology programs to more comprehensive career and technical education (CTE) in order to more effectively prepare students for both college and careers. To help high schools launch comprehensive CTE programs that offer students opportunities to earn a high school diploma and industry certifications, Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™) has launched Career Readiness Pathways™, an online and blended learning program for CTE.
Online and blended learning models are ideal for high schools looking to transform or expand their CTE offerings quickly, affordably, and thoroughly. Schools can implement Career Readiness Pathways with their own teachers, or they can opt to fully or partially staff their CTE programs with FuelEd's highly qualified, certified instructors to expand students' access to different career pathways regardless of teacher shortages. The program offers both a comprehensive four-year program and an accelerated program so students can start a career pathway as late as 11th grade and still be prepared for certification by graduation.
FuelEd's Career Readiness Pathways is starting with four Career Clusters®: business management and administration, health science, information technology, and manufacturing. Each cluster contains high-quality, rigorous courses for three career pathways allowing schools to offer up to 12 CTE pathways. Each pathway gives students the preparation and skills they need to earn industry-recognized certifications such as A*S*K and Microsoft® Office certifications in business; Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) in health science; CompTIA® and Adobe® certifications in information technology; and NIMS Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machine Operator Certification and MSSC Certified Production Technician Certification (CPTM) in manufacturing.
Career Readiness Pathways also contains support services to further prepare students for both college and career. Students receive preparation for the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC®) and the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI®) exams. They can explore their interests and learn more about themselves and potential industries with the career exploration services. In addition, students will learn critical, non-academic skills to help them thrive in the workplace with business skills development services. Additionally, FuelEd will help refer schools to SkillsUSA® to create their own career and technical student organization (CTSO) chapters for networking purposes.
"Giving students choices about their future empowers them to take charge of their education," said Gregg Levin, Fuel Education's General Manager. "With Career Readiness Pathways, students who may have never had a clear vision for their future can graduate high school with a diploma and an industry certification – and have the choice to start a career directly out of school or pursue a college education. It's opening doors for students to have better lives after graduation."
About Fuel Education
Fuel Education™ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education offers the industry's largest catalog of digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve diverse student populations. To learn more, visit getfueled.com and Twitter.
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