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Career Pathways Program

Youth Connection Charter School

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Success Beyond High School
  • Grant Amount $150,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2013–June 30, 2014
  • Location Chicago, IL, United States
  • Geographic Focus Illinois

About this grant

This grant will enable the Youth Connection Charter School to continue to develop and model a blended secondary, postsecondary, and career training initiative titled the Career Pathways Program. The program provides dropouts and off-track students access to an accelerated and structured system of career-track opportunities as the context for high school learning and postsecondary education. Currently, there are eight schools piloting the Career Pathways Program. Over the last year, 429 students earned their high school diploma, 110 students earned college credit via dual enrollment opportunities, and 46 earned industry/occupational certifications as a result of this effort. Recommended support will enable the Youth Connection Charter School to broaden its programmatic efforts to facilitate activities that enhance the model’s ability to better prepare students for postsecondary options and success.