Brief Designing Career and Technical Education Programs that Help Students Get Good Jobs
Shayne Spaulding, Madeleine Sirois
Display Date
Download brief
(394.21 KB)

This brief identifies a range of student-centered and market-aligned program design strategies to help students enrolled in short-term career and technical education programs get good jobs and careers. These strategies are especially important for those who are low income or are underrepresented in higher education, including student-parents, those juggling work obligations, returning citizens, and others. Through a review of the literature, we focus on three dimensions of program-level strategies to improve student outcomes: supporting career decisions and navigation, building skills for work, and connecting students to employment. This framework will support further research to understand what program design elements matter most in preparing postsecondary students for work.

Research Areas Education Economic mobility and inequality
Tags Workforce development Postsecondary education and training Inequality and mobility Community colleges Employer engagement
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center