We are very excited to introduce the first post in an ongoing series that will display the research of elite think tanks, social scientists, and journalists who are engaged in the same important work as KOC. Come to this page to find groundbreaking studies on the causes underlying the opportunity gap, the effect of professional exposure on youth, the power of social-emotional learning, and other salient and yet unexplored topics in education reform.
We consider these researchers to be our partners. Their data gives us guidance, and our programs bring their data to life.
The article ‘The Impacts of Career-Technical Education on High School Labor Market Success,’ by J. Bishop and F. Mane assesses the effects of vocational education programs for upper-secondary school students on graduation rates and subsequent earnings. Career Technical Education (CTE) exposes students to career opportunities and gives them the technical and academic skills necessary for success in reliable and interesting future careers. Professionals in such careers are also likely to become lifelong learners. Analysis of 12 years of longitudinal data found that those who devoted about one-sixth of their time in high school to occupation-specific vocational courses earned at least 12% higher salaries one year after graduating and about 8% higher salaries seven years later. Knowledge of Careers (KOC) exposes and connects students to successful professionals through weekly presentations for KOC Year 1 Freshmen. Professionals from a wide range of careers develop and deliver engaging presentations that help students understand what they do, the path they took to get there, and the academic skills they regularly employ. KOC uses CTE strategies to prepare students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill professional positions.
Link to Article: http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1036&context=cahrswp