June 29, 2016
Linked Learning is a key strategy in YPI’s work in middle and high schools, as an effective means of bridging the achievement gap for students. By providing career pathways in fields such as health care and engineering, the Linked Learning model engages students in learning and increases their academic achievement.
[photo courtesy of UCLA. STEM Academy of Hollywood students getting hands-on tutorials.]
With support from The California Endowment, YPI is currently providing health career pathways at three middle schools and four high schools. Thanks to a recent Career Technical Education (CTE) Incentive Grant from the California Department of Education, we are now able to integrate academics with career technical and professional training at additional schools: LA Academy of Arts & Enterprise, Camino Nuevo, Catapult, Alliance Health Services Academy, APEX, Mission View Charter, Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, and YPI charter schools Bert Corona and Monseñor Oscar Romero.
The Los Angeles Unified School District also received a CTE Incentive grant which will benefit Promise Neighborhood schools including STEM Academy of Hollywood, Sylmar Biotech Health Academy, and Teacher Prep Academy at Cesar Chavez Learning Academies. These schools will receive resources to connect with employers and prepare students for jobs in high-demand fields, including robotics, information technology, health care, and engineering.