Document Number: 7035Career Academies: Impacts on Labor Market Outcomes and Educational Attainment - This report examines the educational attainment and labor market outcomes – including average monthly earnings, number of months employed, hours worked per week and hourly wages – on young adults who had participated in career academies in high school. The study found that career academies produced positive impacts on a number of labor market outcomes among young men and students who entered programs at high or medium risk of dropping out of school. In addition, high school completion rates (graduation or GED) and postsecondary enrollment and attainment levels among career academy students were higher than national averages for similar students from similar school districts. The author proposes that one reason career academies had no impacts (positive or negative) on young women was because the young women in the sample had a greater focus on attending a postsecondary institution or taking care of their children. (James J. Kemple, MDRC, March 2004)...
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