CTE and 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Improving the outcomes of students in Oregon's 21st CCLC programs

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CTE and 21st Century Community Learning Centers

After school programs are uniquely positioned to support CTE efforts by either advancing pre-employment skills or by supplementing and extending CTE efforts currently in place in the school.

  • Provide time for additional exploration of CTE topics in a manner that complements but is different from school.
  • Engage and motivate students with innovative, hands-on, project-based learning to provide important context for and engagement with subjects supporting CTE efforts.
  • Connect students to valuable informal learning opportunities such as field trips to CTE-oriented workplaces and mentoring by professionals from the business and industry sectors.
  • Be effective in improving access to CTE fields and careers among underrepresented populations – including women, African-Americans, and Hispanics.

Afterschool and Workforce Development: Helping Kids Compete (2009), produced by the Afterschool Alliance, examines factors addressing workforce and career development, recruitment and retention of older youth, dropout prevention, and mentoring.

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