by Karen Lerner, Educational Therapist, The College Blueprint
If you are looking at our website and thinking about college application support for your child, but also recalling how that child has been struggling in middle or high school, please take a moment to read this blog.
I recently read an article by Anthony Carnevale, of Georgetown University, who was discussing the current state of Career and Technical Education (CTE), or what we previously referred to as Vocational Training, in our school system. One interesting point that he made was that each year 400,000 students who are in the top half of their high schools, matriculate to college, but fail to earn a degree at either a two or four year college eight years later. There are many reasons why a student might not stay in school – financial considerations, geographic changes, etc. However, I deal with students who have academic, social, and/or emotional issues, and those struggles are probably also represented in this number.
Finding the right school for a student with specific learning, emotional, or social concerns is one way to approach this situation. The College Blueprint routinely works on analyzing student issues and then identifying schools that will be a good fit. But another approach is to ask your child what he/she wants to ultimately do with his/her life, and proceed in another direction – that of finding a solid institution that provides CTE. There are many in Orange County that will help support your child in all types of careers, offering not only academic support, but courses that are focused on specific interests. Additionally, the nature of much of the course work allows for a multi-modality design to the curriculum; the student that struggles with paper and pencil might have a better chance with a more kinesthetic approach to his/her education.
Finally, for many of my students, they operate better when they understand the relevance of taking their courses, and a program where each class leads to a career makes expending the effort easier. We can help with identifying and supporting acceptance to CTE institutions right here at The College Blueprint.