Vocational and career-exploration programs sometimes carry a negative stigma that they are only for students who are not planning to attend college, asserts teacher Kristen Swanson. In this blog post, she writes about the importance of such programs, the connection of career-readiness to the Common Core State Standards and offers three ways to "make career exploration cool again." She suggests telling students and parents about the benefits of exposing students to careers in fields they are interested in, help students take on authentic career-oriented roles and use technology, such as Skype, to bring professionals into the classroom.
Can new approaches remove negative views of vocational education?
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