New school model blends postsecondary degree, tech career training
With many people opting out of programs that offer traditional four-year degrees, some schools around the country are testing out new systems that allow students to earn associate's degrees or other certifications in unconventional ways, reports Education Week.
Faced with high proportions of students that never earn a bachelor's degree, several institutions in New York City - including a high school, a college and a major tech employer - have joined together to create a pilot program that blends secondary and postsecondary education as well as career training.
This model is hardly unique, as a growing number of institutions around the country are providing both teenage and adult students with alternative ways to obtain degrees to help them succeed later in life.
The source suggests that this cooperation between private and public organizations in the educational realm "enables more students to obtain the education and real-world skills they need to launch successful careers."
According to a 2009 report released by the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 39 percent of Americans have completed at least an associate's or bachelor's degree.