‘Hire’ education: A vocational model succeeds

March 8th, 2007 by Leave a Comment

Published Thursday, March 08, 2007

By Eric Wearne

(CNN) — Have you ever used what you learned in high school to get a job? Ask the graduates of Central Educational Center in Coweta County, Georgia, and you’ll likely get a resounding “yes.”

Like all public schools, CEC must meet state standards and its students are required to take all state standardized tests. However, as a charter school, CEC has the flexibility to tailor its curriculum to meet the changing needs of the business community.

CEC was recently nominated and selected by a consortium including the International Center for Leadership in Education, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and others, as one of 30 replicable national model high school programs in the United States. And, Whitlock’s team has received a grant from the state Department of Education to disseminate and replicate the CEC model throughout Georgia.

“We are beginning to hear the drumbeat for more career and technical education programs,” says Whitlock. “Seven years ago, people wondered if this model would work. Today, the message we get now is that you guys aren’t nearly big enough.”

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