Dear members of the College in High School Alliance,

I am writing to share a new resource which has just been released by JFF’s Policy Leadership Trust, entitled No Dead Ends: How Career and Technical Education Can Provide Today’s Youth With Pathways to College and Career Success. One of the principles discussed is to expand intentional dual enrollment experiences for students.

High-quality career and technical education (CTE) programs represent an effective way to provide young adults with an educational experience that prepares them for both college and career success. But not all CTE programs provide accessible pathways to a bounty of educational options without dead ends.

To address the false dichotomy—college versus job preparation—in our nation’s public education system, JFF offers practitioner-informed policy considerations, rooted in a commitment to equity, that federal and state officials can use as a guide to strengthen CTE college and career pathways for today’s youth.

The five key principles to to fully integrate high-quality CTE experiences into every young adult’s pathway to college and career success are:

  1. Clearly define, elevate, and adequately resource high-quality CTE to ensure all learners have access
  2. Support every learner in developing their career identity through career exposure, counseling, and other critical supports
  3. Provide access to intentional dual enrollment experiences that combine CTE and rigorous core academics
  4. Provide every student with high-quality, work-based learning experiences integrated into their academic coursework
  5. Build stronger cross-sector data and accountability structures to ensure CTE student success and advancement

You can access the full report here.

Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!


Alex Perry
Policy Advisor
Foresight Law + Policy
800 Maine Avenue SW, Suite #200
Washington, DC 20024
(p) 202.499.6996 ext. 106
(c) 202.431.7221

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