Job Centered Learning

About This Episode


Many economists, business owners, and labor leaders have raised alarm about a rising skills gap in the United States between the jobs that are available and those with the skills needed to fill them. This gap, largely notable in the construction trades but rapidly expanding to other occupations, is being driven, in part, by the retirement of baby boomers and the denigration of ‘blue collar’ work.

While many of these jobs pay beyond a living wage, high schools have largely ignored these career options and instead focused on sending graduates to college. Yet, evidence demonstrates that when high schools introduce vocational or career technical education into their curriculum, students not only learn valuable occupational skills, but are also more motivated to learn traditional core subject matter because they see their connection to the occupational paths they are pursuing.

Job Centered Learning takes a critical look at the wide range of career education some schools are offering. Filled with insightful interviews, the documentary shows how schools can play a role in shaping a new generation of students - one where they can find more meaningful educational experiences, fulfilling livelihoods and worthwhile careers.