Help Better Understand Student Interests, Futures

Health CareersThe fall often means parents and students getting bombarded with requests for information. A new school year means new forms and new needs from districts, schools, and teachers.

The fall also provides a unique opportunity for secondary school students to share some of their insights on what they are thinking with regard to future careers. As part of this effort, the Educational Research Center of America is working with schools and educators across the country to learn what today’s youth are thinking about a range of issues, from career and technical education to health and science careers.

In partnership with the National Association of Biology Teachers and SkillsUSA, ERCA is currently examining student aspirations toward a range of health and science careers.

With SkillsUSA and the Manufacturing Institute, ERCA is focusing on career paths that grow out of career and technical education, or CTE.

And in collaboration with Destination Imagination, the National Girls Collaborative, and the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, ERCA is delving into students’ aspirations toward a range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.

We hope your students will have the opportunity to participate in these exciting experiences, and we look forward to sharing the results with educators, parents, and the community at large in 2016.

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