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Can We Really Prepare Kids for Both College and Career?

California is making a big investment in “linked learning” — career-centered programs like these. In response to the Common Core Standards’ call to make every student “college and career ready,” linked learning programs not only aim to prepare high school students for college, but also set them on a career path. In 2014, the state doled out $250 million in competitive grants to develop linked learning programs, and it will match that amount in 2015. Many schools and districts also receive hefty sums from the federal government. Los Angeles Unified alone received $7 million from the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor to expand career programs in healthcare, technology and business at three high schools.