Career Programs for California’s Pipeline of Secondary Students: An Opportunity to Address the State’s Workforce Shortages
The study examined health career programs for the state’s pipeline of secondary students. It revealed a broad range of program structures, including academy models, Regional Occupational Centers and Programs, magnets and stand-alone health professions high schools. Key barriers to making these programs more widely available to students include insufficient data surrounding the career programs’ impact on students’ academic and career outcomes; fragmented funding streams from a variety of state, federal and private sources; and teacher shortages, due in part to restrictive credentialing requirements. The report concluded that the programs hold great promise, despite the challenges.