THE LINKED LEARNING APPROACH1. Linked Learning prepares students to succeed in college, career, and life.
Linked Learning is always about both college and career; it’s never a choice between one or the other. Here’s why: The probability of making a living wage in today’s economy without some form of postsecondary education is already low and will only diminish. Increasingly, career success depends on a postsecondary degree or credential—whether that’s a certificate, apprenticeship, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or higher level of achievement.
2. Linked Learning prepares high school students for a full range of post-graduation opportunities.
In addition to rigorous academics, each pathway centers on increased student proficiency in vital areas such as critical thinking, problem solving, media and information literacy, and collaboration—essential skills in the workplace. Linked Learning pathways make an immediate difference, helping young people earn more right after high school and giving them an advantage in the labor market while they pursue postsecondary education.
3. Linked Learning connects academics to real-world applications.
Linked Learning students understand how their high school education leads to their next academic or career steps. Linked Learning programs integrate core academics with a career focus and raise expectations for students. Core subjects are mastered through the power of applying knowledge in a real-world context. Students learn by addressing authentic challenges and situations customary to the modern workplace.
4. Linked Learning improves student engagement.
Linked Learning provides a more integrated and equitable approach to high school equity for students by eliminating practices that limit their options after high school. It inspires students by exposing them to previously unimagined college and career opportunities.