Career Pathways for All Youth

Career Pathways for All Youth Lessons from the School-to-Work Movement

Stephen F. Hamilton
paper, 216 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-444-1
Price: $34.00

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Career pathways (CP) has gained prominence as a strategy to ensure that high school students and displaced workers acquire the college and career readiness skills needed in a fast-changing, globalized economy. In an effort to ensure future success for CP, Stephen F. Hamilton examines the School-to-Work (STW) movement of the 1980s and 1990s and explores how the lessons learned from that campaign’s demise can pave the way for a CP program that endures and serves the most deserving.


Stephen Hamilton’s ambitious book about career pathways will be essential for everyone interested in building an education system that can prepare all students for both careers and further education. He argues that this crucial effort requires a system based on a partnership of employers, educational systems at all levels, civic institutions, and policy makers. — Thomas Bailey, president, Teachers College, Columbia University, and director emeritus and senior fellow, Community College Research Center

For those of us who remember the School-To-Work movement morphing into discussions about career and technical educa­tion and then essentially disappearing, Career Pathways for All Youth is a welcome continua­tion of career-focused education. — School Administrator

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About the Author

Stephen F. Hamilton is Professor Emeritus of Human Development at Cornell University, where he was also Associate Director of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research and previously Associate Provost for Outreach. He served as Dean of the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. He taught at a vocational high school in Washington, DC.

Educated at Swarthmore College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Hamilton studied Germany’s apprenticeship system as a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow. The book based on that research, Apprenticeship for Adulthood: Preparing Youth for the Future (Free Press), and a subsequent demonstration project helped shape the School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994. He has also engaged in action research with colleagues in Latin American youth programs and in research on work experience, service learning, mentoring, and the transition to adulthood.

Table of Contents


Work and Learning Series

Blog Post: "Pathways to College and Careers"

Blog Post: "Youth Apprenticeship is Back, Again"

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