College & Workforce Readiness Photos

Using Job Data to Guide Student Career Choices

By Education Week Photo Staff — April 25, 2018 1 min read

iLEAD Academy opened three years ago to help prepare Northern Kentucky students for careers in high-paying, high-demand fields. It uses a wonky weapon – labor-market data – to design course offerings that won’t leave students in dead-end jobs, and to give them solid advice that’s grounded in the needs of regional employers.

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The iLEAD Academy is located a few doors down from a grocery store in a Carrollton, Ky., shopping center, and in front of the local Walmart.
As a future high school science teacher, Michaela Stethen, an iLEAD junior, knows that she can get an annual salary of $37,358. But she must earn a bachelor’s degree first.
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Student Storm Mitchell wants to work in robotics and travel internationally. She could earn more than $81,000 as a robotics technician if she goes on to earn a bachelor’s degree.
Johnny Rivera discusses an algebra problem with classmates at iLEAD Academy.
Math instructor Jenna Gray works with sophomore Isaac Logsdon on an Algebra 2 problem.
Junior Josiah Miracle stares intently at a problem on his computer screen during an Algebra 2 class.
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Dawson Allen, a junior at iLEAD Academy, works on his laptop in the lobby of his school. The school doesn’t have typical classrooms; students are free to lounge and work throughout the building.

A version of this article first appeared in the Full Frame blog.


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