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Learning for Jobs, Not “College for All”: How European Countries Think about Preparing Young People for Productive Citizenship


by Nancy Hoffman — August 03, 2010

Most countries that have low youth unemployment and transition young people quickly and successfully into a wide range of careers that meet labor market needs and have decent salaries do not have “college for all” policies as in the USA. Instead, they head most young people into VET with the option of moving into postsecondary professional education. They do so using a mix of work and schooling in a liberal arts context.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 03, 2010
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16096, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 9:14:27 AM

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  • Nancy Hoffman
    Jobs for the Future
    NANCY HOFFMAN is a Vice President at Jobs for the Future, a national non-profit in Boston. She works on the Early College High School Initiative and state policy supporting high school and postsecondary completion. Hoffman has held teaching and administrative posts at Brown, Temple, Harvard, FIPSE and elsewhere. She holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. Recent books include Double the Numbers: Increasing Postsecondary Credentials for Underrepresented Youth (2004) (with Kazis and Vargas), and Minding the Gap: Why Integrating High School with College Makes Sense and How to Do It (2007), (with Vargas, Venezia, and Miller). She is working on a book on vocational education and training in the OECD countries. Hoffman serves on the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.
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