College, Career & Technology Academy Toolkit

This toolkit was designed as a resource for practitioners seeking to prepare off-track, out-of-school youth for postsecondary success. Located in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District, Texas, CCTA is a dropout recovery school where young people experience themselves as college students rather than high school dropouts. Students take a specific set of courses designed to meet their individual academic needs. They also participate in courses to learn key study and college success skills to take ownership of their own learning.

Each section of the toolkit describes how CCTA approached a specific aspect of planning and implementing the Back on Track Through College design. Topics include how to know if a CCTA model is right for your community, recruiting students, helping them build college-ready skills while addressing skill gaps, and financing the model. For each section, the kit includes sample documents from CCTA, such as college partnership agreements, course syllabi, and information for parents about college. This toolkit can help support the work of district and school leaders, teachers, and support staff looking for an innovative, college-focused model to serve off-track youth in their districts.

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