Technical Career Pathways Broadened for High Poverty Urban Youth
- Project and Program Evaluation
- Strategic Planning and Facilitation
- Systems Re-engineering and Improvement
Tech Prep Urban Network is a collaboration of eight state colleges established to help address the disparities of underrepresented populations in career and technical pathways within Ohio’s largest urban school districts. The Network engaged RAMA to learn the true perspectives of key stakeholders within each urban district and develop a 3-year strategic plan to improve the recruitment, retention, transition, non-remediation, and college completion rates of high poverty urban youth in career tech pathways such as engineering, robotics, and computer science.
RAMA designed a highly participative process with consortia members to better understand successes, challenges, and opportunities for urban youth. A key part of the outreach strategy was working with local parents, school districts, and educational support organizations to design programmatic approaches that would appeal to the target student population. Additionally, to further engage this target population and promote the key messages of the Network, RAMA developed accompanying collateral materials and built a web presence to support the interests of students in career technical fields.