The Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA), in partnership with LeadLocal and Jobs for the Future, is working with school districts in Arizona to increase high-need students’ access to quality career pathways in cybersecurity and computer science. In 2019, CFA received an early-phase Education Innovation and Research grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement the Career Connected Pathways program. Students at Career Connected Pathways schools will learn about careers in cybersecurity and computer science at the beginning of high school, and they will have access to the dual enrollment classes in the 11th and 12th grade to get a head start on the credentials needed to enter these high-demand fields.
SRI Education is the external evaluator for the Career Connected Pathways grant, providing feedback to support program improvement, documenting overall program implementation, and assessing the program impact on student outcomes through a quasi-experimental research design.
Principal Investigator: Kyra Caspary
Project Director C.J. Park
Populations: High school studentsLow incomeStudents of color
Services: Dual enrollmentImplementation researchResearch and evaluation
Content: Computer ScienceSTEM