Building Strong Systems

Career Partnership Academies

Updated December 2016

This secondary education initiative of the California Department of Education (CDE) is a high school reform program structured as a “school within a school” that prepares students for college and career. Career Partnership Academies (CPAs) focus on broad occupational sectors and incorporate integrated academic and career technical education (CTE), employer partnerships, mentoring, and internships.

Resources: Overview, Legislation (California Education Code Section 54690-54697)

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Initiated in 1984, Career Partnership Academies (CPAs) have proven very sustainable—state investment quadrupled by local matching contributions demonstrates ongoing commitment. At the same time, CPAs remain of small scale with only 20 percent of high schools offering a program. 

More than 60 percent of CPA participants state an intention to attend community college. Connecting CPAs to dual enrollment and community college programs of study that help participants earn credits before graduation could provide them with strong on-ramps to postsecondary education.

Linking CPA data with that of California Community Colleges could help local partners gauge efforts on participant transitions. Additionally, linking CPA results to California Employment Development Department wage detail data could provide a clearer picture of employment among CPA completers.

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