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Pearson Launches Blended Learning Career Courses

Pearson has launched 21 new career and technical education (CTE) courses designed to help high school students identify interests and aptitudes and explore employment and college options within their particular fields of interest.

Part of the company's GradPoint and Connections Learning suite, the courses cover a variety of concentration areas, including health and nutrition, business and finance, criminal justice, medical assisting, sociology and psychology, astronomy, homeland security, early childhood education, and marketing and research, many of which are aligned with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) objectives.

Each program of study is organized by career clusters — a number of which are recognized by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium — and career paths that represents a distinct grouping of occupations and industries. Available to districts and schools in fall 2013 and spring 2014, each course will include a variety of multimedia content, customized study guides, and interactive exercises designed to help students gain technical knowledge and skills training, enhanced by an academic foundation and real-world experience.

For information about CTE courses available through Connections Academy, visit connections

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