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    Using Job Data to Guide Student Career Choices – Photo Gallery

    by Charles Borst posted April 25, 2018

    iLEAD Academy opened three years ago to help prepare Northern Kentucky students for careers in high-paying, high-demand fields. It uses a wonky weapon – labor-market data – to design course offerings that won’t leave students in dead-end jobs, and to give them solid advice that’s grounded in the needs of regional employers.

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    Photos by Pat McDonogh for Education Week

    The iLEAD Academy, ., is located a few doors down from a Kroger's grocery store, in a shopping center and in front of a Walmart. —Pat McDonogh/Education Week

    The iLEAD Academy is located a few doors down from a grocery store in a Carrollton, Ky., shopping center, and in front of the local Walmart.

    As a future high school science teacher, Michaela Stethen, an iLEAD junior, knows that she can get an annual salary of $37,358. But she must earn a bachelor's degree first. —Pat McDonogh/Education Week

    As a future high school science teacher, Michaela Stethen, an iLEAD junior, knows that she can get an annual salary of $37,358. But she must earn a bachelor’s degree first.

    Otilio Flores, another iLEAD student, earned his industrial-maintenance-technician certification at the end of his sophomore year. With a high school diploma in addition, he could be an industrial maintenance tech and earn nearly $37,000 a year. But Otilio is pursuing an associate degree so he can earn thousands more as an electro-mechanical technician. —Pat McDonogh/Education Week

    Otilio Flores, another iLEAD student, earned his industrial-maintenance-technician certification at the end of his sophomore year. With a high school diploma in addition, he could be an industrial maintenance tech and earn nearly $37,000 a year. But Otilio is pursuing an associate degree so he can earn thousands more as an electro-mechanical technician.

    Storm Mitchell is a student at the iLEAD Academy in Carrollton, Ky. She wants to work in robotics and travel internationally. She could earn more than $81,000 as a robotics technician if she goes on to earn a bachelor's degree. —Pat McDonogh/Education Week

    Student Storm Mitchell wants to work in robotics and travel internationally. She could earn more than $81,000 as a robotics technician if she goes on to earn a bachelor’s degree.

    Johnny Rivera discusses an algebra problem with classmates at iLEAD Academy, a career-focused high school in rural Kentucky. —Pat McDonogh/Education Week

    Johnny Rivera discusses an algebra problem with classmates at iLEAD Academy.

    iLEAD Academy math instructor Jenna Gray works with sophomore Isaac Logsdon on an algebra II problem. —Pat McDonogh/Education Week

    Math instructor Jenna Gray works with sophomore Isaac Logsdon on an Algebra 2 problem.

    iLEAD Academy junior Josiah Miracle stares intently at a problem on his computer screen during an algebra II class. —Pat McDonogh/Education Week

    Junior Josiah Miracle stares intently at a problem on his computer screen during an Algebra 2 class.

    Johnny Rivera, a sophomore at iLEAD Academy photographs a bench. Rivera was in the process of 3D modeling the bench. —Pat McDonogh/Education Week

    Sophomore Johnny Rivera photographs a bench that he is in the midst of 3D modeling.

    Dawson Allen, a junior at iLEAD Academy sat in the lobby of the school to work on his laptop. The school doesn't have typical classrooms and students are free to lounge and work throughout the building. —Pat McDonogh/Education Week

    Dawson Allen, a junior at iLEAD Academy, works on his laptop in the lobby of his school. The school doesn’t have typical classrooms; students are free to lounge and work throughout the building.

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