DC CAN is one component of the District’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Strategic Plan which supports the establishment of NAF academies at DC Public and Public Charter high schools, thereby promoting the City’s mission to strengthen the pipeline to college and careers.
The NAF academy design includes rigorous, industry-focused curricula, integrated industry partnerships, and work-based learning experiences. It aligns closely with the Program Quality model laid forth in the District’s CTE Strategic Plan. NAF academy students have higher attendance, school engagement, academic performance, graduation, college enrollment and completion, employment, and career earning rates than peers who do not attend NAF academies.
All DC Public and Public Charter High Schools are eligible to apply for the DC CAN grant.