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New NASDCTEc Publication on Career Academies

May 13th, 2013

Career academies are a proven way of delivering high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE). Through small learning communities, college-preparatory curriculum, and strong partnerships with local employers, career academies offer work-based learning opportunities and rigorous pathways to postsecondary education and careers. Research strongly supports the efficacy of career academies in increasing the academic success, attendance levels and future earning potential of participating students.

Learn more about these dynamic academies in our latest publication, Career Academies: An Investment in Students, the Workforce and the Economy. An archived webinar on this topic, featuring representatives from the national, state and school levels, is now available here.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

NASDCTEc Releases Publication on Area CTE Centers

April 29th, 2013

Career Technical Education (CTE) inherently emphasizes partnerships with employers and encourages input from business and industry on CTE curriculum and other collaborative opportunities so that students graduate with the knowledge and skills that employers demand. But despite increased interest in CTE by students and businesses, states and school districts are struggling to maintain or expand CTE programs due to limited federal, state and local funding. Given the current fiscal situation, area CTE centers area an especially viable option for districts wanting to provide students with high-quality CTE in a cost-effective way.

Last week, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) released a new publication on this topic – Area CTE Centers: Conquering the Skills Gap through Business and Industry Collaboration. The paper provides information on the history, benefits, and cost effectiveness of area CTE centers. Several examples of best practices are highlighted including Miami Valley Career Technology Center in Ohio and Canadian Valley Technology Center in Oklahoma. Read more

A webinar recording on area CTE centers, featuring leaders from the schools mentioned above, is now available here.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

April CTE Monthly Newsletter: Bipartisan Support for CTE, Senate Perkins Sign-On Letter

April 25th, 2013

CTE Monthly, a collaborative publication from the Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, features the latest news on Career Technical Education (CTE) from across the nation for CTE stakeholders and Members of Congress.

In the April edition, read more about:

  • Senate Perkins Appropriations Letter Sign-on
  • Bipartisan Support for CTE in the House
  • Research Depicts the Convergence of CTE and Academics
  • Exemplary CTE Programs, Business-Education Partnerships and Students in New Jersey, Florida and California

View archived CTE Monthly newsletters and other advocacy resources on our Advocacy Tools Web page.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

March CTE Monthly: Interest in STEM Careers Rising; Exemplary CTE in NY, TX and OH

March 19th, 2013

CTE Monthly, a collaborative publication from the Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, features the latest news on Career Technical Education (CTE) from across the nation for CTE stakeholders and Members of Congress.

In the March edition, read more about:

  • Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) Recognized as CTE Policymakers of the Year
  • Interest in STEM Careers Rising
  • Human Services Career Cluster® 
  • Exemplary CTE Programs and Students in New York, Texas, and Ohio

View archived CTE Monthly newsletters and other advocacy resources on our Advocacy Tools Web page.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

February CTE Monthly: CTE Month; Report on Student Engagement

February 22nd, 2013

CTE Monthly, a collaborative publication from the Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, features the latest news on Career Technical Education (CTE) from across the nation for CTE stakeholders and Members of Congress.

In the February edition, read more about:

  • How to celebrate CTE Month
  • Marketing Career Cluster™
  • Tennessee Technology Center at Chattanooga State Community College

View archived CTE Monthly newsletters and other advocacy resources on our Advocacy Tools Web page.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

New NASDCTEc Publications: CTE Trend Analysis: Governance and Funding

February 21st, 2013

Every other year, NASDCTEc conducts a survey of the membership to gauge trends in Career Technical Education (CTE) across the country. Based on analyses of this year’s survey results from 50 states and territories, and comparisons to surveys administered in 2008 and 2010, NASDCTEc has authored a series of synopsis papers that describe trends in four key areas: Career Clusters™ and Programs of Study, CTE Teacher/Faculty Shortages, Governance, and Funding.

Today, NASDCTEc released the final two issue briefs in this series:

2012 Synopsis of CTE Trends: Governance

CTE programs are offered in a variety of settings including comprehensive high schools, middle schools, area technical centers, and four-year universities. Within these institutions, the level of CTE programs offered ranges from exploratory to in-depth. With such a wide variety of learners served through many types of institutions, state governance of CTE programs is understandably complex and varies considerably from state to state.

2012 Synopsis of CTE Trends: Funding

Despite budget shortfalls, states such as Nebraska are leveraging students’ voices to show state legislators the importance of funding CTE. While long-term projections on Perkins funding levels are uncertain – due in part to issues like sequestration – a vigilant focus on high-quality CTE programs, data-driven decision making, and return on investment will best position CTE to ward off as many additional funding cuts as possible.

An archived webinar on these two topics is available here.

Stay tuned for more information on a NASDCTEc Legislative Update webinar on Monday, March 25th at 3:00 pm ET.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

October CTE Monthly: Secretary Duncan Talks CTE, New Georgetown Report on CTE

October 16th, 2012

CTE Monthly, a collaborative publication from the Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, features the latest news on Career Technical Education (CTE) from across the nation for CTE stakeholders and Members of Congress.

In the October edition, read more about:

·         Secretary Duncan’s recent comments about CTE

·         Launch of Industry Workforce Needs Council

·         Exemplary CTE programs and students in CA, NY, and NC

·         New Georgetown report on CTE

View archived CTE Monthly newsletters and other resources on our Advocacy Tools Web page.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

September CTE Monthly: Impact of Sequestration, Exemplary CTE in MA, TX, and UT

September 18th, 2012

CTE Monthly, a collaborative publication from the Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, features the latest news on Career Technical Education (CTE) from across the nation for CTE stakeholders and Members of Congress.

In the September edition, read more about:

·         Impact of Sequester on the Carl D. Perkins CTE Act

·         Issue Brief on CTE’s Role in Urban Education

·         Exemplary CTE Programs and Students in Massachusetts, Texas, and Utah

·         CTE as a Key Solution to Absenteeism

View archived CTE Monthly newsletters and other resources on our Advocacy Tools Web page.

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

State CTE Profiles Update Reflects Latest CTE Data, Funding Trends

September 12th, 2012

The State CTE Profile webpage, a resource that provides an overview of Career Technical Education (CTE) in each state, has been updated to reflect the latest trends and initiatives impacting CTE in the states. Highlights include:

  • CTE school and enrollment data
  • Funding trends in CTE
  • Perkins accountability outcomes for 2010-11 and previous years
  • Career Clusters ™ and programs of study updates
  • State CTE Web sites

Want to learn more about CTE trends across the nation? Check www.careertech.org this fall when NASDCTEc will release trend analysis papers — on Career Clusters ™ and programs of study, CTE teacher/faculty recruitment and retention, CTE funding, and CTE governance — based on states’ most recent CTE information.

State CTE Profiles can be accessed here.

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

July “CTE Monthly” Newsletter: Common Career Technical Core Unveiled; Education & Training Career Spotlight

July 16th, 2012

CTE Monthly, a collaborative publication from the Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, features the latest news on Career Technical Education (CTE) from across the nation for CTE stakeholders and Members of Congress.

This month’s issue discusses the Education & Training Career Cluster including its varied career options and labor market projections. Read more about how the Teacher Academy of Maryland prepares students by creating a pipeline from secondary to postsecondary education for students interested in teaching and training.

The CTE Monthly for July is available online now!

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

 

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