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June “CTE Monthly” Newsletter: Engaging CTE in the Common Core; Business Management & Administration Career Spotlight

June 12th, 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 newsletter highlights the Business Management & Administration Career Cluster™, an area expected over the next decade to experience job growth and increasingly require postsecondary education and training. The South Texas Business, Education and Technology Academy is an effective CTE program that is excelling in this Career Cluster™.

The June edition also features findings from a recent report about certificates from Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce. The report reveals that individuals with certificates in specific fields can provide greater earnings than postsecondary degree holders.

The CTE Monthly for June is available online now!

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

May “CTE Monthly” Newsletter: Tools for Calculating Return on Investment; Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Career Spotlight

May 21st, 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 Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster™ including its varied career options and labor market projections. Read more about the Regional Agricultural Science Technology School in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where CTE students excel while learning about Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources with a marine-related focus.

The May edition also highlights a TIME Magazine article, “Learning That Works,” that presents a compelling snapshot of CTE today.

The CTE Monthly for May is available online now!

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

New NASDCTEc Brief: Integrating the Common Core State Standards and Career Technical Education

March 20th, 2012

NASDCTEc is releasing today an issue brief, Achieve and State CTE Directors: Integrating the Common Core State Standards and Career Technical Education, that describes a pilot project to help educators integrate the Common Core standards and Career Technical Education (CTE). Achieve and NASDCTEc jointly created the project to guide educators as they develop instructional tasks that integrate CTE-focused standards, the National Career ClustersTM Knowledge and Skills Statements, into their lessons.

The issue brief also features updates from State Directors in two states, Illinois and Nebraska, where the project is being implemented.

To learn more, please join us this afternoon, March 20th at 2:00 pm EST, as we discuss the project in detail on a webinar.

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst  

January “CTE Monthly” Newsletter: U.S. Commerce Department Calls for Investments in STEM and Manufacturing; Information Technology Career Spotlight

January 20th, 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.

The January issue takes a closer look at the Information Technology Career Cluster™, an area that is projected to experience rapid employment growth over the next several years.

The newsletter also highlights a new report from the U.S. Department of Commerce that calls for greater investment in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Manufacturing Career Clusters™ to benefit the nation’s students and the economy.

The January edition of CTE Monthly can be accessed here. To view past newsletters, visit our advocacy tools Web page.

New Resource Identifies Largest and Fastest Growing Career Clusters, and Areas of Focus for CTE Graduates

January 19th, 2012

A new resource from NASDCTEc, Career Technical Education and Labor Market Demand, details the Career Clusters™ in which high school and postsecondary CTE students are choosing to concentrate. The paper also shows the top five areas of the labor market by Career Cluster™ that are projected to be the largest and fastest growing by 2018. These data indicate that Career Technical Education (CTE) graduates with high school diplomas or postsecondary skills are preparing for careers in fields that are growing or in high-demand.

View the new sheet here, and take a look at other NASDCTEc issue briefs and papers here.

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

December “CTE Monthly” Newsletter: New CTE Reports, Finance Career Spotlight

January 5th, 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.

The latest edition highlights two recent reports: the first focuses on Career Clusters™ and the labor market, and the second argues for greater collaboration between education and workforce agencies.

The newsletter’s “Career Spotlight” section features the Finance Career Cluster™ and describes a high school in Alabama that prepares its CTE students through a partnership with a local bank.

Lastly, learn more about a community college that the Aspen Institute calls “the nation’s best.”

Access the December 2011 CTE Monthly here. To view past newsletters, visit our advocacy tools Web page.

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

Report: School Counselors Critical to College and Career Readiness

January 4th, 2012

The Education Trust, a Washington-based organization, released a paper highlighting the role of school counselors in preparing high school students for postsecondary education and careers.

According to the paper, school counselors play a vital role in setting up students for success; however, they are often overwhelmed and sidetracked by assigned tasks that distract from the goal of preparing college- and career-ready students. Despite this, many school counselors are taking extra steps – such as poring over data to spot struggling students, or identifying students who need additional services – to increase students’ performance and their postsecondary opportunities.

The authors stated that all school counselors should be positioned to “assume leadership in the movement for college and career readiness,” and states, districts, and schools can take action by making these changes:

1)      Rework school counselors’ job descriptions to focus more on tasks that will result in college and career readiness for all students.

2)     Refocus counselor education programs so that school counselors are trained in educational equity and college and career readiness.

3)     Add more school-specific training and coursework on data usage to university counseling programs.

4)     Support current school counselors through additional professional development.

5)     Align school counselors’ evaluations with student outcomes.

Secondary students, including the many enrolled in Career Technical Education (CTE), would benefit from changes that allow school and career counselors to increase focus on college and career readiness for students.

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

NASDCTEc Webinar Today – Keeping Adult Learners Competitive for High-Demand Jobs

December 8th, 2011

In today’s turbulent economy, how can adult workers best position themselves to succeed in rewarding careers in high-demand fields? Further, how can employers aid in up-skilling current employees to meet increasingly complex job demands?

To explore these questions in greater depth, we will be hosting a webinar this afternoon called “CTE: Keeping Adult Learners Competitive for High-Demand Jobs.” The webinar accompanies the release of NASDCTEc’s latest issue brief of the same title.

Click here to register for today’s webinar.

When: Today – Thursday, December 8th from 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST

Dr. Ron Duggins, Director of the Center for Business Development at Oklahoma’s Meridian Technology Center, will discuss Meridian’s Business Incubator program and how it helps adult entrepreneurs to launch successful businesses.

Mr. Harry Snyder, Adult Workforce Development Supervisor at Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development in Ohio, will describe how Great Oaks’ Aviation Maintenance – Power Plant Technician class is preparing adults for high-demand jobs and meeting the needs of area businesses.

We hope you can join us this afternoon!

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

State Education Data Systems Improve, Still Lack Connections to Workforce

December 7th, 2011

States have made incredible progress over the last year in developing comprehensive longitudinal data systems, but they are still lacking when it comes to stakeholder empowerment and connections to workforce programs and employment outcomes.

The Data Quality Campaign (DQC), a nonprofit organization that supports the availability and use of high-quality education data, released this year’s state analysis report which reviews states’ progress in implementing DQC’s 10 essential elements of education data systems. According to the report, “without exception, every state in the country has robust longitudinal data that extend beyond test scores and could inform today’s toughest education decisions.”

Still, as DQC executive director Aimee Guidera noted on a webinar last week, most states have not yet empowered stakeholders with these data to make informed decisions.

The survey also revealed that little progress has been made around career readiness data. Only nine states have data that connects K-12 student learning with employment or other workforce education and training programs, and just twelve states have connected postsecondary students with employment outcomes.  The next Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems grants will give more states the opportunity to focus on building these linkages to workforce data.

Since the DQC’s primary focus is on K-12 data issues, leaders from the National Skills Coalition and other national organizations  are developing an initiative, the Workforce Data Quality Campaign, to support states’ efforts to link K-12 and postsecondary data to workforce data. NASDCTEc will provide more information on this campaign as it becomes available.

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

Most Manufacturing Executives Report a Shortage of Qualified Workers, Survey Shows

November 3rd, 2011

A recent national survey from the Manufacturing Institute, an organization focused on improving and expanding manufacturing in the United States, delves deeper into the “skills gap” issue and examines how industry leaders are responding to this challenge.

Of the thousand manufacturing executives who completed the Manufacturing Institute’s survey, nearly 70 percent reported that they have a moderate or severe shortage of available, highly-qualified workers. Over half expect the shortage to worsen within the next five years. Further, over 60 percent of executives stated that shortages and skill deficiencies are having a profound impact on their companies’ ability to expand and improve.

Manufacturing Institute President Emily DeRocco stated that students and their parents have a limited understanding of the jobs that are available in manufacturing today, partly due to the stigma around the low-skilled manufacturing jobs of the last century. However, today’s manufacturing jobs require more complex skills, like high-level technology and computer skills, and are situated in much better work environments.

Many executives reported that available jobs are in areas of “skilled production,” such as machinists, operators, distributors, and technicians. DeRocco suggests that companies partner with educational institutions, such as CTE schools and centers, to further align education and training to meet the needs of business and industry.

Through the Manufacturing Career Cluster, Career Technical Education (CTE) programs provide a response to manufacturers’ demands by educating students through career pathways that lead to industry-recognized credentials. Still, more students are needed to overcome this skills gap by training in advanced manufacturing programs of study (POS) and acquiring the skills needed to pursue positions in manufacturing.

The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte provide an analysis of the survey results in Boiling Point? The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing.

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

 

 

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