Students deserve access to CTE programs that educate and train to high standards and industry demands, and now is the time to support the adoption of a next set of CTE standards that will allow for more opportunities for students and our nation, said Dean Folkers NASDCTEc/NCTEF Deputy Executive Director in a recent editorial featured in Education Week (available only to Education Week subscribers). The editorial is featured in Education Weekâ€™s June 13, 2012 print edition.
â€œI agree with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who said that the largest federal career and technical education, or CTE, program “must beÂ transformedÂ if it is to live up to its potential,â€ he said.
â€œState CTE directors across the nation are taking action. We have united around a vision and developed the Common Career Technical Core, a shared set of standards that meet a quality benchmark for CTE programs, which will be released June 19.â€
Forty-two states, the District of Columbia, and Palau supported the development of the CCTC, which will help to answer our need for consistent, rigorous standards that are essential to preparing students for college and careers, he noted.
Learn more about the CCTC, which will be unveiled at the National Career Clusters â„¢ Institute June 19: