This Week in CTE

June 21st, 2019

TWEET OF THE WEEK

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

FY2020 Appropriations Bill Passes in the House

On June 19, the House passed the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) $1 trillion minibus appropriations bill, H.R. 2740, that included funding for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Ed) on a 226-203 vote. Bundled into this minibus were the funding bills for Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water. The bill included close to $1.3 billion for CTE State Grants, also known as Perkins Basic State Grants- leading to a total increase of $47 million over the amount provided by Congress for FY19.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Jacket Manufacturing is a student-run business at Perham High School in Minnesota established in 2018. This program provides students with the opportunity to learn real-world skills critical to the manufacturing industry such as sales, marketing, logistics, record keeping, customer service, and a wide range of machining and production techniques. The program was developed in partnership with local manufacturing businesses who provide equipment and manufacturing expertise to the class. Watch the video here

Want to learn more about these unique opportunities? Read 2019 Excellence in Action Award winner profiles that include information on student-operated businesses.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

The Workforce Playbook: A Community College Guide to Delivering Excellent Career and Technical Education

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program shares new research in The Workforce Playbook: A Community College Guide to Delivering Excellent Career and Technical Education. The research highlights a set of practices, processes, and mindsets that distinguish colleges that are effective at ensuring that diverse learners succeed in the labor market and make a significant, positive difference in their communities. They traveled the country visiting top-performing community colleges to learn what the best schools do to build effective workforce programs.

The guide states that essential practices of excellent colleges fall into four domains:

  • Advance a vision for talent development and economic mobility;
  • Deliver high-quality programs aligned to regional needs;
  • Take intentional action to support students’ career goals from pre-matriculation through post-graduation; and
  • Develop responsive mutually beneficial partnerships with employers centered on honest feedback and reciprocal support.

Read the full guide here.

This Week in CTE

June 14th, 2019

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House Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Process Moves Forward

On June 10, the House of Representatives moved ahead with the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Ed) appropriations process by packaging it with the funding bills for the Legislative Branch, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water, into what is called a “minibus” appropriations bill, H.R. 2740. Members of the House proposed a total of 189 amendments to the Labor-HHS-Ed portion of H.R. 2740, and the House Committee on Rules determined that 77 of these would be considered. Representative Angie Craig (D-MN) proposed one of these amendments, an amendment that brings attention to the importance of Career Technical Education (CTE) (however, it does not increase or decrease the money allocated to CTE State Grants). It is anticipated that the full House will vote on this appropriations package next week.

Read the full blog to learn more.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Did you know this year marked the 65th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board decision? It ruled that racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional. The Alliance for Excellent Education has started a year-long campaign titled  #OurChallengeOurHope on the unmet promise of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. The campaign was created to ensure that the spotlight on this landmark case doesn’t dim until the next anniversary, will shine a light on the continuing needs of students—no matter their race, zip code, or background. Every month they share an issue related to the unfulfilled promise of the landmark case and this month is High School Graduation Rates. Watch the video to learn more: https://youtu.be/itl8nhG_2PE

Learn more about the “Our Challenge Our Hope” campaign at www.all4ed.org/BrownVBoard.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Looking for a primer on what CTE is, how it’s funded and the impact of CTE programs? Read 101: Career Technical Education a new fact sheet released today by Higher Learning Advocates and Advance CTE. This document provides an overview of what CTE is, postsecondary CTE outcomes and funding mechanisms for CTE programs. Check out the full fact sheet here. Here are a few notable facts:

  • There are 2.6 million learners in postsecondary CTE programs;
  • Eighty-six percent of adult learners concentrating in CTE are employed in their field or continue their education within six months of program completion; and
  • In Fiscal Year 2019, Congress allocated about $1.27 billion toward CTE programs.

Read the fact sheet here.

This Week in CTE

June 7th, 2019

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Appropriations Fact Sheet Shared by the House Committee on Appropriations

The House Committee on Appropriations released a one-page fact sheet on the Fiscal Year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill outlining some of the funding increases the bill allocated to the Departments of Labor, Health & Human Services and Education. Read it here

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Learners attending the West Ada Career and Technical Education Vet Science Program were recently featured in the Leaders in Learning – Idaho News segment for giving back to their community and learning at the same time! Nicole Mitchell and Karson Turley are seniors in high school and are both raising guide dogs for the blind. The dogs accompany them in the classroom and they help to teach the dogs how to handle daily distractions.

Watch the video here.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

2019 Report on the Condition of Education

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the annual Condition of Education report which examines the condition of education in the United States from prekindergarten through postsecondary, as well as labor force outcomes. The report includes data and analysis for 48 indicators across four categories: Preprimary, Elementary and Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education, Populating Characteristics and Economic Outcomes and International Comparisons. It also included a “spotlight indicators” section that examines postsecondary education enrollment and outcomes.

Key findings:

  • Undergraduate enrollment increased by 27 percent between 2000 and 2017, and by 2028 undergraduate enrollment is expected to increase by 17.2 million students;
  • In the fall of 2017, 75 percent of undergraduate learners at four-year institutions were enrolled full-time and 37 percent of undergraduate learners at two-year institutions were enrolled full-time;
  • From 2000 to 2017 the median earnings of young adults were consistently higher for those with some type of postsecondary attainment than without; and
  • The number of postsecondary certificates and degrees awarded increased from the 2000-2001 and 2016-2017 school years.

Read the full report here.

THIS WEEK IN CTE

May 17th, 2019

TWEET OF THE WEEK

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK

In 2014, the first year of the Excellence in Action Awards, the Innovation Academy for Engineering, Environmental, and Marine Science at Foy H. Moody High School in Corpus Christi, Texas won in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Career Cluster®.  

The program serves a diverse student body with learners being selected for the program after expressing their interest and being chosen based on a lottery system that isn’t tied to academic achievement. Once enrolled, learners have opportunities to participate in hands-on learning, advanced placement, and dual enrollment courses.

Hear from learners and the principal of Moody High School in this recent news segment celebrating their high enrollment numbers with nearly 300 learners accepted into their academy programs.

Watch the video here.

Learn more about the Innovation Academy for Engineering, Environmental, and Marine Science here.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Career Technical Education (CTE) was once known as vocational education and viewed as an alternative educational option for learners who were considered non-college bound. Now, there are high-quality CTE programs available to educate learners. A new report, The Evolution of Career and Technical Education: 1982–2013 from the American Enterprise Institute shares how courses and learners enrolled in CTE programs of study have changed over the past few decades. Included in the research is a look at the success outcomes according to the concentrator. The terms used in this report to categorize concentrators were “new-era” and “traditional vocational”.

The report recommends that policymakers take a closer look at the data to ensure programs are being promoted to the learners who need these opportunities the most. Key findings include the following:

  • Over the past several decades, CTE has progressed away from the stigma and stereotype of “voc-ed” as an academic dead end. However, the transformation from vocational education to CTE may have hidden, rather than solved, the durable challenges of vocational education.
  • Over 30 years, the percentage of graduates concentrating in “Traditional Vocational” occupational areas—such as manufacturing or agriculture—has fallen, while the percentage concentrating in “New Era” areas—such as computer science and health care—has grown dramatically.
  • Across many measures, including school engagement, academic performance, and college attendance, New Era CTE concentrators consistently show no measurable differences from average graduates, while Traditional Vocational CTE concentrators consistently fall below average.
  • New Era concentrators’ growth and relatively higher outcomes have had an outsized influence on CTE concentrators’ average outcomes, suggesting average improvements may be driven by compositional rather than programmatic effects.
  • For CTE to be successful, leaders (especially those currently developing state plans) must ask themselves not just whether CTE programs are producing adequate outcomes, but also whether CTE systems target the students who need them the most.

For a quick overview check out this video: https://youtu.be/gpWIRfN25hM

Read the full report here.

You can also read our full blog on this report here.

THIS WEEK IN CTE

May 10th, 2019

Happy Teacher Appreciation and National Nurses Week!

TWEET OF THE WEEK

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

House Appropriations Committee Marks Up Spending Bill for Education, Labor Programs

On Wednesday, May 8, the House Committee on Appropriations marked up the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Education) appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20), which begins October 1, 2019. The bill moved ahead on a 30-23 party line vote.

The Committee accepted an amendment by Chairwoman of the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. DeLauro (D-CT). The amendment adds $103 million to the overall spending amount for the bill. Advance CTE was pleased to see that this allowed for an additional $10 million to be allocated to CTE State Grants, also known as Perkins Basic State Grants- leading to a total increase of $47 million over the amount provided by Congress for FY19.

It is important to note that this markup is an early step in the process to determine the amount of funding Congress will allocate to the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor for FY20. The Senate Appropriations Committee has not yet released their FY20 funding bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. In addition, Congress must agree on the overall levels of spending for defense and non-defense discretionary spending before determining final allocations for the FY20 appropriations bills and associated programs. Advance CTE will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK

The healthcare industry is one of the tops fields with the hardest-to-fill jobs! As we celebrate nurses week, consider the importance of high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) programs focused on the healthcare field that are providing opportunities for learners to gain real-world skills while in high school. This foundation is helpful for learners desiring to further their education after high school or to go directly into the workforce.

Watch this video from the Idaho Career & Technical Education featuring Brian Whitlock, CEO/President of Idaho Hospital Association, and Brittney Guinn, a nursing student at Idaho State University as they discuss the labor market demand for nurses and healthcare professionals in Idaho. Expanding these programs that create opportunities for learners to gain the technical skills needed in this industry can help fill the current gap.

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/LRbecQECX-0

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK


As the conversation about jobs of the future continues to gain media attention it’s a good time to discuss career exploration with younger learners. The earlier they begin to explore and learn about these career options the more likely they will be able to make informed decisions about a meaningful career in the future. A good place to start is with the new Scholastic lessons and interactive activities geared toward helping middle school learners build awareness about careers and apprenticeships. The resources provided can be used by educators or parents.

Download the materials here.

THIS WEEK IN CTE

May 3rd, 2019

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House Appropriations Subcommittee Marks Up Spending Bill for Education, Labor Programs

On Tuesday, April 30, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies marked up their appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2020, which begins October 1, 2019. The bill passed out of the subcommittee on a voice vote.

Overall, the bill included a six percent increase for federal education programs and a 10 percent increase for labor programs above the amounts Congress allocated in Fiscal Year 2019. The bill proposed a disappointing increase of $37 million, or less than three percent, for Career Technical Education (CTE) State Grants, also known as Perkins Basic State Grants.

The bill includes some notable increases for key education and workforce programs:

  • 13 percent increase for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants authorized under Title IV-A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA);
  • 24 percent increase for Title II Supporting Effective Instruction Grants authorized under ESSA;
  • 27 percent increase for Federal Work Study;
  • 9 percent increase for Federal TRIO programs;
  • $150 increase in the maximum award for Pell grants; and
  • 56 percent increase for Apprenticeship grants

Read our blog post to learn more.

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National Technical Honor Society in Flat Rock, Arizona, seeks an Executive Director

The National Technical Honor Society currently serves approximately 100,000 active members and has had nearly one million members since its inception in 1984. The Executive Director assumes a leadership role throughout CTE in partnering with collaborating businesses, other nonprofits, and supporters. The Executive Director works with the board and Executive Committee to establish vision, policies, strategic focus, priorities, and general scope of operations and services NTHS will deliver.

Learn more here.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Learn about Harmony Magnet Academy, Academy of Engineering program in California. This 2017 Excellence in Action award winner in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Career Cluster® serves predominantly low-income and minority students in a rural setting and pairs rigorous coursework with meaningful work-based learning experiences in the engineering sector. Hear from employers, instructors, and learners in this video.

Read about this program here.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

A new report, How Aligned is Career and Technical Education to Local Labor Markets?, developed by The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, examines whether learners in high school CTE programs are more likely to take courses in high-demand and/or high-wage industries, both nationally and locally.

By linking CTE course-taking data from the High School Longitudinal Survey to employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the study seeks to answer three research questions:

  1. To what extent do national CTE course-taking patterns at the high school level reflect the current distribution of jobs across fields and industries?
  2. To what extent is CTE course-taking in high school linked to local employment and to industry wages, as evidenced in ten metro areas across the country?
  3. How do patterns of CTE course-taking differ by student race and gender?

Findings include the following:

  • Many fields that support a significant number of U.S. jobs see little CTE course-taking in high school.
  • In most fields, learners are more likely to take related CTE courses when there are more local jobs.
  • In most fields, students take fewer CTE courses when local wages are higher.
  • National CTE course-taking patterns differ significantly by race and gender, but all student groups exhibit similar responses to local labor market demand.

In addition to a more detailed look at these findings, the study also includes descriptive profiles of ten metropolitan areas. Read the report here.

Watch the webinar here, and a reaction from Kate Kreamer, Deputy Executive Director of Advance CTE in Education Week’s article here.

This Week in CTE

April 26th, 2019

TWEET OF THE WEEK

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

We know that Career Technical Education (CTE) delivers for each learner. Sharing and promoting high-quality CTE is important to make the case to learners and families. Social media can be used as a communication strategy and tool to advocate for CTE. One example of the effective use of social media is the Arkansas Career and Technical Education and its annual social media campaign contest. Learners participated by creating campaigns that were submitted to be judged. They also gave presentations on their work. Winners were announced by Craig O’Neill, an Anchor for THV 11 News in Little Rock, Arkansas. This work was done as part of Advance CTE’s grant, Strategies to Attract Students to High-quality CTE, funded by the Siemens Foundation.

Watch the video here.

For more tips on using social media, read the social media guide here.

RESOURCES OF THE WEEK

Below are resources take a deeper look into the approved Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plans:

  • The National Urban League has reviewed the ESSA State Plans in the 36 states and the District of Columbia where they have affiliates. The purpose of this review is to determine the likelihood of the plans to advance equity and excellence for learners. The goal is to highlight promising practices as well as missed opportunities to advance equity in ways in which states can improve as they implement ESSA. Read the report here.
  • The Data Quality Campaign has updated its annual review of state K-12 report cards. For the first time, these cards also include how states are reporting out the information required by ESSA. Learn more here.

This Week in CTE

April 19th, 2019

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National Excellence in Action Award Recognizes Eight Exceptional Career Technical Education Programs of Study

Eight Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study received the 2019 Excellence in Action award from Advance CTE. Hailing from seven states, these programs represent the best of CTE, with each providing clear pathways into college and careers, rigorous academic and technical coursework, strong industry partnerships, and effective work-based learning experiences that offer opportunities for career exploration and subject-matter mastery

Learn more about each winner here.

Check out the Excellence in Action Award Recipients in the news:

Perkins V Innovation and Modernization Grant Now Accepting Applications

On April 15, applications became available for the Perkins Innovation and Modernization Grant Program to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale evidence-based, field-initiated innovations that modernize CTE, increase program effectiveness and alignment, and improve student outcomes. Over $2 million in total are available for this grant, and up to six grants will be awarded to scale evidence-based innovative programs that lead to better student outcomes and program effectiveness.

A webinar will be held by the U.S. Department of Education on April 25 to provide additional information. Read more about this opportunity here.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK

A high-quality program of study should include opportunities for learners to learn real-world skill through hands-on, work-based learning experiences such as apprenticeships. In this video, hear from 2019 Excellence in Action Award recipient Nels Lawrence of the Kaukauna Manufacturing program of study in Wisconsin. Get an inside look at the state-of-the-art machine shop equipment that uses industry-standard, computer-aided design software such as SolidWorks and AUTOCAD. The manufacturing industry has evolved to include more advanced technical skills and these learners are receiving the hands-on learning they need to be competitive in this career field.

Watch the video here.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Grace’s Path to Success Infographic

The Data Quality Campaign released a new infographic that shows how access to data can help learners and families navigate the many choices along the education and workforce journey. The infographic follows one student, Grace, as she uses data to make important decisions that help her reach her goals. Read more about what can be achieved when learners and their families have data throughout their journey and the steps state leaders can take to help make this happen in their communities. Learn more and download the infographic here.

This Week in CTE

March 8th, 2019

Happy International Women’s Day

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

A new coalition called Level Up launched today in Washington, DC. This collaborative of local, state, and national partners is committed to significantly increasing the number of high school learners prepared for and successfully transitioning to postsecondary education and training programs. Level Up will support state and local K-12 and higher education leaders in jointly developing and executing a postsecondary transition strategy to measurably increase the preparation and success of all learners, with an explicit focus on students of color, first generation learners, and those from low-income families

Learn more about how they will #LevelUpforStudents at www.levelupcoalition.org. Watch the launch event video here

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

A high quality program of study should include opportunities for learners to gain real-world skills through hands-on, work-based learning experiences such as internships. In this video, Macie Lynch, takes you with her to see what it’s like to be an intern at Hewlett-Packard (HP).

Want to see some of the most powerful, popular and fun International Women’s Day videos from around the world over the years? Check them out here.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Today a new report, Taking Alignment to the Next Level: How K-12 and Higher Education Can Collaborate to Support Student Success, was released today by the Level Up Coalition; a collaborative of local, state, and national partners committed to significantly increasing the number of high school students prepared for and successfully transitioning to postsecondary education and training programs.

The report seeks to highlight the individuals, groups, schools, or regions across the country that have been successful in increasing the number of high school learners prepared for and successfully transitioning to postsecondary education and career training programs. This brief also provides high impact strategies to develop and scale solutions that can strengthen collaboration and alignment between the workforce, K–12, and higher education communities.

Read the full-report here: https://levelupcoalition.org/resource/taking-alignment-to-the-next-level/

Nicole Howard, Communications Associate

This Week in CTE

February 1st, 2019

Happy CTE Month!


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Happy Career Technical Education Month!

Today is the start of the national campaign that takes place each February to celebrate Career Technical Education (CTE)across the country. It’s a time to share success stories, program highlights and raise awareness of the importance of access to high-quality CTE programs of study for each learner.

Learn more about how you can celebrate here.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

An important part of CTE Month is hearing and elevating the voice of the learner. In this video, learners from South Bend James Whitcomb Riley High School in Indiana share the experiences they’ve had in the Audio and Video Production classes.

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/tquINPxRc8k

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

A new report,  Let’s Get to Work: Learning From Success in Career and Technical Education, by Chiefs for Change, seeks to help state and district leaders throughout the country improve how learners are served through practical, actionable strategies and policies to strengthen CTE. This report focuses particularly on progress in improving CTE programs in Tennessee, Nevada, Denver and San Antonio.

The report includes the following key recommendations for states and districts:

  • Build a truly seamless transition for all students into postsecondary education and career training;
  • Improve the quality and rigor of CTE pathways and courses;
  • Expand work-based learning, such as internships and apprenticeships;
  • Expand and improve support for students and families; and
  • Ensure equity for all students.

Read the full report here: http://chiefsforchange.org/policy-paper/6720/

 

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