This Week in CTE

December 14th, 2018

TWEET OF THE WEEK

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

Trump Administration Releases Strategy to Bolster STEM Education in the U.S.

On December 4, the Committee on STEM Education of the National Science and Technology Council released Charting a Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education. This report that outlines the Trump administration’s five-year strategy to increase access to high-quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and to ensure the United States is a global leader in STEM literacy, innovation and employment. Read more legislative updates on our blog here.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

What is Dual Enrollment?

Watch this video for a brief overview of what makes a high-quality dual enrollment program. You will learn how participation in these programs has grown over time and the present challenge to close access gaps.

Watch the video here. https://youtu.be/-3bXnkHeddg

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

What Happens to Students Who Take Community College “Dual Enrollment” Courses in High School?

In the fall of 2010, the 15 percent of learners enrolled in community college were high school dual enrollment learners. In a new report, the Community College Research Center-Teachers College, at Columbia University in New York, examines who enrolls in community college dual enrollment courses and what happens to them after high school. The research findings are based on longitudinal data of more than 200,000 high school learners who first took a community college course in fall 2010 for six years, through to the summer of 2016.

Findings:

  • Nearly two thirds of community college dual enrollment learners nationally were from low- or middle-income families;
  • Nearly half of former community college dual enrollment learners first attended a community college immediately after high school, and 84 percent of those learners re-enrolled at the college where they had taken dual enrollment courses;  
  • Forty-one percent of former dual enrollment learners went to a four-year college after high school; and  
  • Forty-six percent earned a college credential within five years. Among former dual enrollment learners who started at a four-year college after high school, 64 percent completed a college credential within five years.
    • In terms of equity, there were states with achievement gaps between lower and higher income dual enrollment learners who entered a four-year college after high school. Twenty-three states had gaps of 10 or more percentage points.

Read the full report here: https://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/media/k2/attachments/what-happens-community-college-dual-enrollment-students.pdf

This Week in CTE

November 30th, 2018

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The U.S. Department of Education has approved plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for all states and territories. They have also released guidance for new state leaders who want to amend their state ESSA plans. According to the guidance, states will need to submit an update with redlined language and a cover letter summarizing any changes. New plans will need to be submitted by March 1, 2019 to be considered.

With plans approved, reports are being published with a focus on how equity is being addressed in these state plans including the progress being made towards implementation. Read our blog to learn more about those reports.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK

The Every Student Succeeds Act: What is in it? What does it mean for equity?

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, originally passed in 1965, was reauthorized by Congress in December 2015 and renamed the Every Student Succeeds Act Watch this video to get a brief overview of the meaningful levers that education leaders, parents, members of the business and civil rights communities, and advocates can use to advance education equity.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Seizing the Moment: A District Guide to Advance Equity Through ESSA

The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program, Chiefs for Change, EducationCounsel, and Education First partnered to create Seizing the Moment: A District Guide to Advance Equity Through ESSA. This package of tools identifies potential barriers to equity and opportunities to utilize federal funds to strengthen local equity priorities. The purpose is to provide ways ESSA can be used to break down silos between traditional federal programs and local initiatives to advance equity in education. This framework provides an accompanying brief for each of the following: equity priorities:

  1. Leveraging School Improvement to Advance Equity
  2. Ensuring Equitable Funding
  3. Increasing Access to Effective Teachers and Leaders
  4. Supporting English Learners
  5. Increasing Access to Advanced Coursework
  6. Addressing Disproportionate Discipline Practices
  7. Integrating Social, Emotional, and Academic Development
  8. Improving Access to High-Quality Instructional Materials

Learn more about this tool here.

Nicole Howard, Communications Associate

Happy National Apprenticeship Week!

November 16th, 2018

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

2018 Election Update: U.S. House of Representatives Flips to Democratic Majority, and Republicans Retain Senate Majority

Career readiness was a pillar for many candidates’ education platforms in the 2018 midterm election. A number of changes in leadership are on the horizon as the U.S. House of Representatives Flips to Democratic Majority. Two of the four Senate Career Technical Education Caucus Co-Chairs, Sen. Kaine (D-VA) and Sen. Baldwin (D-WI), were up for reelection and both won their races. In Saginaw County, Michigan voters approved a new tax to invest in Career Technical Education (CTE). Read our blog to learn more.

To make sure you get the latest news and resources about federal policy that affects CTE, sign up for our Legislative Updates!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Are you curious about what a registered apprenticeship entails? Learn the basics with these quick animation videos. In less than five minutes viewers will understand what a registered apprenticeship is,   an understanding of employers expectations and the benefits of completing an apprenticeship program. Employers will come away with an understanding of the benefits of investing in creating a program to meet their talent needs.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Definition and Principles for Exampanding Quality Apprenticeship in the U.S.

The Apprenticeship Forward Collaborative is a network of national organizations committed to expanding American apprenticeship through research, public engagement and on-the-ground innovation. The Collaborative released a new resource, Definition and Principles for Expanding Quality Apprenticeship in the U.S. This new resource includes a  definition for quality apprenticeship and a set of shared principles to guide future expansion efforts by the administration and Congress.  Learn more here.

Nicole Howard, Communications Associate

This Week in CTE

November 2nd, 2018

TWEET OF THE WEEK

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

U.S. Departments of Education and Labor Award STEM, Apprenticeship Grants

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement awarded over $100 million in grants in the last month through the Education Innovation and Research grant program. Eleven of the 18 awards focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in some way. Read our blog to learn more http://blog.careertech.org/?p=14802.

To make sure you get the latest news and resources about federal policy that affects Career Technical Education (CTE), sign up for our Legislative Updates!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

CTE: Pathways to College and Careers

Employers, learners, and teachers share how CTE helps students apply what they learn in the classroom to solve real-world problems through project-based learning. Learners and instructors explain how CTE increases engagement and gives them a leg up on finding their career interests. In the Advance CTE Value and Promise of Career Technical Education national survey, 91 percent of parents and learners in CTE believe their child is getting a leg up on their career compared to only 44 percent of prospective parents. Max Pence, Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, talks about how the introductions to business and industry in high school helped him visualize his future college major and create a plan for a career in accounting.

Watch the video to learn more.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

New Skills for Youth Phase Two Evaluation

New Skills for Youth (NSFY) is supporting career pathways development in 10 states to prepare young people for high-skill, high-demand careers. With funding from JPMorgan Chase, the states’ NSFY work builds on a prior six-month planning and initial implementation phase and pathways and career readiness initiatives and activities predating NSFY. This report documents state activities and progress within the first 18 months of implementation of Phase Two, during which states refined plans, solidified the engagement and responsibilities of participating agencies and stakeholders, and initiated pathways development in accordance with the initiative’s objectives. Although it is premature to assess the long-term impact of this work, this report highlights key achievements to date and notes emerging cross-state themes. Read the full report here

This Week in CTE

October 19th, 2018

TWEET OF THE WEEK

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

Advance CTE Excellence in Action Award Applications are Open!

Advance CTE’s annual Excellence in Action award recognizes and honors superior Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study from across the nation. Selected programs of study will exemplify excellence in the implementation of the Career ClustersⓇ, show a true progression from secondary to postsecondary education, provide meaningful work-based learning opportunities and have a substantial and evidence-based impact on student achievement and success.

Do you think you have one of the best CTE programs of study in the nation? Apply for the 2019 Excellence in Action award to showcase the amazing work of learners, instructors and faculty at the national level. Be sure to submit the application before the deadline of November 21, 2018 at 5 p.m. ET.

Want to learn more? Register for Insights into the 2019 Excellence in Action Award Webinar taking place on  November 1 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart Explores World of Work at Cajon Valley Union School District

Watch this video to get a glimpse into how the Cajon Valley Union School District is sharing the World of Work with learners from elementary to middle school. The Cajon Valley Union School District offers 54 career exploration experiences for learners between kindergarten and eighth grade. The district is connecting industry to education through technology such as work-based learning resources and video chats with industry professionals. The district is working to help learners identify their strengths and interests and encourage the community to open their doors to create meaningful partnerships with the schools.

Read the full article to learn more.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Three Educational Pathways to Good Jobs: High School, Middle Skills, and Bachelor’s Degree

A recent report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce titled, Three Educational Pathways to Good Jobs: High School, Middle Skills, and Bachelor’s Degree explores the pathways to ‘good jobs’ defined as as one that pays at least $35,000 for workers 25-44 and at least $45,000 for workers 45-64.  The research finds that in 1991, there were 15 million good careers requiring a high school diploma, 12 million good middle-skills jobs, and 18 million good careers requiring a bachelor’s degree. By 2016, careers requiring only a high school diploma decreased to 13 million good jobs, middle-skills careers  grew to 16 million, and those careers requiring a bachelor’s degree doubled to 36 million. Other key findings include:

  • Twenty percent of workers with good jobs have no more education than a high school diploma and on-the-job training;
  • More than 20 million new good jobs were created in skilled-services industries while the net number of good jobs in blue-collar industries slightly declined;
  • Skilled-services industries accounted for 77 percent of good job growth for workers with middle skills; and
  • Blue-collar industries added 800,000 good jobs on the middle-skills pathway and 500,000 good jobs for workers with  bachelor’s degree or higher.

Learn more by reading the full report here: https://cew.georgetown.edu/cew-reports/3pathways/

Nicole Howard, Communications Associate

This Week in CTE

October 12th, 2018

TWEET OF THE WEEK

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

A new initiative is launching this month in Washington, D.C. The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) is a multi-year, collaborative initiative that will support the success of efforts in states and cities to expand access to high-quality apprenticeship opportunities for learners in high school. One area of focus for this work will be improving public understanding and awareness of high-quality American youth apprenticeship. To learn more visit their website here.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Worcester Technical High School learners and instructors were featured on CBS This Morning’s education series – Schools Matters. The video takes you into the spaces where learners are gaining real-world, hands-on experiences. The school offers 22 Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study that prepare learners for postsecondary education and the workforce. Worcester Technical High School’s success is evident in the numbers. It has a 99.1 percent graduation rate compared to the national average of 84 percent. Eighty six percent of graduates go on to pursue a college education. See how learners in this school are using their real-world experiences to give back to the community and prepare for their future.

Watch the video here.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Report: STEM4: The Power of Collaboration for Change

Equity gaps in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) preparedness and access persist among underserved populations. According to the research noted in STEM4: The Power of Collaboration for Change, predominantly minority high schools are less likely to offer math and science classes, especially at advanced levels This report from Advance CTE, the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics, the Council of State Science Supervisors, and the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association offers recommendations to increase access to and equity in STEM preparedness. Learn more here.

This Week in CTE

October 5th, 2018

TWEET OF THE WEEK

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

As we reported, the Senate voted 93-7 on September 18 to advance an FY19 appropriations package that includes the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education appropriations bill ,which includes key investments in education and workforce programs. On September 26, the House voted to approve that package (361-61) and the President signed it on September 28. This bill includes a $70 million increase in the federal investment in Perkins Basic State Grants. Read our blog to learn more.

To make sure you get the latest news and resources about federal policy that affects Career Technical Education (CTE), sign up for our Legislative Updates!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

On-the-Job in a Most Unique Way

The Papillion La Vista Community Schools (PLCS) academies provide learners with real-world, hands-on learning experiences. The PLCS academies include work-based learning opportunities where learners are working with professionals outside of the classroom. In this video, hear from Papillion-La Vista Zoo Academy students and instructors, and the staff of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo where two days a week learners participate in  work-based learning. The curriculum includes studying a Zoology textbook that is used in universities and conducting research that incorporates core subjects. Watch the video to learn more: 

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Report: Credential Currency: How States Can Identify and Promote Credentials of Value

There are more than 4,000 credentialing bodies nationwide that offer thousands of different industry-recognized credentials across sectors, making it difficult for states that have encouraged the growth of industry-recognized credentials to determine which ones to prioritize to scale attainment. This report from Education Strategy Group, Advance CTE and Council of Chief State School Officers provides a roadmap for how states can identify which credentials have labor market value and approaches to improve credential attainment and reporting. This report covers common barriers, recommended strategies and opportunities to advance learner attainment of industry recognized credentials with marketplace value.

Learn more here.

This Week in CTE

September 21st, 2018

TWEET OF THE WEEK

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

Senate Votes 93-7 to Advance FY19 Appropriations Bill

On September 18, the Senate voted 93-7 to approve the FY 19 Appropriations Bill, as well as a continuing resolution that would run through December 7 to extend current funding levels for other government agencies without final appropriations bills in place by October 1. The bill heads to House for a vote next week and if passed, will go to the President for his signature. Read our blog to learn more.

To make sure you get the latest news and resources about federal policy that affects Career Technical Education (CTE), sign up for our Legislative Updates!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Why Does Idaho Power Invest in Registered Apprenticeship

The Idaho Power registered apprenticeship program employees have a higher retention rate than their overall workforce. This video, developed by Idaho Career & Technical Education,  provides an overview of the elements of an apprenticeship program, the benefits for the employer and the learner. Watch this video to learn more.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Report: Building Better Degrees Using Industry Certifications

CTE programs of study provide learners with a variety of opportunities including earning industry-recognized credentials and participating in meaningful work-based learning experiences. Certifications are a way to demonstrate to an employer that the learner has accomplished a level of understanding and skill. In a recent report, Building Better Degrees Using Industry Certifications, New America conducted research as a follow-up to a 2016 national survey of institutions. This report is a deep dive into how certifications are being included in degree programs. It explores the challenges and successes, and recommendations based on their findings. They report that adults with a degree and at least one industry certification earn nearly 40 percent more than those with the same degree but no certification.

Learn more about this report here.

Nicole Howard, Communications Associate 

This Week in CTE

September 14th, 2018

TWEET OF THE WEEK

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

$70 Million Proposed Increase for Career Technical Education

Last week, a conference committee comprised of members of both the House and Senate was formed to negotiate the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) final appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Education). As we reported, the Senate passed their FY19 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill on August 23. The conference committee has released final bill text with a proposed $70 million increase for Career Technical Education (CTE).  The bill has to be voted on by both the Senate and the House and then the President must sign it for it to go into effect.

To make sure you get the latest news and resources about federal policy that affects Career Technical Education (CTE), sign up for our Legislative Updates!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

CareerTech Delivers – Conversations with Dr. Marcie Mack

Dr. Marcie Mack, the State CTE Director of Oklahoma talks with Jennifer Moines, the Executive Director of Oklahoma Achieves about the importance of creating CTE classroom instruction that emulates the workforce this includes qualified instructors.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Data Matters: Using Chronic Absence to Accelerate Action for Student Success by Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center

According to the latest federal chronic absence data nearly 8 million students in the nation were chronically absent in the 2015-16 school year. The definition of chronic absence refers to missing 15 or more days each year. Along with a report an interactive data map was developed by The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution. It provides you with the ability to explore chronic absence rates at the school, district and state level.

Key Findings Include:

  • Chronic absence levels are much higher, regardless of locale, in schools where a majority (75 percent or more) of students live in poverty.
  • Chronic absence disproportionately affects special populations such as Native American, Hispanic, African-American, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander learners.
  • 15 percent of students are chronically absent.

Recommendations for State Departments of Education:

  • Develop and implement a state plan to reduce chronic absence.
  • Use chronic absence data as a factor in determining the allocation of related grant funding and technical assistance, as well as in conjunction with other performance indicators in order to identify broader issues.
  • Ensure that school report cards are easy to understand.

Learn more here.

Nicole Howard, Communications Associate 

This Week in CTE

September 7th, 2018

TWEET OF THE WEEK

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Colorado Career & Technical Education

“The soft skills that I developed through participating in CTE have helped make me feel confident in whatever challenge lies ahead of me because I know I have the skillset behind me to pave my way forward.” – EB Bollendock, Project Coordinator, Syncroness, CTE Alum

Watch this video and hear why students, instructors, and business leaders value career technical education in Colorado.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

The Board of Regents unanimously passed the Nevada Foster Care Fee Waiver initiative

This initiative allows students who have aged out of the foster care system to register for credits without registration fees. It will begin in January and include a mentorship program for participants. Nevada is the 29th state to implement a foster care waiver.

Read more here.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Report: Apprenticeship and the Future of Nursing – An Equity-Based Strategy to Address the Bachelor’s Degree Gap

Registered nurses have grown to nearly three million workers in the U.S. today and healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries. However, the report notes that one-third of registered nurses do not have a bachelor’s degree. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine proclaimed a goal of having 80 percent of RNs with a bachelor’s degree by 2020. This report focuses on an apprenticeship program that is working to remove the barriers that prevent nurses from going back to school to pursue their bachelor’s degree. One barrier is being able to take classes and work full-time. Another barrier is the cost of tuition.

This report is offering apprenticeship programs focuses on the Fairview Health Services partnership with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) Registered Apprenticeship program for nurses seeking to earn bachelor’s degrees. Benefits of this program include being employed throughout the program and being given time from work to attend classes.

One point made in the report is these programs help to create equity and that employer tuition reimbursement is not enough of a strategy to close attainment gaps.

The recommendations provided to increase high-quality nursing apprenticeships offered include:

  • Convene key stakeholders to discuss registered aprenticeships,
  • Create targeted grant programs,
  • Partner with institutions of higher education to ensure quality and drive down tuition

Read the full report here.

Nicole Howard, Communciations Associate

 

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