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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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$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

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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

This Week in CTE

August 31st, 2018

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

Recently, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced more than $90 million in grants toward the Networks for School Improvement, groups of middle and high schools from around the country. The networks will be groups of schools to work directly with supporting organizations such as nonprofits, districts, charter management organizations, universities, or community-based organizations. They will work together to address barriers to student success. Overtime they will use data to assess their efforts. Learn more here.

 

 

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Mississippi Construction Education Foundation Launches Statewide Awareness Campaign

We know that despite the many benefits of high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) there are challenges with changing outdated perceptions of CTE programs. The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation understands this barrier to attracting learners to theses programs and is launching a statewide awareness campaign to help solve this problem.

In Mississippi there is a need for nearly 80,000 craft professionals in the construction and manufacturing industry. The initiative, called Trade Up will focus on learners seeking hands-on training and high-skill, high-wage and in-demand career opportunities that do not require a four-year college degree. The initiative is also focused on educating parents.

Watch this video to learn more.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Report: Taking the Long View: State Efforts to Solve Teacher Shortages by Strengthening the Profession

According to the report, states identified shortages of teachers in mathematics, special education, science, world languages, career and technical education, and teachers of English learners. The cause of these shortages include declining enrollments in teacher education. It also notes that teachers leave the profession for reasons such as a lack of adequate preparation and mentoring, pressures of test-based accountability, lack of administrative supports, low salaries, and poor teaching conditions.

This report focuses on six evidence-based policies that states are pursuing to address these shortages and how they are investing funding to create long-term solutions. These policies are:
• Service scholarships and loan forgiveness for teacher education
• High-retention pathways into teaching such as teacher residencies
• Mentoring and induction for new teachers
• Developing high-quality school principals
• Competitive compensation
• Recruitment strategies to expand the pool of qualified educators

States are looking to create a stable teaching profession for the future. The report notes specific programming and investments states are making to address this issue. Highlighted states include North Carolina, Nebraska, Indiana, Nevada, Iowa, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Mississippi, Colorado and more. The resources used for the report include submitted and approved Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plans, reviews of recent, relevant state legislation; publicly available program documents; and administrative data.

Read the full report here.

Nicole Howard, Communications Associate

This Week in CTE

August 24th, 2018

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

Senate Advances FY19 Appropriations Bill that Includes Key Education and Workforce Programs

On August 23, the Senate voted 85-7 to pass their FY19 Defense and Labor, Health and human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bills together (often called a “minibus”). Overall, the bill included a $541 million increase (over the FY18 level) for the U.S. Department of Education and level-funding (at the FY18 level) for the U.S. Department of Labor. Read more here.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Family Maker’s Space Program 

“Our space is your space. To explore, laugh, learn with the people you love and see what you can create.”

We know technology is a major part of our lives and can be a barrier to success if learners and their families do not have access to the tools they need. Deb Harding and Tara Hardman co-run the Family MakerSpace at STEM Launch K-8, an Adams 12 school located in Thornton, Colorado. The mission is to provide a community space for learners and families to explore engineering and provide equitable access to technology. The tools and programs available include circuit boards, app development software and 3D printers. Learners focus on being innovative and share their knowledge with their families. Incorporating family helps learners feel more comfortable in the space and they can teach them new things about technology. Watch this video to learn more.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Report: Rocky Mountain Divide: Lifting Latinos and Closing Equity Gaps in Colorado

According to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (Georgetown Center), only 19 percent of Latino learners who enrolled in a Colorado public college earn a bachelor’s degree compared to 39 percent of Whites. The report is focusing on this population because it is the fast growing racial and ethnic group in the state. The report includes policy recommendation that are centered around creating a system of that recognizes that high school, college, and careers are interconnected so high school to college and careers needs to include academic and experiential learning.

Policy Recommendations include:

  • Integrate career exploration and preparation in the advising process.
  • Build stronger pathways that lead from certificate programs to associate and bachelor’s degree programs so that Latinos can continue to improve their employability as well as their earnings.

Key findings include:

  • Approximately 42 percent of Latino Colorado high school graduates immediately enroll in college compared to 63 percent of Whites.
  • About 31 percent of Latinos complete a postsecondary credential within five years of college enrollment compared to 49 percent of Whites.
  • Whites (21 percent) are more likely to have a good job that pays $35,000 or more per year compared to Latinos (15 percent).

Read the full report here.

This Week in CTE

August 10th, 2018

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U.S. Department of Labor Releases Notice on Industry-Recognized Apprenticeships

The Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion wrapped up its work and submitted its final report in May, which included recommendations around industry-recognized apprenticeship programs. Read more of the news this week from the Administration, the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor and Congress related to Career Technical Education (CTE) on our blog. To make sure you get the latest news and resources about federal policy that impacts Career Technical Education (CTE), sign up for our Legislative Updates!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Watch the first episode of the video series This Is CareerTech from the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. This ten episode series gives your a behind-the-scenes look at Career Technical Education in Oklahoma.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Ensuring Career Pathway Quality: A Guide to Pathway Intervention

This guide from Advance CTE, as part of the New Skills for Youth initiative, outlines the different types of intervention needed for pathways, and explores the steps leaders should take when making decisions to transform or phase out pathways that do not have labor market relevance. Read the guide here.

This Week in CTE

August 3rd, 2018

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ACTE, Advance CTE Statement Upon Signing of Perkins CTE Reauthorization

President Trump signed H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), which reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins). Advance CTE and ACTE released a joint press statement after the President signed H.R. 2353 into law. You can also find additional resources on our Federal Policy section on our website. To make sure you get the latest news and resources about federal policy that impacts Career Technical Education (CTE), sign up for our Legislative Updates!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Learn how Career Technical Education prepares learners for their futures while closing the skills gap for employers across the country. Watch the video here.

 

 

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK 

Driving Quality in Postsecondary CTE: Approval and Evaluation Policies

Postsecondary education is more important than ever, with the majority of family-sustaining careers requiring some education post high school. Learn how states ensure postsecondary programs are quality and preparing learners for future success. This report examines examples of the role states can play in ensuring postsecondary CTE program quality in California, Florida and Wisconsin. Read the report here.

 

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