This Week in CTE

August 2nd, 2019

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Congress Reaches Budget Deal

On Thursday, the Senate passed a $2.7 trillion budget agreement in a 67-28 vote. Through this agreement, the non-defense discretionary funding cap for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 will increase by $27 billion and defense spending will increase by $22 billion. Each of those levels will go up by $2.5 billion in FY21. 

This follows last week’s budgetary movement when Congressional and Administration leaders worked together on an agreement to raise spending levels for FY20 and FY21, as well as suspend the debt ceiling. The House then passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (H.R. 3877), a budget deal that raises the caps on defense and non-defense discretionary funding for FY20 and FY21 and suspends the debt limit through July 31, 2021. 

Now, Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Richard Shelby (R-AL) will determine the division of funds between the 12 government funding bills, and the Committee will prepare each of the 12 funding bills to be voted on following August recess before government funding runs out on September 30.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Advance CTE’s Kate Kreamer on the Purpose and Definition of CTE

Fordham Institute brought together a panel of CTE experts to discuss, Is Career and Technical Education Having an Identity Crisis? Kate Kreamer the Deputy Executive Director of Advance CTE contributed her thoughts explaining how CTE has evolved. Watch this video clip to hear her response. 

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/MVY280XzAcI

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Stakeholders and Perkins V: Meaningful Engagement for Student Success

Similar to Perkins IV, Perkins V maintains the requirement that the state plan is developed in consultation with a number of entities and in some cases, identifies when this consultation must occur and for what purpose. In addition, Perkins V introduces some new stakeholder engagement and public comment requirements. This guide from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) contains specific strategies on how best to connect with, speak to and learn from stakeholders with a unique perspective. This tool provides detailed guidance on stakeholder engagement strategies; state examples of potential strategies; stakeholder-specific tactics; planning templates and tools; a breakdown of stakeholders with whom states are required to engage under different provisions of Perkins V; and lists of additional stakeholder engagement resources.

Read the full guide here.

This Week in CTE

July 26th, 2019

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House Holds Hearing on International Apprenticeship Models

The House Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee held a hearing on “Scaling Up Apprenticeships: Building on the Success of International Apprenticeship Models.”

In their opening remarks, both Subcommittee Chair Susan Davis (D-CA) and Ranking Member Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) discussed the need for innovative apprenticeship models that provide students with academic skills and work-based learning experience. Witnesses shared apprenticeship models in Australia, Germany and Switzerland. 

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Teacher Recruitment and Retention

The U.S. Department of Education Teacher Shortage survey data tool reveals that 31 states are currently identifying a critical shortage of Career Technical Education educators. Check out the most recent video on teacher recruitment and retention here. It features two organizations who are conducting groundbreaking work around teacher recruitment, retention, and professional development in CTE.  Use the information to spark ideas in the context of your Perkins V state plan.

You can access the video discussion guide here.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Practitioner Perspectives On Equity In Career And Technical Education 

MDRC Center for Effective Career and Technical Education released a new brief on equity titled Practitioner Perspectives On Equity In Career And Technical Education. In the spring of 2019, MDRC invited practitioners from innovative CTE programs to discuss questions of equity. This policy brief summarizes the most common equity challenges that were raised in the discussion, along with ideas that emerged for how to address them. It concludes with a discussion of how research can help practitioners address equity, and how policymakers can support equitable delivery and outcomes.

Read the brief here

This Week in CTE

July 19th, 2019

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CEF Visits 41 Congressional Offices to Advocate for Education Funding 

CEF, of which Advance CTE is on the Board of Directors, held its annual Hill Day on July 17. CEF members spanning the education continuum met with a collective 41 congressional offices of both parties in the House and the Senate. In these meetings, CEF representatives advocated for an increase in education funding, which currently makes up less than 2 percent of the federal budget. Check out #CEFHillDay on Twitter to see some of the offices that were visited.

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Advance CTE has a New Website

We’ve made resources and information easier for you to find! In the Learning that Works Resource Center, there is new slider showcasing the latest resources, new topic areas to help you find Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) and communications resources and an improved search function.

Check it out here!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Brownsville ISD CTE Success Story

Want to hear a CTE success story? Watch this video about a former Brownsville Independent School District’s Firefighter-EMT Certification program student who is now a Firefighter/EMT for the South Padre Island Fire Department. As a child, a career as a firefighter was a distant dream now it’s a reality. 

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/O7MzclqPdvw

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

CTE Data Puts Meaningful Information about Student Pathways in the Hands of Policymakers

The Data Quality Campaign released a new fact sheet which includes guidance for state CTE leaders in creating the linkages necessary to collect CTE data and publicly reporting this information in actionable ways. It also offers recommendations for publicly reporting information on workforce outcomes in ways that are actionable to families and students.

Learn more here

This Week in CTE

July 3rd, 2019

Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) is now in effect! 

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Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) is in effect

On July 1, Perkins V officially went into effect and states will begin implementation. The U.S. Department of Education announced that they have approved every state’s Perkins V one-year transition plan. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos encouraged states to act boldly in their strategies, by removing silos between education and industry to ensure learners are prepared for high-wage, high-skill employment opportunities. 

Read the press release to learn more.

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Scholarship Opportunity for CTE High School Graduates 

The Horatio Alger National Career and Technical Scholarship Program provides up to $2,500 for students to pursue CTE in two-year or less degree/credential programs. The deadline to apply is June 15. The association will award more than 1,000 new CTE learners! Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies. All scholarship funds are paid directly to the institution on behalf of the recipient.

Learn more here. https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/technical/

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Connect Learners to High-wage, High-skill and High-demand Occupations

Watch learners and staff at Essex North Shore high school in Hathonre, Massachusetts share why CTE is important and how it’s providing opportunities to gain real-world skills while in high school. 

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

With the implementation of Perkins V underway here is a list of resources to help states through the process. It includes new resources to help states develop a meaningful Perkins V Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment. 

Access the resources here.

 

This Week in CTE

June 28th, 2019

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Secretary DeVos Delivers Remarks at Second Chance Pell Commencement

On June 25, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered commencement remarks to students in the Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy, Oklahoma who completed Tulsa Community College’s Second Chance Pell pilot. In her speech, Secretary DeVos shared her intent for the Second Chance Pell experimental site pilot to become a permanent program. 

Advance CTE supports expanding Pell Grant eligibility to incarcerated individuals, and lifting this ban is one of the organization’s priorities in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. 

Read the full blog to learn more.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK

The Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board located in the state of Washington developed a video contest to encourage Washington CTE learners to shoot their own videos to promote CTE. Watch the video from Eatonville High School sophomore Alexia Price who won the first place award! The video focused on what a world without CTE would look like for learners. Watch it here.

Want to learn more about creating video content to promote high-quality CTE? Read the Washington Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board’s video toolkit to help local schools, instructors, and students develop their own videos promoting CTE in their communities. The guide provides technical tips for setting up shots, capturing sound, and conducting interviews. The toolkit also links to the sample videos so students can learn, step by step. 

Advance CTE, with support from the Siemens Foundation, worked with the state of Washington to promote high-quality Career and Technical Education to learners and their parents. They received a grant to help fund the video project, create videos and the toolkit.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Building Credential Currency: Resources to Drive Attainment across K-12, Higher Education, and Workforce Development

Employers need workers for high-skill jobs. Workers need training beyond a high school diploma to access those jobs. And state governments need a certifiably skilled workforce to meet their education goals, attract industry, and contribute to their economies. Floating amid this triangle are thousands of credentials that claim to meet everyone’s needs—the worker, the employer, the community. Which ones lead to jobs that can sustain a family, grow a business, and fuel an economy—and which do not provide meaningful value? 

A new toolkit from the Education Strategy Group aims to support this essential analysis within states. Building Credential Currency: Resources to Drive Attainment across K-12, Higher Education, and Workforce Development takes state and local policymakers through a step-by-step process for collaboratively accomplishing four objectives key to meeting their educational attainment goals:

  • Identifying in-demand, high-skill, high-wage occupations  and associated non-degree credentials;
  • Validating those findings with employers and finalizing a statewide list of “priority” non-degree credentials;
  • Incentivizing priority non-degree credential attainment through funding strategies for schools and colleges, articulated postsecondary credit for high school earners, and rigorous accountability systems; and
  • Reporting and monitoring priority non-degree credential attainment with reliable, verified data.

Download the toolkit here.

This Week in CTE

June 21st, 2019

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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!

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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.

 

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