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/

This Week in CTE

January 25th, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

New Members on the House Committee on Education and Labor

On January 23, House Republicans named the members that will serve on the House Committee on Education and Labor for the 116th Congress. This finalizes the composition of the Committee, which has 28 Democrats, 14 of whom are new to the Committee, and 22 Republicans, 10 of whom are new to the Committee. As the Committee begins its work, Advance CTE will continue to provide updates on hearings, votes and 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

Need a fun way to work across CTE programs of study in your school? Try creating a “How-To” video as a class project that helps learners grasp an important skill and work with your Art or Audio Visual program to do the filming and editing. In this quick video, you can see learners in the Electronic Media and Journalism class are producing ‘how-to’ videos with those who are studying in the Automotive Technology program.

For more ideas on incorporating video into your programs check out 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. Read it here.


Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P87dWbuzLtE

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

In a report, No More “Sink or Swim:” Incorporating Subgroup Accountability into the Higher Education Act, Third Way, discusses the equity gaps in higher education, who is impacted and in what ways. This resource will inform state leaders concerned about equity gaps in postsecondary CTE. Currently, there are few accountability measures in the Higher Education Act (HEA) around this, but reauthorization provides an opportunity for this to change.

The report proposes that inclusion of subgroup accountability in HEA reauthorization is one way to understand and respond to the issue. A framework for subgroup accountability in HEA is provided that includes:

  • Which student subgroups should be used;
  • What should be measured;
  • How to identify and compare institutions for subgroup accountability;
  • What should happen when an institution has low equity outcomes;
  • How to mitigate unintended consequences; and
  • How to improve outcomes.

Read the full report here: https://careertech.org/resource/2018-incorporating-subgroup-accountability-HEA

Nicole Howard, Communications Associate

This Week in CTE

January 18th, 2019

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Senate Releases Committee Report on the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V)

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee recently released the Committee Report on the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). The report provides key details on legislative intent, a section-by-section analysis and shows how the new law made changes to Perkins IV. 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

In this video, you get an inside look at what class looks like for learners in the Animal Science program of study at Wichita Southeast High School in Kansas. The instructor gives an overview of the program while learners showcase hands-on experiences happening right on campus.

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/ef6Ee9Z6ZOs

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Improving Skills Through America’s Workforce Development System

There is a skills gap across the country for jobs that require more than a high school education but less than a bachelor’s degree. In a new report, Improving Skills Through America’s Workforce Development System, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), explores what is behind the skills gap, how Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is structured to address this and what challenges continue to exist.

The report makes seven recommendations to improve the workforce development system at the federal level through WIOA implementation:

  • Clarify services offered by the workforce development system;
  • Enhance coordination between higher education financial aid officers and WIOA caseworkers;
  • Reduce or modify reporting requirements on outcomes if the tools are not provided to deliver the reports;
  • Consider new ways to prioritize training at american job centers;
  • Help WIOA participants use other available federal and state funding;
  • Encourage private businesses to offer training to nonemployees, especially in high-demand occupations; and
  • Expand reciprocity agreements between states.

Read the full report here: https://careertech.org/resource/2018-improving-skills-workforce-dev-system

APPLY

Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship  Accepting Applications for New Grants

Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) is inviting applications for their new grants– four to eight grants valued at approximately $200,000 each. Advance CTE is proud to support PAYA in announcing the first-ever joint, national philanthropic investment focused on developing high-quality youth apprenticeship programs. These grants aim to support employers, community partners and policy leaders who are working together to build high-quality youth apprenticeship programs that will meet local economic needs.

PAYA is inviting proposals from public-private partnerships with innovative strategies and established relationships that can deliver high-quality implementation. Successful bids include organizations that have leadership and support from a wide range of sectors including business and industry, the K-12 system, postsecondary institutions and government bodies.

Submissions for the open application must be completed online by 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, March 8. You can also register to participate in an informational webinar about the application and selection process on Thursday, January 24th at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Nicole Howard, Communications Associate

This Week in CTE

January 11th, 2019

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New STEM Professional Development Modules and Tools Pilot

The Center for Global Education at Asia Society has partnered with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Advance CTE to create online professional development modules that support educators to teach Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) through global content via active, project-based learning. These 10 new online, 15-minute modules will help educators understand how to make global connections to local STEM issues; create high-quality global STEM projects; assess global workforce readiness skills; connect with classrooms abroad to complete collaborative projects; and teach students to be project managers so they are more successful in completing their projects. The modules, together with sample curriculum and other tools and resources, are currently being piloted and you can participate!

Learn more here

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Get an inside look at Career Technical Education (CTE) in action! Little Elm Independent School District is a public school district in Texas that takes you into their Health Science Technology classroom to showcase how hands-on, real-world experiences makes learning relevant for learners. You will hear from participants as they share their career aspirations.

Watch the video here

You can find more Little Elm ISD CTE videos here.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Better Together: How Adult Education/CTE Collaborations Benefit Workers and Business

The National Skills Coalition’s new policy brief, Better Together, explains how collaborations between adult education and CTE benefit both businesses and workers. It includes an example from the Socorro Independent School District (ISD) using opportunities under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to improve alignment between the adult education and CTE systems.

Read the full report here

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ACTE Accepting Applications for New Postsecondary Leadership Success Program

ACTE is now accepting applications for their new Postsecondary Leadership Success Program,Sponsored by ECMC Foundation. This is a yearlong professional development experience for postsecondary CTE professionals and includes a variety of opportunities

and benefits, including a $4,000 stipend, access to focused workshops and online seminars, and much more! The deadline to apply is February 3, 2019.

Learn more here.

Nicole Howard, Communications Associate 

This Week in CTE

December 14th, 2018

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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.

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

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

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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

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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.

 

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