This Week in CTE

August 31st, 2018

TWEET OF THE WEEK

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know that despite the many benefits of high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) there are challenges with changing outdated perceptions of CTE programs.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

TWEET OF THE WEEK

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.

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

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

TWEET OF THE WEEK

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

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

TWEET OF THE WEEK

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

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.

This Week in CTE

September 22nd, 2017

WEBINAR OF THE WEEK

Safe Students, Safe Workers: Construction Safety Programs in Post-Secondary Career Technical Education Webinar: Learn what post-secondary Career Technical Education programs (CTE) in construction are doing and how to support development of students’ skills for safe work in the classroom and on the job. What administrative systems, instructor support, curriculum content and teaching activities are needed? Presenters will share concrete examples and results from site visits, interviews, and a national survey of instructors and administrators in construction CTE programs in 2-year colleges, as well as action steps and resources for administrators and instructors of CTE programs from a new guide.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK 

Submit a proposal to the 2018 Linked Learning Convention. The Convention brings together more than 900 leaders from education, workforce, research, policy, and nonprofits for strategic conversations and meaningful professional learning aimed at ensuring all students are well prepared for college, career, and life.

TOOL OF THE WEEK 

CNA recently released its interactive labor market analysis tool, which is intended to help CTE stakeholders identify high-wage, high-demand careers and associated education and/or training requirements. The tool was created using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ national job projections until 2024.

Katie Fitzgerald, Senior Communications Associate

This Week in CTE: Americans Want More Career Focused Education in Schools

September 1st, 2017

RESEARCH OF THE WEEK 

The Annual PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools was released this week and had some excellent findings about CTE and career readiness including:

  • 82 percent of Americans support job or career skills classes even if that means they spend less time in academic classes,
  • 86 percent say schools should offer certificate or licensing programs,
  • 82 percent say it is very important for schools to help students develop interpersonal skills.

The poll finds that increasingly, people expect school to not only prepare students for postsecondary, but also their life after their education. Read more about the results.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK 

Job Centered Learning, the documentary exploring CTE courses and the role they play in preparing students for life after school, airs in Mississippi, Alabama and the greater Los Angeles area this weekend. Find out when it’s playing in your state by checking your local PBS network.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Check out six new modules with lesson plans and activities to teach middle and high school students about advanced transportation systems, and introduce the array of careers available in the field.

Katie Fitzgerald, Senior Communications Associate 

This Week in CTE

July 28th, 2017

TWEET OF THE WEEK

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

New Documentary: Job Centered Learning
Many economists, business owners, and labor leaders have raised alarm about a rising skills gap in the United States between the jobs that are available and those with the skills needed to fill them. Job Centered Learning, takes a critical look at the wide range of career technical education options some high schools across the U.S. are offering, engaging their students in life changing classroom experiences. This new one hour documentary, which will begin airing on your local PBS station on Sunday, has the potential to add to the national debate around both the vitality of our economy as well as the role schools can play in shaping how a new generation of students can find more meaningful educational experiences, fulfilling livelihoods and worthwhile careers.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Education First released a new report, Making the Most of ESSA: Opportunities to Advance STEM Education, a Review of ESSA plans for innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The report analyzes STEM in all 17 submitted ESSA plans and eight draft plans. Of those 25 plans, they found that states focused on four STEM-related policies:

  • Including state science assessment results in accountability systems
  • Including career- and technical-education indicators in accountability systems
  • Including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate indicators in accountability systems
  • Requiring or encouraging STEM elements in 21st Century Community Learning Center grants.

Find an overview of top findings from reviews of state ESSA plans here.

Katie Fitzgerald, Senior Communications Associate 

This Week in CTE

July 7th, 2017

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

This week, Advance CTE and Education Strategy Group released a report examining where and how career readiness shows up in the first 17 Every Student Succeeds Act state plans. Find out how states did.

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK

For the first time, Forbes released the top 30 two-year trade schools ranked according to their return on investment. Here’s the list.

DON’T FORGET

Harbor Freight Teaching Prize applications are open now! Nominate a CTE teacher, or apply by July 24. The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding skilled trades programs at public high schools in the United States.

Katie Fitzgerald, Senior Associate, Communications 

This Week in CTE

June 16th, 2017

TWEET OF THE WEEK

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

By integrating classroom instruction and hands-on learning, both apprenticeships and CTE can enhance the high school experience and better prepare learners for future career success. Not to mention, secondary apprenticeships equip students with skills in high-demand career pathways, helping to strengthen the talent pool and close critical skills gaps.

A new report, Opportunities for Connecting Secondary Career and Technical Education Students and Apprenticeship Programs, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education and prepared by Advance CTE with support from Jobs for the Future, Vivayic and RTI International, profiles eight secondary apprenticeship programs to identify strategies to connect CTE with apprenticeship programs. The report classifies each program as either an apprenticeship, youth apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship and maps each by the degree of instructional alignment and program articulation.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

The Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program is conducting a survey to learn the perspectives of individuals focused on preparing young people ages 16- 24 for work. If you provide services to youth in this age range, complete this survey.

AWARD OF THE WEEK

On Monday, applications open to the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, which includes over $500,000 awarded to 10 outstanding skilled trades teachers in American public high schools and the skilled trades programs in their schools.

Judges for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence will look for those programs that are led by a teacher who clearly loves the subject matter and is both highly knowledgeable and skilled; where the curriculum is matched to a relevant career pathway and future work choices, and is designed to flow seamlessly into next step options, whether to employment or college; that encourages exploration and experimentation among students in a safe environment; and that connects students to new relationships and worlds outside the classroom.

Katie Fitzgerald, Senior Associate, Communications 

This Week in CTE

June 2nd, 2017

TWEET OF THE WEEK

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Can you imagine a world where all learners have the opportunity to realize their full potential and achieve career success? Check out our newest video, which demonstrates what the world would look like if all vision principles of Putting Learner Success First: A Shared Vision for the Future of CTE are put into action.Advance_CTE_5.16.17_Final_HD1080P

RESEARCH OF THE WEEK

New America released national survey data about perceptions of higher education. Some interesting findings:

  • 75 percent believe it is easier to be successful with a college degree than without
  • 64 percent believe that two year community colleges “are for people in my situation” (though this is virtually the same for public four-year colleges and universities)
  • More people (80%) believe that two year community colleges prepare people to be successful. This is higher than four-year public (77%) four-year private (75%) and for-profit (60%).
  • 82 percent believe two-year community colleges are worth the cost. This is higher than four-year public (61%) four-year private (43%) and for-profit (40%).
  • 83 percent believe two-year community colleges contribute to a strong workforce. This is higher than four-year public (79%) four-year private (70%) and for-profit (59%).

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Scholarships for Career or Technical Certificates or Degrees: The Horatio Alger CTE Scholarship program is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for more than 1,000 awards of up to $2,500 each.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Have completed high school (or earned a High School Equivalency credential) by Summer 2017
  • Will be enrolled in an eligible CTE program in Fall 2017
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
  • Demonstrated financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be under the age of 30
  • Be a United States citizen

Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies.  All scholarship funds are paid directly to the institution on behalf of the recipient.

More information can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/le9ovq2

Katie Fitzgerald, Senior Associate, Communications 

 

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