Posts Tagged ‘Advance CTE Spring Meeting’

CTE Pathways: Avenues to Support Student Success

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

Submitted by Oracle, Gold Sponsor of the Advance CTE 2021 Spring Meeting

One of the many advantages of being the Oracle Academy Regional Director for North America is the opportunity to talk with educational leaders from all over the nation. I spend time learning, sharing ideas, celebrating successes, and understanding challenges that these leaders face each day. One of my fundamental beliefs, which has been confirmed by many of these conversations, is that the Career Technical Education (CTE) Career Clusters provide the opportunity for students to travel an industry-relevant pathway that is representative of the U.S. economy. These pathways provide the opportunity for students to gain industry-relevant skills, to apply those skills to solve complex problems, and then leverage those skills to become leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs of the future.  

As Oracle’s philanthropic education program, Oracle Academy is dedicated to providing innovative technology and industry-related teaching resources to educators dedicated to student success as they travel through these pathways. These resources include curriculum, educator professional development, cloud technologies and professional certification information designed to help educators provide an authentic CTE learning experience.

One of the key ways to continue to support student success, perhaps now more than ever, is to ensure our educators have the opportunity for the best professional development with virtual learning options available. To support educators in meeting this need, Oracle Academy offers free, proven expert computing education curriculum. These curriculum resources focus on database, Java, Oracle cloud access, computing teaching and learning, software and more—all free and available using only a browser. 

Our Summer/Fall virtual training classes for educators include the following: 

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To educators taking part in professional development, we thank you for investing in your professional learning to support CTE student success—and we are with you!  

Please note, educators must have an Oracle Academy Institutional Membership to access virtual professional education training.  

Not a member of Oracle Academy? Join today! (It’s FREE.) If you have any questions please contact us, and we can help. 

As Oracle’s global, philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. We engage with thousands of educational institutions and educators in more than 120 countries, helping millions of students become college and career ready.

Visit Oracle’s virtual booth at the Advance CTE 2021 Spring Meeting! Registration is open. More information and the interactive agenda can be found here

By Brittany Cannady in Uncategorized

Industry Certifications: Joining Industry and Education Together

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

Submitted by Lincoln Electric, Diamond Sponsor of the Advance CTE 2021 Spring Meeting 

There is a welding skills gap, and that could actually mean a couple different things: It could mean there simply are not enough skilled welders to fill the welding careers available, or it could mean there is a disconnect between the skills employers are looking for and the skills applicants actually have. Either way, this gap existing is a real problem in the welding industry today—for both employers and job-seeking welders. 

If the problem is that trained welders do not have the specific skills employers are looking for, then the solution is to examine welding education and find a way to bridge the gap. Educational institutions communicate with the welding industry to understand which skills their students actually need for today’s jobs. Because the industry is constantly changing, the needed skills are constantly changing—which means that this communication between education and industry must be ongoing.

Because Lincoln Electric is heavily involved in both industry and welding education, communication is constantly maintained between the two to improve curriculum and training as the industry evolves. From this, the Lincoln Electric Education Partner Schools (LEEPS) welding program was created.

The LEEPS welding certification program is a partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), which provides curriculum and learning management resources for students and welders to earn standards-based certifications. These certifications are portable and stackable, which means welders can build their own skill base for specific job requirements by combining the skills and certifications they need for immediate employability.

The LEEPS program creates standardization with the train-the-trainer program. All instructors who teach and certify welding students through a partner school have been through the same training, taken the same tests, and used the same curriculum materials. That means employers can see these certifications and know anyone who earned them was taught the same content in the same way and has passed the same weld tests with the same grading rubric. This kind of consistency helps welders to have documented, proven competencies to show employers; and employers know they can expect this consistency from an institution with a standardized process.

Because this program offers a way to integrate certifications into an existing educational institution, it doesn’t limit students or employers to one area. With a traditional welding school, students all train at a single location and are likely to seek jobs in the same general area. With a program like LEEPS, the same quality welding education is available all over the country, so it’s more accessible to students and employers alike. This means employers can find job applicants in their area with the same qualifications as the job seekers in many states across the U.S. Employers can even set up their own internal training with LEEPS to put their welders on the fast track to certification in the specific areas that are needed in their workplace.

There’s a skills gap in the welding industry, but we can set up our welding education programs to help fix it. With standardized, configurable training, today’s welders can complete valuable certifications in a way that’s both convenient and relevant to the available jobs. By joining industry and education in communication, curriculum can be tailored to meet the needs of both welders and employers in today’s job market.

Visit Lincoln Electric’s virtual booth at the Advance CTE 2021 Spring Meeting! Registration is open. More information and the interactive agenda can be found here

By Brittany Cannady in Uncategorized
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A Pivotal Point for Opportunity in Education

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019


Last fall, the world was captivated by the story of Geoffrey Owens – an actor famous for his 80’s TV roles who made national news when he was photographed bagging groceries at a Trader Joe’s. After a series of articles highlighted his fall from stardom, Owens took advantage of the media spotlight to change the narrative. In an interview with Good Morning America, Owens said he hoped his story would serve as a reminder “of the honor of the working person” and that “every job is worthwhile and valuable.”

My grandfather often said, “all work that’s honest work is good work,” and many of us grew up hearing similar expressions celebrating the importance and dignity of work. However, I think Owens’ message resonated so widely because our nation is in the midst of a major economic shift that’s transforming the future of employment and job creation in real time.

Recognizing this trend – and the fact that the majority of high-demand jobs are being created in skilled trades like construction, health care, and advanced manufacturing – our next generation’s future will depend on realigning our public education system with the demands of the global economy.

Instead of relying on a one-size-fits-all model where success is defined by earning a liberal arts degree, we must accurately adjust educational curriculum to provide more choices and options for students.

Over the past 10 years, the state of Georgia has aggressively invested in linking public education with the needs of industry by creating a statewide network of 46 College and Career Academies, while significantly expanding dual enrollment, industry apprenticeships, and post-secondary opportunities for high school students. Partnering with technical colleges, universities, and local businesses, College and Career Academies offer students access to college courses and pathway programs. These opportunities allow students to obtain industry credentials for quality, in-demand jobs that meet the needs of each community’s workforce.

The Georgia Chamber, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and the U.S. Chamber Foundation have proven their commitment to investing in our students through these initiatives – and further integrating business leaders into our public schools will only increase each community’s economic potential.

Last year, Georgia also launched a statewide partnership with YouScience to offer all middle and high school students access to an extremely innovative aptitude-based career guidance program. YouScience utilizes proven algorithms to generate personalized results, guiding students to make more informed postsecondary and career choices. Beyond simply preparing our students with the skills and training to be successful in high-demand careers, this program allows each school’s faculty to engage students in making proactive choices that will maximize the value of their education.

Education Drives the Economy

When our public schools are aligned with industry needs, they are fully capable of building a workforce second to none. Because of our statewide initiatives, we’ve lifted our state’s graduation rate more than 22 percentage points, created 700,000 new jobs, and Georgia’s economy now leads the Southeast in GDP growth.

More importantly, thousands of high school students are graduating each year with associate degrees, industry certifications, and employment experience in skilled professions.

Our nation is at a pivotal point in which we will have the opportunity to fuel unprecedented growth, innovation, and prosperity that addresses the greatest challenges facing our communities. However, to take full advantage of this moment in history, it’s vital that industry and business step forward as partners with our public schools to meet the evolving needs of the 21st-century economy.

Moreover, it’s just as critical for our public schools to respect the value of responding to the needs of industry. When we meet this challenge, our success will unleash a new wave of economic prosperity that leaves no one behind.

This post is written by Former Lt. Governor Casey Cagle in conjunction with YouScience, a Platinum Level sponsor of the 2019 Advance CTE Spring Meeting.

By Nicole Howard in Advance CTE Spring Meeting
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Advance CTE Begins a Critical Conversation about Equity at the 2018 Spring Meeting

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

As part of Advance CTE’s vision, Putting Learner Success First, our organization has challenged the Career Technical Education (CTE) community to continue on the path of fierce dedication to quality and equity so that each learner is empowered to choose a meaningful education and career. Advance CTE recognizes that if we’re going to ask our community to commit to equity in CTE, then we must lead the way.

Our first step was to create the space at our 2018 Spring Meeting to begin this long overdue conversation with our membership about how we define and can achieve equity in CTE.

The conversation began with a panel discussion that featured experts in education and equity from the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, the  Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Center for Law and Social Policy and United Way of Delaware.The panelists took a critical look at equity in CTE and examined the history of CTE and tracking students, the stigma around CTE and how equity should be defined within CTE. From this discussion, major themes about equity in CTE emerged:

Notably, Kisha Bird from the Center for Law and Social Policy  recognized that while equity is a complex issue in that it is influenced by numerous social, economic and political factors, it is ultimately a simple problem that can be addressed by continually asking the following of any action: Am I creating or breaking down barriers?

The conversation held at the equity panel represents the beginning of Advance CTE’s ongoing commitment to promoting equity in CTE. As part of our equity initiative, throughout 2018, Advance CTE will be releasing a series of briefs about equity in CTE. This post is the first of two blogs that will highlight the equity discussions from the 2018 Spring Meeting.

Brianna McCain, Policy Associate

By Brianna McCain in Advance CTE Spring Meeting, Uncategorized
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You Haven’t Yet Made Your Flight Plans for the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting? Do It Now.

Friday, February 5th, 2010
Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC

Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC

The NASDCTEc annual Spring Meeting here in the D.C. area is from March 29-31, 2010, which happens to be at the same time as the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. According to the National Park Service, the 2010 National Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled for March 27-April 11. The festival is “one of the more heavily attended annual events in Washington, D.C., with hundreds of thousands of visitors expected.” What does this mean? You and a gazillion other folks will be competing for plane seats at the same time. Our staff and the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) staff encourage you to book your flights now if you haven’t already. If you want to bookend your D.C. visit with a trip to see the blossoms, visit for more information.

By Ramona in Meetings and Events