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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 http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/cms/index.php?id=390 for more information.

By Ramona in Meetings and Events
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