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How and why students transfer between higher education institutions and how it helps or hurts their attainment of credentials is currently a major focus of education research and policy.
Recent research on transfer has produced the following set of data points:
In addition, state policies on reverse transfer, which helps students who have transferred before accruing an associate degree to gain that credential, are described in a new ECS brief.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 08/27/2015 at 03:18 PM in Data and Research, Postsecondary Issues | Permalink
An in-depth analysis of the future of transportation careers finds that the industry will need 4.6 million new and replacement employees through 2022.
Strengthening Skills Training and Career Pathways across the Transportation Industry is the result of a collaboration between the Departments of Education, Transportation and Labor. In addition to overall industry projections, the report also shares the following data:
As the report describes, CTE is a major avenue through which to address this skills gap. The Departments will work together to align the occupational needs of the transportation industry with CTE, apprenticeships and related career pathways programs in order to meet the demands of this major sector of the U.S. economy.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 08/25/2015 at 03:18 PM in Data and Research | Permalink
The data keeps rolling in to show that applied and work-based learning are extremely important to employers and students, but postsecondary institutions are not always providing opportunities for students to grow their skills in applied settings.
According to recent relevant research:
CTE on the secondary and postsecondary levels, with its focus on hands-on learning in a variety of settings, is key to building the skills employers and students need.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 08/20/2015 at 03:35 PM in Career Readiness, Data and Research | Permalink
CTE students in Philadelphia are more likely to graduate than their non-CTE peers, according to a school district study of students entering high school in 2010.
A CTE teacher with nearly 20 years experience, quoted in the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, describes how students excel through hands-on and real-world learning experiences: "Students have a skill under their belt so they are not working at McDonald's … They’re able to be out there and be somebody."
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 08/18/2015 at 04:01 PM in Data and Research | Permalink
The congressional August recess is nearly half over, leaving just a few weeks for ACTE members to get involved with their policymakers during this crucial opportunity for outreach! This annual five-week break provides legislators with a chance to return to their districts and connect with constituents while preparing for their work in the fall, which is shaping up to be a busy season for CTE advocates and education policy.
There’s still time to get involved during this August recess! A great way to have a big impact on both policymakers and members of your community is to write an op-ed or letter to the editor for a newspaper or other publication. ACTE member Sally Downey, the superintendent at the East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa, AZ, recently wrote a piece in the East Valley Tribune to raise awareness about tenets of high-quality CTE and questions parents can ask to learn about programs in their community. Downey’s article states that:
“Quality CTE trains students in the skills necessary to earn a professional, industry-recognized credential or college credit or both. It provides opportunities for hands-on, real-world experience in the form of job shadowing or internships. It teaches students the so-called ‘soft skills,’ such as being able to communicate effectively, that employers say are all too often missing in today’s job candidates. And it accomplishes all this because the program works closely with business and industry to ensure that students are being trained to meet current industry standards.”
Sharing messages that are supportive of CTE is always beneficial, and can be an effective strategy for building awareness even without being tied to a specific legislative issue. Policymakers often strive to stay in the loop about what issues their constituents are interested in, and working with the media gives you a chance to make your voice heard. For ideas of how you can get involved during this August recess, click here, and to learn more about writing for the media click here.
Posted by Sean Lynch on 08/17/2015 at 04:55 PM in Advocacy Resources, In the News | Permalink
Research from the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board examines in-depth what employers are doing to provide and support educational attainment among their employees. Through focus groups and interviews, the researchers found that employee education is provided predominantly through tuition assistance benefits or employer-provided training.
In addition, the researchers discovered the following:
As you know, the industry partnerships that CTE programs have developed and grown offer an effective template for education and business to collaborate on employer-driven training.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 08/14/2015 at 01:27 PM in Data and Research | Permalink
Earlier this summer, President Obama signed an Executive Order expanding the U.S. Presidential Scholars program to include CTE students specifically. At the end of the upcoming school year, the first class of 20 Presidential Scholars in CTE will be presented awards in Washington, DC, for their “outstanding scholarship and demonstrated ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.”
For the first year of the program, the nomination process will be streamlined while final guidelines and procedures are being developed. Each Chief State School Officer will be allowed to nominate five graduating seniors for the CTE award as part of the nomination process that is used for the broader U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
In a letter shared by the U.S. Department of Education, each Chief is encouraged to select CTE students based on their academic rigor, technical competence, employability skills, and ingenuity and creativity.
Nominations are due from each Chief State School Officer by October 15, 2015. Students nominated will then be asked to complete an application provided by the U.S. Presidential Scholars program office. These applications will be due in February, and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and announced in May. Winners will then receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony in their honor in Washington, DC, in June.
Each state Chief State School Officer can handle the internal process of selecting students to nominate however they see fit, so make sure to connect with your state leaders to find out more and ensure your talented students are considered for this prestigious award.
Posted by Alisha Hyslop on 08/14/2015 at 12:20 PM in Executive Branch | Permalink
2015 has already been an active year for CTE and workforce development legislation on the state level, according to a National Skills Coalition policy round-up.
Relevant legislation includes the following:
In addition, California, Florida and Virginia enacted laws related to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, focusing on the importance of career pathways and sector strategies, while Arkansas and Louisiana passed legislation requiring a WIOA unified state plan.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 08/11/2015 at 01:01 PM in State and Local Issues | Permalink
CTE and competency-based education, while a natural fit, are in danger of being siloed if states and districts do not take care to integrate them in approaches to college and career readiness.
A new paper from Achieve and National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium identifies several strategies that can help states and districts better integrate CTE and competency-based pathways (CBP), which the publication defines as incorporating demonstrated mastery; explicit, measurable and transferable learning objectives; meaningful assessment; and rapid and individualized student support.
Building a Strong Relationship Between Competency-based Pathways and Career Technical Education outlines several “leverage points” where CTE and CBP meet:
To better integrate CTE and competency-based education, the report recommends that states and districts:
Vermont’s Flexible Pathways legislation, Rhode Island’s performance-based assessment graduation requirement and Clackamas Community College’s Smart Internship program that awards dual credit for work-based learning are among the examples provided of how CTE and competency-based education can work together.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 08/06/2015 at 04:41 PM in Standards and Assessments, State and Local Issues | Permalink
Every August, Members of Congress pack up to return to their districts for a five-week recess to spend time connecting with their constituents and preparing for the fall legislative season. This provides a critical opportunity for outreach to your senators and representatives while they are back home for an extended period, and a great chance to help build awareness among policymakers of CTE. With a busy legislative schedule ahead to finalize reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, begin consideration of the Higher Education Act and complete work on the FY 2016 education funding bill, it’s critical that ACTE can look to our members to get involved this August!
To assist in your advocacy efforts, ACTE has created a Congressional Recess Packet with information and ideas for engaging with your policymakers and illustrating the value of CTE. You can get involved this August by:
We hope we can count on you to advocate for support among policymakers this August recess! To learn more about strategies for grassroots advocacy that you can use, click here.
Posted by Sean Lynch on 08/06/2015 at 03:06 PM in Advocacy Resources, ESEA, Federal Funding, HEA | Permalink
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