career and technical education
Mike Rowe testifies before Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education on how CTE can help close the skills gap, empower students to succeed and the need to reform the current law.
Rowe took the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education for a stroll down memory lane of his times in front of congressional committees over the past six years where he talked about the widening skills gap, the student loan crisis, the disappearance of vocational education from our high schools, and that the “critical part of the solution often overlooked by politicians and educators is the pressing need for better PR.”
“CTE Month is a great opportunity for us to recognize the career and technical educators in our area who provide innovation and excellence that prepares our students for careers and our nation for economic success,” said Western president Lee Rasch. “I am very proud of their work." In Wisconsin, more than 88,000 high school students, or roughly two-thirds of high-schoolers, are taking CTE courses in areas such as health occupations, manufacturing, technology and engineering, agriculture, marketing, family and consumer science, and business.
Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™) created Career Readiness Pathways™ to help districts provide a clear learning path for students interested in pursuing industry-recognized certifications in high-demand careers. Since its launch in February 2016, 73 schools, districts, or education organizations in 23 states have signed on with FuelEd to provide students Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs including Career Readiness Pathways
Walk around the classrooms at Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES’ Adirondack Educational Center, and you will see students moving. Gone are the rows of desks where students sat and listened to the teacher; that model has been replaced with dynamic and interactive learning experiences that infuse STEM technologies and academic rigor with real-world work applications.
The program, called Students Acquiring Technical Skills (SATS), is intended to build student interest in technical careers in addition to providing hands-on machining and measurement skills, Freeport Area Principal Michael Kleckner said. It is one of several programs at area schools that are geared toward cultivating students for careers in such potentially well-paying technical fields where there is a huge demand for qualified workers.
What kind of programs is the Department of Education looking for? At its heart, the challenge is designed to create learning content more engaging and immersive than more passive forms of screen time, such as watching instructional videos. The idea is to provide “hands-on” instruction while providing a safe way for students to simulate stressful real world situations relevant to their field of study.
Students across ITT Technical Institutes' 130 campuses awoke Tuesday morning to emails saying they wouldn't be attending class anymore. After months of sanctions and years of investigations and lawsuits, ITT Educational Services -- the institution's parent company -- announced it was closing all of its campuses.
Career and technical education (CTE) will get a boost if bi-partisan legislation moves ahead. Recently, United States Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced a bill that would expand dual and concurrent enrollment in multiple directions. The Workforce Advance Act would allow states to invest dollars in increasing the number of courses offered and encourage school districts to bolster their CTE programs by incorporating college credit opportunities.
The Department of Education on Wednesday released a Dear Colleague letter warning high schools and colleges that women must have equal access to career and technical education programs in order to fill jobs that are currently in high demand.