career and technical education
IBM is pushing congressional leaders to update workforce legislation aimed at helping workers get technical skills necessary from the growing number of technology-related vocational jobs. In a letter, the legacy tech giant, leading a coalition of 400 organizations, urged the chairman of the Senate Health Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), as well as its top Democrat, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), to reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
The bipartisan legislation would create a teacher residency grant program to help address the CTE teacher shortage in schools and help fill in-demand skilled jobs. It would target mid-career professionals in related technical fields, recent college graduates, veterans or currently licensed teachers who want to transition to a CTE focus.
Previous research shows that students who select into career and technical education (CTE) tracks have, on average, lower test scores than their peers. Yet that same body of research finds that, after controlling for test scores, CTE course takers have higher high school graduation rates, overall educational attainment, or earnings.
Career and technical education (CTE) programs such as those offered at MST -- which feature academically and professionally rigorous classes and send graduates off to postsecondary programs at high rates -- may be uniquely positioned to prepare young adults for the future of work.
The class combines the academic rigor of AP Psychology with hands-on experience in the field of forensics, the latter as a state-approved career and technical education (CTE) course. In recent decades, vocational education has undergone a significant transition: along with its rebranding as CTE, staples like woodshop and auto repair have given way to a new breed of courses aimed at careers in everything from film production to science and engineering.
Tesla has launched a new automotive training program with colleges called ‘Tesla START’ to train a new generation of electric car technicians to work on their vehicles. Until now, Tesla has mainly been recruiting technicians who have been working for other automakers or coming out of training programs where they mainly worked on internal combustion engines.
According to a study done by the Department of Education in 2013, only 6 percent of high school students in the U.S. were enrolled in courses related to a trade or career--compared to 42 percent in the United Kingdom, 59 percent in Germany and 67 percent in the Netherlands. This is unacceptable.
Throughout Career and Technical Education Month this February, educators, students and the business community celebrate the value of career and technical education and the achievements of these programs across the country. Cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant curriculum helps youth and adults prepare for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers.
Unlike old-fashioned vocational education, high school-level career and technical education doesn’t really prepare people for jobs directly after high school. While the stated end goal of K-12 education in America is for students to be “college and career ready,” the reality is the existence of career-ready high school graduates is a myth. The expectation that high school produces career-ready adults in a 21st century economy is unrealistic and counterproductive.
“[W]hen we look at CTE from a STEM perspective,” Gardner explained, “the things we want to see are better integration of STEM and CTE together. So many of the CTE pathways have STEM in them, but there's this very big separation between CTE and STEM in our schools.”