career and technical education
It's the chance of a lifetime, but it's also a regular part of students' experience at their elite public high school, the Marine Academy of Science and Technology. It's a full-time career-and-technical-education program offered by a countywide vocational district. Acceptance rates at MAST rival those at some of the most selective universities. Seats are coveted for good reason: They funnel students into impressive colleges, and jobs in marine science, engineering, and other fields.
Legislation to overhaul the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act was introduced on Thursday in the House of Representatives. The bill is similar in several respects to legislation the House passed last year that grants states more flexibility over spending and priorities.
Today's career-technical education is far from the vocational schools of the 1970s. In the modern world of career-technical education (often referred to as CTE), students are preparing for the jobs of tomorrow using state-of-the-art equipment and technology in a hands-on learning environment.
Sometimes, students need a little nudge - and some freedom - to finally understand how to succeed in school. That was the case for one teenager in Hamilton County, Tennessee. She was encouraged to enroll in a program that allowed her to take classes at her own pace. She had a 1.6 GPA when she entered the program last fall, in her junior year of high school.
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.