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The Future of Career Technical Education

admin | Monday, May 16, 2016

Eight national organizations recently released a collective vision proposing a transformation of the education system, with Career Technical Education (CTE) as an essential strategy. Putting Learner Success First: A Shared Vision for the Future of CTE is a call to action for leaders, policymakers, employers and practitioners across the nation to commit to creating a high-quality education system where all learners are prepared for a lifetime of future success in high-skill, in-demand careers.

Drawing on guidance and contributions from leaders in K-12, postsecondary education, workforce development, business and industry, and the philanthropic community, the organizations (Advance CTE, Association for Career and Technical Education, Council of Chief State School Officers, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges, National Skills Coalition and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation) have published a vision that offers long-term guiding principles and short-term action steps that national, state and local stakeholders need to take to support learners at all ages on their career journey. Specifically, vision’s principles include:

  • All CTE programs are held to the highest standards of excellence
  • All learners are empowered to choose a meaningful education and career
  • All learning is personalized and flexible
  • All learning is facilitated by knowledgeable experts
  • All systems work together to put learner success first

As the discussion continues and CTE programs are modified/developed, Career & College Clubs encourages practitioners to recognize the value of early intervention and include the middle grades in their CTE plans. Reaching students before they choose a high school pathway can have a profound impact on their decision-making and aspirations, and ultimately leads to better outcomes.

For more information on the report, click here.

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