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Vocational education (education based on occupation or employment) (also known as vocational education and training or VET) is education that prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a professional position in engineering, accountancy, nursing, medicine, architecture, pharmacy, law etc. Craft vocations are usually based on manual or practical activities, traditionally non-academic, related to a specific trade, occupation, or vocation. It is sometimes referred to as technical education as the trainee directly develops expertise in a particular group of techniques

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Career and Technical Education

Educating a twenty-first century workforce
The Hill - May 15, 2017
As we discuss ways to prepare the twenty-first century workforce, I constantly point to the innovative career-technical education (CTE) programs in my district...
Stigma Hobbles Career and Technical Education
Ed Week (registration required) - May 11, 2017
Students in career and technical education are happier with their high school experience, and more likely to finish high school, than students who don't take CTE classes...
At These Maine Tech Schools, Classrooms Are Structured Like Workplaces
Maine Public Radio - May 5, 2017
On both the state and national level, there has been a call for increased emphasis on career and technical education, or CTE. The intent is to teach more students skills such as business management, manufacturing and computer science. ..
How we can use apprenticeships to fill jobs and boost the economy
The Hill - May 5, 2017
When Americans hear the term “apprentice,” they probably don’t picture a young woman installing and configuring hardware and software, training end users in a new computer system, or conducting complex cost-benefit analyses of emerging technologies ..
The Future of Jobs and Jobs Training
Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project - May 3, 2017
As robots, automation and artificial intelligence perform more tasks and there is massive disruption of jobs, experts say a wider array of education and skills-building programs will be created to meet new demands. ..
When a College Degree Isn't Enough
The Atlantic - Apr 25, 2017
SEATTLE-Last June, Martin Chibwe, a computer-science major, graduated from Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington, a liberal-arts campus with a hipster ethos that shuns letter grades and urges exploration ..
Voc-Tech Schools Get More Competitive, Raising Admissions Concerns
WBUR.org - Apr 25, 2017
Vocational technical schools in Massachusetts are becoming victims of their own success. The schools are highly competitive, with many now outperforming district schools on standardized tests and graduation rates. And that's making them difficult for students to get into...
One possible solution for the future of career and technical education
Hechinger Report - Apr 25, 2017
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....
Spotlight on Vocational Training
Inside Higher Ed - Apr 25, 2017
Demand surges for graduates of career and technical programs at two-year colleges, yet vocational education continues to struggle with an image problem and a deep gender imbalance...
Vocational Education Teachers in Short Supply
EdWeek (registration required) - Apr 14, 2017
I've written often before about the need to grant vocational education the respect it deserves because not all students have the desire or aptitude to pursue a four-year academic degree. But an equally pressing problem is finding enough teachers to meet the demand of employers ( .. ..
It’s ok to pick vocational education over college
Kokomo Tribune - Apr 13, 2017
During my sophomore year at Proviso West High School in Hillside, Illinois, my guidance counselor, Mr. Gusloff, refused my request to take auto shop because I was, he said, college-bound and my presence in a vocational program would take space needed by a student who was not so destined. .. ..
States want more career and technical training, but struggle to find teachers
PBS.org NewsHour - Apr 9, 2017
Many Minnesota employers say they can’t find skilled workers with the right career training. Meanwhile, high schools are cutting career and technical education courses because they can’t find qualified teachers.l.. .. ..
College is not the only option
The Reflector online - Apr 6, 2017
There are many paths in life that may lead to success. College is only one of many options people can take to set themselves up for a happy, prosperous life. Many people would disagree this is the case, because a lot of people see higher education as the next step they must take in life after high school.. .. ..
What vocational education students need today — but aren’t likely to get under Trump
Journal-News - Apr 1, 2017
Mike Rose is a research professor in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies who explores the promise of public education and the problems of modern school reform... ..
Manufacturing industry growth tempered by challenges
Journal-News - Mar 24, 2017
BUTLER COUNTY The manufacturing climate continues gaining steam but companies continue to face challenges following damage inflicted by the Great Recession.. ..
'How do we replace them?': As skilled workers approach retirement, schools focus more on career training
Billings Gazette - Mar 15, 2017
Working on cars is a puzzle for Seth Hawkins. “When it finally works, you win,” the high school senior said Tuesday at the Career Center. “If it doesn’t work, you’ve got to keep figuring out the puzzle.” .....
Vocational education provides path to good jobs
WPSD Local 6 - Mar 8, 2017
More people are going to college now than ever before. Next year, many college graduates could have a hard time finding work. Harvard University says one third of jobs in 2018 will require a four-year degree. The rest of them will require technical skills......
'Lower Ed' looks at the controversial role of for-profit colleges
Marketplace.org - Mar 3, 2017
In her new book "Lower Ed," sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom explores the controversial place for-profit colleges have in today's economy. She sat down with Lizzie O'Leary to discuss her book and the problems with for-profit colleges....
‘Dirty Jobs’ Host Mike Rowe Says Skilled Trades Need a Makeover
SHRM.org - Mar 3, 2017
Television personality Mike Rowe, former host of the "Dirty Jobs" television program about hands-on, blue-collar work, told a Congressional panel discussing career and technical education and the skilled trades, "You've got to make work cool again."...
Here’s why vocational training is in high demand
Marketplace - Feb 23, 2017
ALBANY, N.Y. >> If you are looking for a job, there is no better way to do it than armed with technical skills. According to business leaders, the state Department of Labor and a ManpowerGroup survey of employers, jobs in the skilled trades are the hardest to fill. In its 2015 Talent Shortage Survey, .....
100 years of secondary career prep success
The Hill - Feb 27, 2017
What do sports medicine, cybersecurity, global marketing and environmental conservation all have in common? Thanks to today’s career and technical education (CTE), students have the opportunity to pursue classes in all these fields, along with dozens of others. However, CTE.....
Technical skills give jobseekers a leg up
Troy Record - Feb 27, 2017
ALBANY, N.Y. >> If you are looking for a job, there is no better way to do it than armed with technical skills. According to business leaders, the state Department of Labor and a ManpowerGroup survey of employers, jobs in the skilled trades are the hardest to fill. In its 2015 Talent Shortage Survey, .....
Apprenticeships help fill manufacturing jobs
GoErie - Feb 19, 2017
At just 23, Mike Field has a life many of his high school classmates who went on to college can't even dream of yet. He has bought a house. He's engaged to be married. He even has a new puppy, named Ryder......
Community College Dropouts? Start With Middle School
EdSurge - Feb 15, 2017
In Tennessee, the education system made headlines a few years back when the state announced the “ Tennessee Promise”—an initiative granting thousands of high school students...
Clipping Student Debt at Cosmetology Schools
Forbes - Feb 15, 2017
Beauty may be ephemeral, but student debt incurred learning about beauty lasts a lifetime. At least, that’s one of the takeaways from the first round of “gainful employment” data released last month by the Department of Education.....
Report Looks at Success of Career and Technical Education in Milwaukee
WUVM  - Feb 10, 2017
Governor Walker’s proposed biennial budget calls for increases in funding for K-12 schools and the University of Wisconsin System. ..
Career and technical education programs play a vital role in meeting workforce demands
Chicago Tribune - Feb 10, 2017
Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares individuals for high-skill, in-demand jobs that further Illinois' global competitiveness. These programs are at the core of the community college's mission to provide educational opportunities tailored to local business and industry needs......
Career and Technical Education Advocates Pushing for Changes Under Trump
Education Week (registration required)  - Feb 3, 2017
Career and technical education advocates have started their push for a facelift to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act under President Donald Trump. ..
Pros & Cons & Thoughts: Is Going to Culinary School Worth It?
Huffington Post  - Feb 3, 2017
Pros & Cons & Thoughts: Is Going to Culinary School Worth It? I’m often asked by aspiring career-changers, food entrepreneurs, and young foodies if going to culinary school is “worth it”. This is an interesting question. There’s been more and more literature on this topic as the world of food become ..
Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required
New York Times - Jan 30, 2017
When the German engineering company Siemens Energy opened a gas turbine production plant in Charlotte, N.C., some 10,000 people showed up at a job fair for 800 positions. But fewer than 15 percent of the applicants were able to pass a reading, writing and math screening ..
Vocational education provides skills needed for long-term, meaningful work
Washington Post - Jan 30, 2017
For too long, the prevailing attitude in America has been that the only education that matters is a path resulting in a four-year college degree. There is a widespread belief throughout the nation that vocational education is somehow second-class and that people ..
CTE program gets a boost by embedding programs in local businesses
Education Dive  - Jan 10, 2017
The Onondaga Cortland Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services in New York has stepped up its partnerships with local businesses by offerin. ..
Career education with the future employer in mind
Herald Net  - Jan 10, 2017
A corporate-led movement is afoot in the U.S. to remake old-school vocational education into new-school “career education” that includes earning valuable college credits while still in high school. . ..
5 Things to Know About New Data on Career Training Programs
American Progress  - Jan 13, 2017
More than 2,000 career training programs will need to improve their graduates’ earnings or cut their students’ debt levels if they want to maintain access to federal financial aid, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s Monday data release about their expectations . ..
Vocational Education Gets Belated Respect
EdWeek (registration required)  - Jan 16, 2017
Rising student debt, coupled with a high underemployment rate, are finally forcing the millennial generation to get real about their expectations . ..
There’s good money to be made in non-college careers
Herald Net  - Jan 10, 2017
EDMONDS — All Bryan Robbins wanted to do was work on cars. His dad, Dave Robbins, was a mechanic before a back injury disrupted that career and he began teaching automotive classes in the Edmonds School District. ..
Feds Say More Than 800 Career Programs Are Failing
WGBH.org  - Jan 10, 2017
With just over a week left in office, the Obama administration continues to crackdown on the for-profit college industry. The U.S. Education Department says hundreds of schools have failed to meet its gainful employment rule. ..
Feds say too many career-training programs, for-profit schools leaving graduates saddled with debt
Washington Post  - Jan 9, 2017
Nearly a thousand career-training programs at for-profit colleges are leaving graduates saddled with debt that exceeds 12 percent of their total earnings..
The Next Generation Of Farmers Is Being Trained In New York City High Schools
NPR.org  - Jan 5, 2017
It's Monday, 8 a.m., and these teens have already mucked stalls in the barn and fed the goats, alpacas and miniature cows. They've rounded up eggs in the henhouse, harvested cabbages and a few green-tinged tomatoes...
Trump Needs To Free Vocational Classes From Their Bad Rep
Fortune  - Dec 23, 2016
In his book, The Art of the Deal, Donald Trump recounts how his father, Fred, couldn’t afford to go to college. “Instead, he went to work as a carpenter’s helper for a homebuilder in Queens,” Trump writes, explaining that “he was better with his hands than most.”....
Talk to kids early about career training
Baltimore Sun  - Dec 28, 2016
ead with great interest your article "HVAC program at Dulaney High introduces students to a thriving trade" (Dec. 21). While the outlook for HVAC careers is growing in Maryland, so is interest in other skilled trades, including automotive technology, drafting, cosmetology and the graphic arts.....
More millennials are skipping college and choosing blue collar jobs instead
Sun Herald  - Dec 19, 2016
For years, the idea of going to college, getting a degree and parlaying that into a stable career was widely accepted as the best possible route for most young people in America. Now, that might no longer be the case.....
Why even community college is now out of reach for many students
MarketWatch  - Dec 19, 2016
A college education is increasingly becoming an unaffordable luxury for most families — even at a community college. In more than two-thirds of states, the share of the median family income required to attend a community college full-time grew by as much as 5% between 2008 and 2013....
The answer to America's working class job crisis is hard, but not mysterious
Christian Science Monitor - Dec 14, 2016
MALDEN, MASS. — Antonio Blanc, a senior at Malden High School, knows the risk of being left behind. He’s struggled to keep up at school, distracted by family instability and the part-time kitchen jobs he needs to pay the bills now he’s living alone. His plan after graduation is to enroll in a technical college...
Why businesses need to look beyond the four-year degree
Washington Post - Nov 28, 2016
Competency-based learning rethinks what an education should look like and can produce the type of job candidates that companies are looking to hire.....
The Loss of Technical Skills in America
Colorado College Catalyst - Dec 5, 2016
We all have that friend—the one who speaks four languages but can’t operate a coffee maker to save his life, or ours. Yet to some extent, we’re all that friend; we tap out 20-page papers on comparative literature, we debate the merits and shortcomings of various philosophical worldviews, and we excel in the biochemical laboratory, but if a faucet starts to leak, our only recourse is to call the plumber......
When it comes to career-training programs, for-profit schools don’t measure up, feds say
Washington Post - Nov 17, 2016
Graduates of career-training programs at public colleges earn nearly $9,000 more than those who attended comparable programs at for-profit institutions, according to a report released Thursday by the Education Department....
Career Technical Education: A working plan
Washington Times - Nov 26, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - As a freshman at Springfield High School, Leyah Krimbow dreaded going to class. “I used to ask my mom every morning if I could stay home,” Krimbow, now a 17-year-old senior, said over the phone Thursday. “I hated coming to school. The classes were pointless and boring, and I didn’t see why I had to go.”...
Trump has promised manufacturing jobs, but high school grads might want to seek credentialed “middle-skills” posts instead
Hechinger Report - Nov 15, 2016
I miss watching Gunsmoke on Saturday nights. I miss casseroles. I miss canasta games with friends. I miss browsing the new video releases at Blockbuster. I miss being completely off the grid.....
The Need to Validate Vocational Interests
The Atlantic - Oct 31, 2016
At a recent conference, I listened to a university president boast about a program she had developed in partnership with several local high schools. She told the story of one teenager who lived in a rural area and worked full time on his family's farm in addition to attending high school...
A case mounts for vocational education
Education Dive - Nov 2, 2016
Most data indicates that people fare better financially and emotionally with higher education, and new research suggests that more working adults will return to college in the near future to learn new skills to keep up with technology and changing industrial trends...
‘College Is Not the Only Option’
New York Times - Oct 26, 2016
But the counselors did not assume that all students aspired to go to college. “College is not the only option,” Angela Locke, a guidance counselor, told the audience. “Sometimes it’s not even the best option.” ....
Address Income Inequality through Investing in CTE Skills Training
Huffington Post - Oct 23, 2016
Income inequality is rising across the United States. There are many ways to measure this growing gap in pay, but there is broad-based evidence that it is real. California is an interesting laboratory for examining innovative ways to address the income inequality challenge....
Accepting Alternatives: Career and Technical Education Should Be Embraced
Harvard Political Review  - Oc 6, 2016
In 2012, San Diego Unified School District officials made a minor addition to the high school graduation requirements: two to four courses in CTE—Career and Technical Education, the 21st century rebranding of “Vocational Education.” ...
Career tech education engages and keeps students on track
Statesman Journal  - Oc 6, 2016
work as an English teacher locally and many of my high school-aged students are also enrolled in vocational and career technical courses such as manufacturing and construction. ...
Career, tech ed classes offer benefits for all students
EducationDive  - Oc 6, 2016
Career and technical education classes, no longer encouraged just for students who don’t plan to go to college, can have far-reaching benefits beyond job training...
Time running out on federal CTE bill
EducationDive  - Oc 11, 2016
Overwhelmingly, employers are saying that too many workers are coming into the marketplace without the necessary skills to hold positions or to innovate within them. This disparity in training puts more of an emphasis on students to receive multi-layered training in community or four-year institutions....
‘Get Real About Vocational Education
Education Week (free registation required)  - Oc t2, 2016
For far too long, vocational education in this country has been regarded as inferior to an academic curriculum. In large part that's because those with four-year degrees tend to earn more over a lifetime.......
Beyond ‘vocational’ training
District Administration  - Oct 2, 2016
r decades, “vocational” education prepared students for a newly industrialized workplace by training them for a specific occupational skill set. Today, Career and Technical Education (CTE) is open to all students, ....
‘Options for Students Who Shouldn't Go to College
US News - Oc 3, 2016
Kayleen McCabe, host of DIY Network's "Rescue Renovation," spends her time outside of the show talking to middle and high school students all over the country about opportunities in the construction field........
‘It's tme for vocational schools to get some repect
Boston Globe Magazine  - Oc t2, 2016
Massachusetts vocational schools are stretched thin at a time when ... “We're turning away work because we don't have the people to do it,” ........
‘For-profit colleges: 6 things to ask before enrolling
CNN.com/Money  - Sep 28, 2016
For-profit colleges have a ton of critics who've accused schools of luring in low-income students with false promises and then providing a subpar education.....
‘Glassblowing Program Trains Students To Craft Tools For Science
NPR.org  - Sep 26, 2016
Some cutting-edging science today relies on the centuries-old art of glassblowing. When researchers in chemistry, physics and medicine need special glass tools for complex experiments, they sometimes sit down with a glassblower to sketch out designs for customized beakers, flasks and condenser coils....
CTE Bill Hits Road Bump Over Restrictions on Education Secretary’s Authority
Education World  - Sep 20, 2016
The federal agency announced a set of online resources for students affected by the abrupt closure of ITT Technical Institutes..Chairman of the Senate education committee and one of the main architects behind the Every Student Succeeds Act, Lamar Alexander, has continually expressed his disappointment with the involvement of the federal government in implementing the new education legislation. ..
Education Department beefs up effort to help ITT Tech students
Washington Post  - Sep 19, 2016
The federal agency announced a set of online resources for students affected by the abrupt closure of ITT Technical Institutes.. ..
Why New Vocational Education Isn't Reaching Classrooms
The Atlantic  - Sep 8, 2016
At Urban Assembly Maker Academy, Principal Luke Bauer wanted to start a program in "interaction design"-a field that focuses on how users interact with products like computers and phones.. ..
Would CTE fit your needs? Take a look
Philadelphia Public School Notebook  - Sep 8, 2016
CTE, or career and technical education, used to be called vocational education. The varied programs available now are designed to prepare students for jobs in today's economy. In addition to traditional trades that are still in demand, such as plumbing, welding, and auto repair, CTE programs now include such fields as health-related technologies, computer systems networking, game design, and culinary arts. ..
Is Workforce Training The New Bachelor's Degree?
WUSF.org  - Aug 29, 2016
Singapore and Switzerland have at least one thing in common. Both countries boast a low unemployment rate for young adults and some researchers say that's because of robust post-secondary vocational training. Lawmakers say the U.S. needs to step up its game and follow suit.. ..
Higher ed leaders discuss vision behind workforce development
Education Dive - Sep 1, 2016
The Department of Education recently debuted a pilot program to spur public and private partnerships benefiting workforce development, an unprecedented program which will pair colleges with for-profit companies to offer degrees and job training in select industries. ..
Skills training is having a moment
MarketPlace - Aug 16, 2016
In a recent speech at a manufacturing plant in Michigan, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton got big applause for this line: “A four-year degree should not be the only path to a good job in America.”...
Career and technical education programs are in vogue. So why is it so hard to start one?
Chalkbeat - Aug 30, 2016
At Urban Assembly Maker Academy, Principal Luke Bauer wanted to start a program in “interaction design” — a field that focuses on how users interact with products like computers or phones. But last year, when he looked into turning his vision into an official, ....
Vo-tech programs now a key part of education for life
DelMarvaNow - Aug 30, 2016
Vocational courses in high school may prepare students for entry-level work or hone leadership skills for university-bound students. Vocational-technical education has come a long way since the mid-20th century. ....
ITT Tech Banned From Enrolling Students Who Receive Federal Aid
WGBH.org - OnCampus - Aug 26, 2016
In another blow to the for-profit higher education industry, the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday announced it is banning ITT Technical Institute from enrolling new students who receive federal aid,.....
A New Effort to Teach Low-Income Students Marketable Skills
The Atlantic - Aug 18, 2016
The Obama administration is rolling out an experimental plan that will allow employers and training programs to partner with accredited universities to teach students work-related skills. ....
New Strategies For Old-School Vocational Training
WBUR.org - OnPoint - Aug 8, 2016
ocational training is making a big comeback in American high schools. And it’s not just wood shop and auto repairs anymore....
Career And Technical Education In Vermont
Vermont Public Radio - Aug 18, 2016
With a tricky job market and college tuition at daunting levels, career and technical education - once called vocational education - may be looking more and more appealing to today's students....
The alternative higher education: trade school
Detroit Metro Times  - Aug 23, 2016
Graduating from high school brings about major changes, mostly concerning the future and what you will do with it. It can be a stressful and confusing time. Parents are most likely urging you to go to college ..
Vocational Education And Training: The Australian Model
Huffington Post - Jun 28, 2016
Australia has developed in the last decades one of the most admired vocational education and training systems of the world, based on various factors: fluidity between titles and certifications....
Shattering Stereotypes of Women and Girls in Non-Traditional Career Technology Education
U.S. Department of Education (press release) (blog)t - Jun 28, 2016
Although progress has been made to ensure all girls and women have access to a quality education, I am reminded that forty-four years after the passage of Title IX, there are still lengthy strides to be made; ....
TEducation Department Announces 10 Winners in CTE Makeover Challenge
EdSurge - Jun 20, 2016
MAKE SPACE FOR CAREERS: Happy National Week of Making! As the festivities kicked off last Friday, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King announced 10 winners in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Makeover Challenge....
How Community Colleges Use Job-Market Data to Develop New Programs
Chronicle of Higher Ed - Jun 20, 2016
s sites of work-force development, community colleges must be responsive to the demands of the rapidly changing job market. Now, many community-college systems are turning to job-market data that are more up to date and more precise than ever before....
AGC: 'Only a matter of time' before construction labor shortage cripples broader US economy
Construction Dive - Jun 20, 2016
North Dakota persisted in shedding construction jobs as the energy sector in the state continued its retraction. However, the AGC pointed to a decrease in construction employment and high demand for workers as signs that sluggish monthly job . ...
These Graduates Beat The Odds, Now They Need A Job
NPR.org - Jun 17, 2016
Twenty years ago, Aimée Eubanks Davis taught in a middle school that served low-income kids in New Orleans. She didn't define success in terms of test scores. Instead, she focused on the future, wanting her students to graduate from college and find a good job....
Three hard truths that will save higher education
Quartz - Jun 13, 2016
Computer skills have become essential for nearly 80% of middle-skill jobs, but according to a new report, nearly a third (32%) of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 have no work-related computer experience. ...
A state embraces the idea that not everyone needs to go to college
Hechinger Report - Jun 6, 2016
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Dasani Johnson, a sophomore at Southern High School, is using a machine to create a baseball bat out of a piece of foam. Standing over her, as she readies to start the machine, are her teacher and two classmates.....
The Education System Needs a Transformation. Career Technical Education Can Help
Real Clear Education - Jun 6, 2016
What if we had a potential answer to the skills gap, a way to engage students, and a method to ensure students are not only college, but also career-ready?....
Demand grows for career-oriented teachers
WBAL-TV - Jun 6, 2016
ESSEX, Md. —There is a growing demand in Baltimore County for school teachers with backgrounds in fields like engineering, construction management and business education......
Vocational Education Now More Than Ever
Education Week (registration required) - Jun 1, 2016
The case for vocational education continues to fall on deaf ears in the belief that without a bachelor's degree prospects for a gratifying and well-paying career are bleak ....
Determining a Student's Place
Inside Higher Ed - May 26, 2016
More community colleges are moving away from relying on placement exams alone to figure out whether incoming students need remediation, but establishing a substitute system can be tricky. ....
Career and Technical Education Offers a Promising Alternative for Students
US News - May 20, 2016
BALTIMORE--Career and technical education has reemergered in recent years as an alternative for students not interested in a typical, four-year college education. ....
Traditional college not always best path into today’s job market
The Day - May 22, 2016
Students are turning to business and technical schools that can offer them diplomas in these fields without going through four years of study and back-breaking loans. ....
Career And Technical Education: Boom Or Bust?l
NPR.org - May 14, 2016
Career and technical education in high schools has gotten lots of attention and lip service in recent years. Business and industry see it as a long overdue focus on preparing students for the world of work. Educators say CTE ....
Career And Technical Education News & Updates: Why CTE Is An Alternative Path For High School Graduates Who Think College Education Is Irrelevant
Parent Herald - May 16, 2016
Formerly known as vocational education, career and technical education is currently deemed as an alternative path for high school graduates who think college education is irrelevant. ....
It’s a Tough Job Market for the Young Without College Degrees
New York Times - May 11, 2016
For seniors graduating from the University of Michigan this month, employers have been lining up since the fall to offer interviews and boast of their companies’ benefits ....
Deep Inside New York's JFK Airport, There's A High School
NPR.org - May 6, 2016
New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport is among the busiest in the country: More than 1,000 flights touch down and take off each day. More than 50 million passengers hurry through its gates each year....
CAREER AWARENESS PROGRAM SHOWS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS NOT ALL CAREERS REQUIRE A 4 YEAR DEGREE
ABC-30 - May 8, 2016
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- With high school graduations just around the corner, and many young people are thinking about their future careers. One career awareness program has a nailing contest as part of its activities. . ..
The high school to college track — is it for everyone?
Miami Herald - May 2, 2016
Preparing high school youth for success in the world today requires a vastly different educational experience than a generation ago Choosing vocation over college should be a decision made with the same resources and in the same regard as choosing college...
Higher focus on career, vocational skills
Education Dive - Apr 28, 2016
The Associated Press reports the number of high school graduates enrolling in a four-year college directly after high school rose from 40% in 1990 to 42% in 2013. Career and Technical Education (CTE) is being revitalized.....
Supply lags booming demand for career technical teachers
EdSource - Apr 28, 2016
In appropriating nearly $1.5 billion over five years for career technical education opportunities, the Legislature made an assumption that funding would make them happen.....
Career education making a comeback in US high schools
Colorado Springs Gazette - Apr 27, 2016
ANTIOCH, Calif. (AP) - There was an emergency in Room 14. Three girls injured, one with a broken thighbone and maybe something more serious. Snapping on sterile gloves and kneeling before the worst-off patient, two 17-year-olds went to work....
Career and Technical Education a key part of revitalized ed outlook
Education DIVE  - Apr 7, 2016
It is no secret that there is a gap between the skills employers want and those recent graduates entering the workforce possess. According to a recent survey by the Business Roundtable, 95% of American CEOs believe their companies suffer from a skills shortage....
The Next Steps for Career Prep
US News  - Apr 15, 2016
Are we ready to expand career and technical education offerings as the next frontier in education policy? "College and career ready" has been an aspirational label in education for years, though many in the know recognize the label is generally used as a stand-in for the Common Core State Standards,...
The skills gap may be bigger than we think
Fleet Owner  - Apr 18, 2016
Recently, there’s been lots of talk about the growing skills gap among younger workers, especially when it comes to professions critical to this industry, such as truck technicians....
Career and Technical Education a key part of revitalized ed outlook
Education DIVE  - Apr 7, 2016
It is no secret that there is a gap between the skills employers want and those recent graduates entering the workforce possess. According to a recent survey by the Business Roundtable, 95% of American CEOs believe their companies suffer from a skills shortage....
A Push To Get More Young Women Into Trades
WGBH.org - OnCampus  - Apr 12, 2016
Amenyonah Bossman manages construction projects across the city of Boston. On most of her sites, she feels isolated. “Typically, I’m the only woman and it’s always nice when I see another female face," Bossman said standing on a construction near Logan Airport in East Boston...
Students Who Take Career, Technical Education More Likely to Graduate, Be Employed
Education World  - Apr 7, 2016
A new analysis of student data from Arkansas has found that students who are exposed to career and technical education are most likely to both graduate, pursue higher education and be employed...
Not just college: Technical education as a pathway to the middle class
Brookings Institute  - Apr 1, 2016
Education reformers are obsessed with getting many more low-income students “to and through” four-year colleges. Understandably so, a bachelor’s degree is the closest thing we have to a guaranteed ticket to the middle class. ...
State Chiefs Asked to Focus on Workforce Skill
US News  - Apr 4, 2016
As states begin taking advantage of their newfound flexibility in the federal education law by reimaging their accountability systems, they must incorporate ways to assess workforce readiness and eliminate the stigma of technical and vocational education....
A program that mixes academics with vocational training
MarketPlace  - Mar 10, 2016
More than 1,200 students come to the Carroll County College and Career Academy on any given day to take career classes. The school is west of Atlanta, near the Alabama border. Students here learn fields as varied as culinary arts, welding and auto mechanics....
What it takes to land a manufacturing job today
KPCC.org  - Mar 23, 2016
In Southern California, manufacturing work is becoming increasingly specialized, and industry leaders say job seekers often lack technical skills to land a job....
U.S. Department of Education Announces Competition for Schools to Create the Best Makerspaces
Education World  - Mar 18, 2016
The Department of Education is weighing in on what makes a great makerspace through its competition, the Career Technical Education (CTE) Makeover Challenge. "The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Makeover Challenge calls upon eligible schools to design models of makerspaces that strengthen career and technical skills through making,”...
There's Skill Involved in Solving the Skill Gap
Workforce  - Mar 20, 2016
We're facing a skills crisis in America. Nearly 15 million people in the U.S. want to work, but they can’t find jobs. And at the same time, around half of employers say they have job vacancies...
Acting U.S. Education Secretary King to Urge Reauthorization of Perkins Act at Baltimore’s Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center
US Dept of Ed - Release  - Mar 9, 2016
The Perkins Act provides more than $1.1 billion for the nation’s career and technical education programs at the 7-12 and higher education levels. The Obama Administration’s priorities for Perkins reauthorization include creating incentives for innovative high-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) program ...
Career Tech Education prepares students for future
Dayton Daily News  - Mar 5, 2016
What is the true purpose of high school? This is a question asked by students every day across our country, and the answer is simple: preparation for the future. In an era where millions of Americans are living in poverty and/or unemployed ...
Job guru: Early trades training key to career
Green Bay Press Gazette  - Feb 26, 2016
Due to employer needs, our Wisconsin economy demands a higher educated worker than a high school diploma may provide. Some of the most in-demand and well-paying jobs in our area require additional training beyond high school...
Guest Column: CTE programs prepare students for the workplace
Green Bay Press Gazette  - Feb 27, 2016
One label that gets stuck on Douglas County is the declaration that “Our schools are not producing a quality, trained workforce.” Many county educators believe it’s time to peel off that label....
Career Technical Education has transformed high school
Desert Sun - Feb 18 2016
Grant Flores didn’t take school seriously. He refers to his freshman self as a “slacked off kid," who spent more time drawing and painting than paying attention in class.....
Celebrating Career and Technical Education success
Delaware Online - Feb 18 2016
February is designated as national Career and Technical Education month, which makes it an opportune time to recognize how Delaware’s three vo-tech school districts have worked collectively to establish model tech high schools...
Outdated Pell rules may discriminate against low-income students
Hechinger Report - Feb 16 2016
John Davis had been working as a shelf-stocker at his local grocery store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for more than a decade when he realized there was no way he would be able to help his ailing mother on his salary....
10 good jobs that don't require a degree
Seattle Times - Feb 16 2016
A four-year college is not for everyone — especially given crushing levels of student debt — but finding a good-paying job is far more difficult without a bachelor's degree...
Career School Administrators Meet for Summit
GANTdaily - Feb 17 2016
STATE COLLEGE – South Hills School of Business & Technology recently partnered with the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators (PAPSA) to hold a special summit at the State College campus for career school administrators and other top ranking business leaders from across the state.....
Career & Technical Education: Not your dad’s ‘Voc-Tech’
Napa Valley Register - Feb 9, 2016
Nearly one-third of Americans with community college associate degrees or certificates make more money than those with bachelor’s degrees, according to a 2013 Georgetown University study. Once known as “Voc-Tech” (Vocational-Technical), community college Career & Technical Education (CTE) ...
Colleges can save America–community colleges, that is
Quartz - Feb 9, 2016
Rising student debt. Rigid graduation requirements. Lack of preparation for the workforce. Higher education is under fire, and students are demanding answers. ...
Advancing Career Pathways for Kids
Huffington Post - Jan 26, 2016
Two-thirds of adults do not think students are ready for the world of work once they graduate from high school. That's according to a recent poll in Virginia. Yet according to the same poll, about the same percentage of people - 64 percent - think students are ready for college when they graduate...
Career technical education is a booming $1.5B investment for California
Education Dive - Jan 28, 2016
Various technical career prep programs in California are helping high school students graduate and start careers immediately with hands-on training and experience, and the state is supporting them with $1.5 billion in backing over the next five years....
Should more kids skip college for workforce training?
PBS - NewsHour - Jan 26, 2016
Of all the U.S. high school students who graduate high school and go on to college, a large proportion will never earn their degree. How can educators better train those who may struggle in trying to pick a course of study? One solution may lie in putting greater emphasis on high school vocational training,...
State Ed. Chiefs Offer $35 Million to States for Career Preparation Initiatives
EdWeek (registration required) - Jan 22, 2016
CORRECTED A $35 million grant competition kicks off Tuesday, designed to help states build career and technical education programs that prepare students for highly skilled jobs....
Salvaging Education in Rural America
The Atlantic - Han 5m 2016
Alvin C. York Agricultural Institute sits in the heart of Fentress County, Tennessee, high on the Cumberland Plateau within spitting distance of the Kentucky border...
How Oregon is investing in the next generation of blue collar workers
PBS Newshour - Jan 3 2016
Over the next decade, economists and business leaders say America faces a shortage of millions of skilled workers for blue collar jobs as Baby Boomers retire. Now, Oregon is planning ahead by ramping up efforts to train Generation X'ers...
EDUCATION: Emphasis back on vocational classes to prepare teens for careers
Press-Enterprise - Dec 20, 2015
Jonathan Walker has a message for students who think the new welding class at Nueva Vista High School in Jurupa Valley is an easy “A.” “It’s harder than I thought,” Walker, an 18-year-old senior, said recently. “It’s a challenge. But it’s a fun type of challenge. It might even be a career for me.”...
Report: Linked learning programs lead to improved student outcomes
EdSource - Dec 17, 2015
High school students in linked learning programs are more likely to earn a diploma and are better prepared for college and careers, a new independent evaluation of programs in nine California school districts found...
Counselor: Students entering workforce need post-secondary prep too
Atlanta Journal Constitution - Dec 11, 2015
Students who don’t want to go to college should get the same focus in high school as those who are college-bound, says Sheryl Neely, an Atlanta high school counselor and winner of the national Association for Career and Technical Education Career Guidance Award.....
Closing the Skills Gap One Apprentice at a Time
IndustryWeek - Dec 14, 2015
Jeremy Diebel, a manager at MTU America, grew up in a Detroit neighborhood “where on every corner there was a machine shop.” His father worked for the Big Three auto companies. Manufacturing employment was a norm. That wasn’t the case in Aiken, S.C., where MTU in 2010 decided to open a plant to produce diesel engines. ...
Op-ed: Apprenticeships Help Close the Skills Gap
US News - Dec 2, 2015
Until recently, Preston Bailey worked for a waste disposal company as a hang loader, responsible for the safe removal of waste for businesses and homes around Detroit. The job was OK, but it paid $8.15 per hour, minimum wage in Michigan....
Vocational training: Is it enough?
Idaho Statesman - Dec 4, 2015
We need a well-trained workforce — on that most agree. But the current emphasis on vocational training and de-emphasis on “liberating” knowledge such as humanities and the arts is a dangerous tradeoff....
Technical School Gives Students Hands-On Experience
NECN - Dec 2, 2015
What do you want to be when you grow up? It's a question that looms large for kids as they get older. One Massachusetts school is giving students a chance to have some hands-on experience before they turn 18. ...
CTE degrees boost earnings gains, study finds
eCampus News - Dec 1, 2015
Students who earn degrees in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs at California community colleges see an earnings increase of approximately 25 percent, according to a new policy brief from a team at the Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis....
6 lucrative jobs you can get with an associate degree
USA Today - Nov 30, 2015
Although this generation of students is often taught that a four-year degree is the gold standard for career success, for many lucrative and stable jobs, the path happens to be just two years long. ...
Why German-Style Education Is Coming To America
Forbes - Nov 22, 2015
Minnesota State Senator Terri Bonoff gets a lot of requests to attend ceremonial openings. But when Swiss-German manufacturing company Bühler asked her to cut the ribbon at its new apprenticeship program, it sparked her interest...
Scholarships Help Drive Down Costs for Vocational Students
US News - Nov 5, 2015
Is it possible that, even in 2015, there still exists such an antiquated misconception as "scholarships are only for class valedictorians and top athletic prospects"? Unfortunately, I think that is something many still believe, and the reason that many deserving scholarship candidates never even bother to search..
Study: Young People Like Technology But Fewer Want IT Careers
Campus Technology - Nov 9, 2015
A survey of more than 1,000 people between the ages of 13 and 24 found them overwhelmingly comfortable with technology, even though a much smaller number expressed interest in careers in information technology...
The Un-College That's Training $100,000 App Developers
NPR.org - Oct 25, 2015
As one of the biggest, most successful tech companies, Google can hire pretty much anyone it wants. Accordingly, the company tends to favor Ph.D.s from Stanford and MIT. But, it has just partnered with a for-profit company called General Assembly..
Graduates of 4-Year Universities Flock to Community Colleges for Job Skills
US News - Oct 28, 2015
Liliana Ibarra's bachelor's degree in business administration from Washington State University couldn't save her from the unemployment line. Now she's banking on the idea that something else can: community college...
Should Students in “Boot Camps” Get Federal Financial Aid?
Washington Monthly - Oct 26, 2015
n the last several years, a number of companies have started short-term, intensive training programs in fields such as computer programming, Web design, and business designed to give fresh college graduates the skills they need to land lucrative jobs in growing fields...
U.S. begins pilot to let students use federal aid for training ‘bootcamps’
Washington Post - Oct 14, 2015
Ever since the federal government started granting loans for higher education, the money has only been available for traditional, accredited colleges and universities. On Wednesday, the Education Department unveiled a pilot program that could change all that....
Not Enough Cooks in the Restaurant Kitchen
New York Times - Oct 21, 2015
The drumbeat began about five years ago, as the restaurant industry started to recover from the recession. The sound was faint, but chefs noticed. Openings for junior jobs like prep cook and line cook were taking longer to fill, and the applicants had weaker skills...
States Unite to Improve Career-Technical Programs
EdWeek - Oct 7, 2015
School leaders from 17 states have signed on to a new effort to make career technical education relevant, rigorous, and accountable...
America: Abandon Your Reverence for the Bachelor's Degree
The Atlantic - Oct 4, 2015
Many high-school graduates must choose between two bad options: a four-year program for which they’re not academically or emotionally prepared, or job-specific training that might put a ceiling on their careers...
A High School Where College Is Not the Goal
The Atlantic - Sep 24, 2015
PHILADELPHIA—The halls of Randolph Technical High School looks like almost any other public school in an urban core: a labyrinth of classrooms and lockers housed in an old building, hallways loud with constant chatter and chaos as students and teachers bustle around ..
CCSSO Announces State Action to Advance Career Pathways
CCSSO Press Release - Sep 28, 2015
Washington, D.C. (September 28, 2015) -- Seventeen states are committing to reset career education by adding rigor and value to programs preparing high school graduates for high-skilled, high-demand jobs. ..
Career and Technical Education Gets an Upgrade: Case Studies From Around the World
EdWeek (registration rquired) - Sep 17, 2015
Many people are recognizing the value of high-quality career and technical education (CTE) for the nation's economic future, and several examples are well-publicized. International education consultant and former OECD analyst Vanessa Shadoian-Gersing shares how CTE models around the world ...
Vocational Training Makes for Better Paid, Better Prepared Workers
Huffington Post - Sep 22, 2015
America needs a 21st century workforce to better compete in the global economy. And the Teamsters are doing their part to make sure workers have the training they require so they can join the workforce of the future....
Senators seek tax credits for apprenticeships
The Hill - Sep 10, 2015
A bipartisan group of senators are introducing legislation to create a $5,000 tax credit for employers that provide apprenticeship programs to train workers in high-demand fields...
CTE Success Stories: Friends who bake together, dream together
Philadelphia Public School Notebook (blog) - Sep 10, 2015
It was at the Culinary Arts CTE program at Randolph Career Academy that Rahsheen Gorham and Nyia Greer first became friends. Now, as 2015 graduates, the two friends, both 18, share similar goals. The first one is to attend culinary school in Philadelphia....
Construction market update: Building projects are up, but where are the workers?
PropertyCasualty360 - Sep 10, 2015
When discussing current trends in the construction-insurance marketplace, experts agree on one thing: The greatest concern is a shortage in skilled labor to meet the growing demand in projects. “This is probably the single largest issue in the construction industry...
Vocational Education might be the right course
Reuters - Sep 3, 2015
For most students, post-high school education means just one thing: a degree from a four-year college...
U.S. manufacturers prevail upon parents to hire in-demand kids
Reuters - Sep 8, 2015
When 17-year-old Brian Dardon told his mother he wanted to pursue a career in manufacturing, she was full of apprehension. To Diane Dardon, a Protestant chaplain at a Chicago university, manufacturing meant performing rote, unskilled tasks with little job security..
Why We Desperately Need To Bring Back Vocational Training In Schools
Forbes - Aug 21, 2015
Is CTE a good idea for me? CTE, or career and technical education, used to be called vocational education. Programs available now are varied and designed to prepare students for jobs in today’s economy. In addition to traditional, but still in-demand trade...
Would CTE fit your needs? Here’s what you should know
Philadelphia Public School Notebook - Sep 1, 2015
Throughout most of U.S. history, American high school students were routinely taught vocational and job-ready skills along with the three Rs: reading, writing and arithmetic. Indeed readers of a certain age are likely to have fond memories of huddling over wooden workbenche...
Three ways community colleges plan to enhance workforce training
Sacramento Business Journal - Aug 21, 2015
A task force with the California Community College system has prepared a list of recommendations to enhance career technical training across its 113 colleges...
CTE success stories: Graduate helps youth make healthy decisions
The Notebook - Aug 25, 2015
The Philadelphia School District’s career and technical education (CTE) programs give students an opportunity to choose a career path that best matches their interests and talents, while gaining hands-on training in high school..
Eight career-building alternatives to a college education
Christian Science Monitor - Aug 14, 2015
College isn't for everyone, and as U.S. student loan debt continues to rise unchecked, many would-be undergraduates are looking for alternatives to the traditional four-year college experience. ...
Putting a Spotlight on Technical and Vocational Skills
Huffington Post - Aug 11, 2015
Every parent has a dream for his or her child, whether it's that they win the big game, excel in mathematics, become the band leader, or lead the science club...
Hands-on high school prepares students for the real world and jobs, but what about college?
Huffington Post - Aug 11, 2015
SAN DIEGO — During her junior year of high school, Grace Shefcik wrote and directed a play about the Lavender Scare, the time during the Cold War in the 1950s when gay and lesbian people lived in fear of prosecution....
Expanding Career Counseling
CTE Policy Watch Blog - Jun 19, 2015
Many students are not getting the counseling they need about career pathway options, and a new publication from SME and the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council has recommendations on ways to change that....
CTE and STEM Education: Two Sides of the Same Vital Coin
EdWeek (registration required) - Jun 19, 2015
Much work remains to ensure a fully skilled STEM workforce to anchor the nation's economic future. Yet as states, districts, and schools seek to operationalize STEM education, many are already offering innovative career and technical education (CTE) programs that impart critical academic and employability skills...
I Got a Good Job Right Out of High School Thanks to CTE
Huffington Post - Jun 11, 2015
Not many people can say they got a job -- a good job, the kind that marks the beginning of a real career -- right out of high school. But I can.s....
New standards set for ag education
Brownfield Ag News - Jun 15, 2015
The National Council for Agricultural Education released new educational standards to better prepare students for careers in agriculture, food and natural resources. The revisions include input from educators, industry and state leaders....
Partnership merges high school AP courses, applied science
in.chalkbeat.org  - Jun 2, 2015
Should top students who are interested in both career technology fields, like engineering, and advanced academic courses, like physics, have to choose between them?..
Where the Manufacturing Jobs of the Future Will Be
Wall Street Journal  - Jun 2, 2015
In a tough economy, factory work has begun to look surprisingly attractive. Though job growth is slow in U.S. manufacturing (1.5% over the past 12 months) and unlikely to speed up much in an era of increasing automation, the Labor Department estimates 320,000 positions were open in March...
Partnership merges high school AP courses, applied science
in.chalkbeat.org  - Jun 2, 2015
Should top students who are interested in both career technology fields, like engineering, and advanced academic courses, like physics, have to choose between them?..
Addressing the Inequity Gap
Inside Higher Ed  - May 28, 2015
Community colleges tend to receive the least amount of public financial support compared to other institutions, yet they are asked to push high numbers of low-income students into the middle class with few resources. A report released by the Century Foundation today -- "How Higher Education Funding Shortchanges Community Colleges" ...
Outdated vocational education needs a makeover: Guest commentary
Daily Breeze  - May 30, 2015
It’s graduation season in communities across California, that annual rite of passage when hundreds of thousands of high school seniors take those first steps, degree in hand, towards what we all hope is a bright future....
Career technical education provides alternate path to success
District Administration  - May 26, 2015
In today’s education landscape, it’s common for teachers, school counselors and administrators to encourage students to graduate high school and earn a four-year college degree. For years, we have seen this as the “right” path and perhaps the only path to success. But this one-size-fits-all approach isn’t a viable on ...
ABQ skills-based hiring gains traction
Albuquerque Journal  - May 26, 2015
Most New Mexico employers face challenges when seeking workers trained in science, technology, engineering and math, but a novel program in Albuquerque to assess worker job qualifications based on their skills rather than educational achievement may help alleviate the problem. ...
Many community college grads continue to out-earn B.A. holders a decade after graduation
Hechinger Report  - May 26, 2015
Two years ago my colleague Jon Marcus wrote about surprising research showing that many community college grads were out-earning bachelor’s degree holders. ...
Vocational degrees that pay off
Hechinger Report  - May 18, 2015
A four-year college degree isn’t for everyone. Especially for students who never liked school. The conventional advice for these folks is to master a technical skill in order to have a career more rewarding than serving fast food. ...
What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up 101
National Journal  - May 11, 2015
High school technical education programs can give students an early preview of career fields without the commitment of a formal training program.....
Study Fills Void on Wage Data for Community College Grads
Diverse Education  - May 4, 2015
Many career technical education programs show “substantial, positive earnings effects,” but a more granular look at the programs — and the characteristics and motives of students who enroll in them — is needed in order to determine which programs yield the best results....
Career High
EduPulse  - Apr 29, 2015
School districts are increasingly offering solid industry certifications to prepare students for college and career. When Rachel Rath graduates from Park Vista Community High School in Lake Worth, Florida, later this spring, ....
Vocational Education Desperately Needed
EdWeek (registration required) - Apr 29, 2015
Every time I read about the importance of a bachelor's degree, I have to wonder if advocates are in touch with reality. The argument invariably refers to the wage premium. But the wage premium is more nuanced than it initially appears..
Time to skill up, America!
CNBC - Apr 23, 2015
With the U.S. economy and job market feeling the forces of globalization and the ever-increasing pace of technological change, the key to the nation's economic success in the years to come will be a skilled, well educated and productive workforce...
Get a Jump-Start on 3 Careers in High School
US News - Apr 27, 2015
High school isn't usually a place where teens discover their future careers. "Most kids coming out of high school have no idea what it is that they want to do," says Victoria Gailliard-Garrick, director of William M. Davies Jr. Career and Technical High School in Lincoln, Rhode Island.?...
Voc-Ed Makes A Comeback
Forbes - Apr 16, 2015
San Jacinto College, south of Houston, had no choice but to schedule a 10 p.m.-to-2 a.m. welding class. That’s how many students were trying to sign up. According to The New York Times, this uptick in technical enrollment has been caused by a surging demand for young people with specialized technical skills...
Could Vocational Education Be the Answer to Failing High Schools?
National Journal - Apr 15, 2015
For years, vocational education was dismissed as a path into blue-collar jobs for students who weren't going to college. But as career-training programs have become more diverse, and educators have acknowledged the benefit of practical skills-training for a wider variety of students, perceptions of vocational education are changing....
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand pushing bill designating 25 schools as 'manufacturing universities'
New York Daily News - Apr 19, 2015
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to help colleges across the country strengthen their engineering programs. Gillibrand is making a strong push for a bill that would designate 25 schools as “manufacturing universities” and provide them with incentives to align their curriculum with the needs of modern manufacturers.....
Career Technical Education Programs Honored for Excellence
Education Week (registration required) - Apr 9, 2015
When reviewing applications for its 2015 "Excellence in Action" awards, these two programs were among nine that stood out to the selection committee of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium....
Report: Schools Should Focus More on Soft Skills
The Journal - Apr 9, 2015
A new study from Wainhouse Research finds that a large minority, 39 percent, of education stakeholders say their schools should be doing a better job of preparing students for the workforce.....
The Case for Career and Technical Education
Huffington Post  - Mar 27, 2015
Robert Reich, the distinguished author and Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration, recently published an excellent piece on why a four-year college education isn't for everyone.....
The Case for Career and Technical Education
Huffington Post  - Mar 27, 2015
Robert Reich, the distinguished author and Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration, recently published an excellent piece on why a four-year college education isn't for everyone.....
Employers Are Integral to Career-Tech Programs
EdWeek (registration required)  - Mar 25, 2015
The rapidly changing job market and the new wave of career programs taking hold in schools are offering up a new challenge for educators: how to form deeper, longer-term relationships with employers in their communities....
Why college isn't (and shouldn't be) for everyone (+video)
The Christian Science Monitor  - Mar 23, 2015
I know a high school senior who’s so worried about whether she’ll be accepted at the college of her choice she can’t sleep. The parent of another senior tells me he stands at the mailbox for an hour every day waiting for a hoped-for acceptance letter to arrive.....
Closing the gap between school and work
USA Today  - Mar 23, 2015
Dressed in hospital scrubs, Manida My heard "code blue" and saw her patient's heartbeat on the monitor. All she could think was, "What should I do?" Her first patient, "Johnny," was critically injured in a traffic accident caused by texting and driving. . ....
Employers Are Integral to Career Tech Programs
EdWeek (registration required)  - Mar 25, 2015
The rapidly changing job market and the new wave of career programs taking hold in schools are offering up a new challenge for educators: how to form deeper, longer-term relationships with employers in their communities.. ....
Masonry Competition Underscores Future Skills Shortage
NPR.org - StateImpact Ohio  - Mar 16, 2015
The days of making ashtrays for high school shop class are over. And the classes now offered go well beyond the old vocational education models.....
Stigmatized In America, ‘Blue-Collar Aristocrats' Thrive In Germany
WGBH.org  - Mar 4, 2015
Employers in America are having a crisis in confidence when it comes to college graduates and their preparation for the workplace....
Demand for Welders Resurges, Community Colleges Offer Classes
New York Times  - Mar 4, 2015
After moving heavy boxes and furniture for $15 an hour, when his introductory welding class began at 10 p.m. By the time he arrived at Lone Star College north of Houston, ....
Report: Teens Who Work More Likely To Go To College
WBAA,org  - Feb 26, 2015
The annual Kids Count report says students who have a job during their high school years are less likely to drop out and those who participate in programs that give them work experience are more likely to go to college....
Study: Strategies to Strengthen U.S. Manufacturing Could Be Learned from Germany
Quality Magazine  - Feb 26, 2015
Germany's world-class manufacturing sector benefits from powerful public-private collaborations on applied research to support innovation and a dual model of vocational education to sustain a highly trained workforce.....
College? Career Tech? In Nashville, Teens Do Both
NPR.org  - Feb 24, 2015
Schools don't like to use the V-word anymore — "vocational," as in "vocational education." Administrators say the word is outdated, along with the idea of offering job-training courses only to students who are going straight into the workforce.......
Community Colleges and the Skills Gap
NPR.org  - Feb 24, 2015
The first thing we need to do is address the skills gap in this country. Baby boomers are retiring and businesses are looking for workers who are trained in emerging technologies.This is a national trend........
Vocational Education Is Out; Career and Technical Education Is In
EdSurge  - Feb 16, 2015
Lily Mohamed works in avionics for Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., crediting the mentoring and technical skills she learned at Connecticut’s Platt Technical High School......
Where Career Tech Meets STEM Education
Middle Web Blog  - Feb 15, 2015
When writing about technology – the T in STEM – I’ve yet to mention Career and Technical Education (CTE), and some of my savvy readers have pointed that out......
States Pass Array of Policies to Advance Career Technical Education
Ed Week (registration required)  - Feb 9, 2015
State legislatures and regulatory bodies were very active passing measures to support, expand, and fund career technical education programs last year.....
Technical math classes are helping students graduate
AZCentral  - Feb 10, 2015
Devin Johnson readily admits he had no motivation when it came to traditional math classes. The strings of letters, numbers and symbols in algebra seemed pointless. And what is the use of measuring all those triangles in geometry anyway?...
How One Indiana Program Models Obama’s Plan For Skills Training
NPR.org - StateImpact Indiana  - Feb 9, 2015
It’s been six years since businesses suffered from the country’s worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Now that the economy is back on track, some employers say they can’t fill jobs fast enough....
Economists Say Millennials Should Consider Careers In Trades
NPR.org  - Feb 2, 2015
As the economy continues to recover, economists are seeing stark differences between people with high school and college degrees. The unemployment rate is nearly twice as high for Americans with a high school diploma as for those with a four-year college degree or more....
5 Alternatives to a Traditional College Educationr
Huffington Post  - Jan 20, 2015
With the rising student loan debt burden many are beginning to think "outside of the box" in terms of ways to gain an education. After all, life's lessons aren't strictly learned inside the four walls of a classroom.....
OnCollege: Consider alternatives to traditional high school experience
San Jose Mercury News  - Jan 20, 2015
For many students, the traditional high school experience is not well suited for them. Unfortunately, these students often trudge through the years getting more and more frustrated and less and less interested in education...
How can education, industry close the skills gap and fill U.S. jobs?
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel OpEd - Dec 20, 2014
It's time to end the stigma long-attached to vocational education by adapting the German approach throughout the U.S. Most Americans don't need a university ....
Guidance offered on career preparation
Ed Source - Dec 2, 2014
Ensuring schools are adequately preparing students for careers is just as important as ensuring they prepare students for college, says a new paper that proposes districts add specific career-readiness measures,...
Concerns of Career and Technical Education Teachers Voiced in Survey
EdWeek - Nov 17, 2014
While teachers are enthusiastic about the benefits of career and technical education, a new report finds that many also believe inadequate equipment and funding are hampering their programs....
The sorry state of vocational training
Hechinger Report - Nov 6, 2014
I had long been under the impression that the United States had a particular problem in providing technical and specialized professional training for students who maybe aren’t academically inclined. But it turns out the United States isn’t alone...
The Promise of Career and Technical Education
Huffington Post - Nov 15, 2014
On the surface, the latest jobs report from the Department of Labor is good news -- an estimated 214,000 jobs were added in October, which translates into 54 months of job growth, the longest streak of uninterrupted private sector job growth in our nation's history....
In South Carolina, A Program That Makes Apprenticeships Work
NPR.org - Nov 6, 2014
Several years ago, South Carolina had a problem: a shortage of skilled workers and no good way to train young people for the workforce. So at a time when apprenticeship programs were in decline in the U.S., the state started a program called Apprenticeship Carolina....
More high schools teach manufacturing skills
USA Today - Nov 12, 2014
WHEELING, ILL. — Javier Tamayo looks like a journeyman machinist as he briskly turns a wrench to replace a chipped tool in a computerized cutting device at Bridgestone's metal parts factory here....
Vocational High School Programs an Option for Teens
US News - Oct 20, 2014
For teens who desire a unique learning experience, a vocational high school program may be a good fit. In vocational high school programs – which are also known as career and technical education programs – students study a skill or trade, such as engineering or plumbing, in addition to completing academic core requirements.....
Why Germany is so much better at training its workers
Quartz - Oct 19, 2014
At last, unemployment is easing. But the latest low rate—hovering below 6%–obscures a deeper, longer-term problem: “skills mismatches” in the labor force, which will only worsen in years to come. According to the most recent figures, 9.3 million Americans are unemployed, but 4.8 million jobs stand empty because employers can’t find people to fill them.....
How Vocational Education Leads to College
Washington Monthly  - Sep 17, 2014
Often when Americans think of vocational education they tend to rather look down on it. Particularly for Americans from professional backgrounds, voc-tech signifies manual labor and the sort of classes students take when they’re not going to go to college, and when they don’t really have any options....
10 best-paying jobs that don’t require a college degree
MarketWatch  - Sep 24, 2014
As the cost of attending college increases each year, some high school graduates may wonder how well they could do without a college degree. While occupations that only require a high school diploma are often low-paying jobs, several pay well above the median wage. ....
Take a Fresh Look at Trade Careers
TeenLife Blog - Seo 5, 2014
Four years of a college education is one path to a productive and fulfilling life. But not the only one. Numerous trade professions today offer gratifying and lucrative careers. Nonetheless, many well intentioned parents, as well as teens themselves, believe white-collar work is the surest route to success.....
German-Style Training for American Factory Workers
Wall Street Journal - Sep 9, 2014
FRANKFURT—German robotics company Festo AG wants to make American factory workers more tech-savvy. As robotics take an ever more prominent role on factory floors, training workers and keeping their skills up-to-date has grown in importance......
Shop Class Makes a Comeback
Business Week - Aug 28, 2014
Two years out of high school, Evan Fischbach is earning $40,000 a year. His secret: shop class. Fischbach, 19, wanted to work on cars ever since he took an automotive class in his junior year of high school in Saline, Mich....
Vocational education is making a comeback
ESchool News - Sep 2, 2014
When you think about vocational education, you might conjure up a picture of a mechanic or a carpenter. Historically, vocational education, rooted in learning a particular skill set, was positioned in direct contrast with traditional higher-education learning, based primarily on academic theory.....
Volkswagen Brings German-Style Vocational Training To Tennessee
Nashville Public Radio - Aug 24, 2014
Volkswagen is facing what company officials call the “stigma” of vocational education and the American conventional wisdom that the pathway to a good job runs through a four-year college.....
No easy answers on “career readiness”
EdSource - Aug 24, 2014
The “career” piece of “college and career readiness” continues to challenge the state advisory committee that is charged with reworking the primary measure of school effectiveness in California....
Mentors working on work ethics
Cortez Journal - Aug 24, 2014
“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” - Anne Frank, Holocaust victim.....
It's Not a Skills Gap: U.S. Workers Are Overqualified, Undertrained
Business Week  - Aug 19, 2014
In the debate over why the U.S. has been so slow to emerge from the Great Recession, many have laid the blame on what’s become known as the skills gap: Despite an abundance of workers, too many simply aren’t qualified to fill the jobs available. ...
Rising college costs push students to technical schools
Detroit News  - Jun 23, 2014
While most high school students still plan to go the traditional route of attending four-year colleges and universities when they consider educational options after graduation, a significant number say they are open to the idea of attending community colleges and technical schools......
A Smart Way to Skip College in Pursuit of a Job
New York Times  - Jun 18, 2014
Could an online degree earned in six to 12 months bring a revolution to higher education? This week, AT&T and Udacity, the online education company founded by the Stanford professor and former Google engineering whiz Sebastian Thrun, announced something meant to be very small: the “NanoDegree.”...
5 High Pay Careers and Only 2 Years of College
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Jun 9, 2014
According to studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Georgetown University, about half of all the new jobs created between now and 2018 will go to individuals with an Associate Degree or occupational certificate. ...
More vocational school graduates opt for college
Boston Globe  - Jun 8, 2014
Education and vocation have always been intertwined for Nathan Espinal. As a student at North Shore Technical High School in Middleton, the Salem teen specialized in health assisting, with the goal of becoming a doctor...
What Career or Technical Classes Do You Wish Your School Offered?
New York Times - Learning Blog - May 13, 2014
Automotive mechanics, culinary arts, video editing or computer coding? Do you wish you were able to get hands-on training in a field that interests you while still in middle or high school?. ...
Vocational High Schools: Career Path or Kiss of Death?
US News  - May 6, 2014
When William Fuller graduates this spring, he'll be leaving with more than just a high school diploma. He'll also have a carpentry certification and a full-time job offer from his current employer, a custom cabinetmaker in Lester, Pennsylvania....
CTE: New face on an old program
Huntsville Item  - May 6, 2014
HUNTSVILLE - Vocational programs have been impacting students’ lives for decades at Huntsville High School. Many former Hornets will remember attending ag classes, business classes and home economics. ...
We'll All Be Better Off If We Can Just Agree That College Isn't for Everyone
Business Week  - Apr 23, 2014
Sometimes the national conversation gets off track. That appears to be the case with the deluge of ongoing studies, journal articles, op-eds, and blog posts debating the value of a college education....
What Obama's Manufacturing Hubs Mean for the Future of American Education
Huffington Post  - Apr 23, 2014
They're called "innovation institutes," but if President Obama's manufacturing hubs materialize as proposed, the real need for innovation will be in the education system. Outside of in-house training institutes that manufacturing companies ....
Six years for high school? Why two extra years is catching on
PBS Newshour  -
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A new six-year Brooklyn high school has been called the future of vocational education in America. TIME Magazine recently profiled the school’s concept on its cover with the headline, “The Diploma That Works,” Act...
US Rep. Kennedy promotes bill to increase funding for vocational education
Herald News  -
ATTLEBORO — U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III announced during a press conference held at Attleboro High School that he would introduce a bill in Washington to reauthorize and update the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act...
Editorial - ‘Vocational ed' gains new respect as one of many career pathways
Star News Online  -
Any path that leads to a job that pays a living wage and offers chances for advancement or even business ownership is a good career path. The world of work understands that; our public education system is better embracing that concept as well....
High School in Southern Georgia: What 'Career Technical' Education Looks Like
The Atlantic  - Mar 27, 2014
Earlier this month my wife and I spent about a week, in two visits, in the little town of St. Marys, Georgia, on the southernmost coast of Georgia just north of Florida and just east of the Okefenokee Swamp...
'Career Technical' Education: More Middle in the Middle Class?
The Atlantic  - Mar 29, 2014
Two days ago I mentioned what my wife and I had seen this month at Camden County High School, in southernmost Georgia. There all students, in addition to regular academic subjects and 20-plus AP offerings...
The Crisis We Can't Afford
Huffington Post  - Mar 25, 2014
One of the most promising experiments in American education is taking root in Chicago's South Side. The Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy is a new type of public school designed to achieve two of our country's most urgent goals...
Who should decide who is college material and who isn’t?
Washington Post  - Mar 26, 2014
College, of course, isn’t for everybody, but who should decide — and how and when — which students should go and shouldn’t? In this post, Kevin Welner and Carol Burris ask whether the decision should be made by policy makers and school officials or parents and students...
Commitment to career, technical education key to thriving workforce
Las Vegas Sun - Mar 24, 2014
Last week, I joined with Rep. John Kline of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in hosting a congressional field hearing to examine career and technical education programs in Nevada and throughout the nation....
Jobs skills high school diploma promoted
Times Union - Mar 6, 2014
Arguing that new technology requires a different kind of high school diploma, a bipartisan group of lawmakers wants the state Board of Regents to create a new Career and Technical Diploma and the curriculum to support it....
Emphasis on vocational ed
Columbus Dispatch - Mar 10, 2014
Getting Ohio youths more engaged in classes that would help prepare them for in-demand careers would benefit all: the students and their families, schools and employers who would have access to a better-trained work force...
Five Things To Know About Vocational Ed in Ohio
State Impact - Ohio - Mar 7, 2014
After a twenty year decline in enrollment, vocational education is back in vogue. As employers around the state complain about not being able to find enough qualified workers to fill the jobs they have open, schools and political leaders are starting to take notice....
Report: High school students benefit from college and technical career credit programs
NJ.com - Mar 6, 2014
A new report outlines the benefits of dual enrollment programs that allow high school students to complete post-secondary or career and technical training credits. ....
Expanding Definitions of Career Readiness
Education Week - Mar 12, 2014
The academic community has responded with vigor and good intentions to ensure our students will be college- and career-ready. In fact, 70 percent of our students enroll in colleges within two years of high school graduation, according to the Harvard Graduate School of Education's "Pathways to Prosperity" ....
VIDEO: Welding workshop shows youth the value of skilled trades
The Spec - Mar 12, 2014
Nine at-risk teens were handed guns and put to work. The guns were loaded not with bullets, however, but with opportunity. ....
Vocational Education Isn't What You Think Anymore
Fusion  - Dec 16, 2013
What used to be Dalton High School's wood shop is now free of dust. Instead, it's filled with welding stations, a 3-D printer, and a computer-controlled plasma cutter....
Not Your Father’s Shop Class
Washington Monthly - Nov 18, 2013
In recent years, employment rates among young people have declined more rapidly than among any other group—just 30 percent of teens have jobs today, compared to about 50 percent in 2001....
Michael Kerwin: The Future of Training May Be Vocational Education
manufacturing.net - Nov 19, 2013
On today’s episode we speak with Michael Kerwin, President of NTMA Training Centers of Southern California, who provides a look into the important role that vocational education will play in the future of training America’s workforce....
The Past and Future of Vocational Education
Business Week - Sep 4, 2013
The year was 1908. The location: the town of Northampton, Mass., some 15 miles north of Springfield, a major industrial city at the time. The history of Northampton, today a small city with a population approaching 29,000, is interesting...
Enstitute: The entrepreneurial alternative to college
PBS.org - Newshour - Oct 6, 2013
MONA ISKANDER: Every year, thousands of young people around the country celebrate this important rite of passage: college graduation. For generations it’s been the traditional route to adulthood and success....
How Apprenticeships Work in Switzerland
Washington Monthly - Oct 1, 2013
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new report exploring why the average college debt in New Hampshire is the nation’s highest points to high tuition, few low-cost options and limited state funding as key culprits.....
Vocational schools fight stigmas of the past
Marysville Journal Tribune - Sep 11, 2013
In the 1970s, Kim Wilson was a “vocational” student. She took a vocational business program to gain skills and work her way through school. “I had to overcome the skepticism of my school counselors and my own parents about taking a ‘vocational’ program,” said Wilson...
For Students With Disabilities, Career and Technical Education Programs Offer More Than Just a Trade
Huffington Post - Aug 19, 2013
Last month, leaders from the worlds of special education policy, research, and practice gathered in downtown Washington, D.C. for the annual IDEA Leadership Conference. The meeting's agenda featured a wide range of discussions about how various policies and programs- from preschool participation ...
New Jr. Achievement Venture Aims to Help Students Build Work Skills
EdWeek - Aug 24, 2013
Junior Achievement announced this week a new effort to help high school students identify their career interests and land a job, including how to conduct a job search and respond to common interview questions.....
O.C. high schools boost focus on career training
Orange County Register - Mar 15, 2013
For students such as Ramirez, high schools are no longer about choosing between a purely academic college-prep track and a vocational path such as auto shop that prepares them to enter the workforce after graduation...
Tech schools offer quality career options
Janesville Gazette - Mar 8, 2013
There was a time when a high school diploma was the ticket to many family-sustaining careers, allowing access to more than 70 percent of all jobs in 1973, according to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. ....
Career Technical Education Linked to Boys' High School Survival
Ed Week  - Mar 5, 2013
Making the case for career technical education, researcher James Stone III presented findings today that show enrollment in CTE is a strong predictor of staying in high school—especially for boys.....
The high-tech return of high school shop class
CNN  - Feb 28, 2013
But long gone are the days of shop class, or even "vocational training," said Stephen DeWitt, the senior director of public policy for the Association for Career and Technical Education.....
Vocational education provides opportunities for job placement
Examiner  - Feb 26, 2013
With the economy still recovering from the 2008 financial crisis, vocational education will be an important component of the recovery process. Vocational education sometimes referred to as Career and Technical Education (CTE) or Vocational Education....
The 10 Best-Paying Jobs For Community College Grads
Forbes - Dec 19, 2012
With college tuition costs skyrocketing—an estimated $1 trillion in student loan debt now exceeds credit card debt in the U.S.—many families are rethinking the traditional path to career success... .
Economic reality marries age-old idea — apprenticeships — with college
Hechinger Report - Dec 4, 2012
TACOMA, Wash. — Five-foot-two Jesica Bush exudes confidence, whether she’s scribbling notes in a 6:30 a.m. class at Bates Technical College here or wrestling 900-pound girders atop a mock two-story building.... .
A lot is new under the hood in high school auto shop classes
Los Angeles Times  - Oct 28, 2012
But auto shop's long skid in the face of budget cuts and a shift toward college-prep classes may be reversing....
Who Needs College? The Swiss Opt for Vocational School
TIME - Oct 4, 2012
As young Americans contemplate the immense cost (and considerable indebtedness) involved in a college education, it may be worthwhile to consider the options available to the Swiss—and whether they are worth importing into the U.S. In Switzerland...
Teaching for the Future: Closing jobs skills gap
USA Today - Oct 8, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS — For decades, Mike Hummon, an unemployed substitute music teacher, was frustrated in his quest to become a school band director....
Building better paths to learning beyond high school
News Observer - Sep 2, 2012
Among the many debates swirling around secondary and higher education these days, one in particular stands out in economic importance – the debate over whether we should be preparing all students or only some students for college......
Vocational schools prepare next generation of laborers
Las Vegas Sun - Sep 3, 2012
Like many of his peers, Fontenot, a Southeast Career Technical Academy student, is confident the vocational training he’s getting will help him land a job after college despite the tough economic times.......
 
 

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