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ERIC Number: ED524810
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Expanding Opportunities: Postsecondary Career and Technical Education and Preparing Tomorrow's Workforce. A Position Paper
Visger, Brett
Association for Career and Technical Education (NJ1)
With nearly a third of all students in for-credit postsecondary education enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) programs, CTE is a valuable partner in moving reform efforts forward at the postsecondary level by providing leadership in pedagogy as well as systems-building and economic development. This enables CTE to play the role of leader and convener, engaging partners across multiple sectors in the work to improve postsecondary education. Career and technical educators are not only teaching the skills necessary for the workplace, but they are also providing the skills and the human capital students need to move to the next step in the educational system. The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) developed this paper to offer broad recommendations for improving postsecondary success through the experiences and resources of CTE. Systemic improvements to guarantee the availability of information, opportunities and access are imperative if individuals are to increase the number of people earning postsecondary credentials, which will ultimately ensure a highly skilled and well-trained workforce that is able to meet the needs of American business and industry. The recommendations presented in this paper are: (1) Establish postsecondary preparation and expectations for all; (2) Develop education systems that integrate all levels; (3) Develop curriculum and instructional offerings that link to careers, foster lifelong learning, and encourage completion; (4) Ensure portability and transferability of credits and skills attained; (5) Enhance student advising and academic and life-supports; (6) Increase financial support for low-income students; and (7) Pilot innovative approaches to funding. (Contains 32 endnotes.)
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 800-826-9972; Tel: 703-683-3111; Fax: 703-683-7424; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Career and Technical Education
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana; Ohio; Washington