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ERIC Number: ED560998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Career and Technical Education: States Aligning Programs to Meet Workforce Needs. The Progress of Education Reform. Volume 15, Number 2
Zinth, Jennifer Dounay
Education Commission of the States
Across the 50 states, career and technical education (CTE) programs at the K-12 and postsecondary levels have seen enormous policy action - 2013 alone saw at least 78 substantive policy changes via legislation, state board rules and executive orders specific to CTE and workforce development. What are the drivers behind this sudden policymaker interest? The preambles to and legislative findings in numerous enacted 2013 bills echo a similar refrain: High-skilled workers are necessary for states to compete in a global economy. States must produce greater numbers of individuals holding industry recognized certificates to fill labor market gaps, including in high-wage, high-demand jobs. And governors in many states have made clear that CTE and workforce development remain top priorities in 2014. This year, State of the State addresses in 18 states and the District of Columbia included proposed initiatives or budget increases to expand or enhance the quality of career counseling, CTE and/or workforce development programs. This issue of The Progress of Education Reform explores recent policy trends intended to expand the number of skilled workers trained to fill high-need labor market shortages including: (1) Formalizing avenues for business and industry to inform CTE offerings; (2) Blending high school and postsecondary learning opportunities; (3) Incentivizing completion of industry certifications and credentials; and (4) Expanding opportunities for internships and apprenticeships.
Education Commission of the States. ECS Distribution Center, 700 Broadway Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: GE Foundation
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Florida; Indiana; Kansas; Louisiana; Minnesota; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Texas