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Conneely, Nancy; Hyslop, Alisha – Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2018
For nearly a century, career and technical education (CTE) programs across the United States have focused on equipping students with technical and life skills to help them become productive citizens. This brief report presents the benefits of CTE.
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Educational Benefits, Skill Development, Job Skills
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2018
In the 2018 calendar year, 42 states and Washington, D.C., passed a total of 146 policy actions related to Career and Technical Education (CTE) and career readiness, including legislation, executive orders, board of education actions, budget provisions and ballot initiatives. While roughly 100 fewer policies were passed in 2018 than in 2017, this…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Vocational Education, Career Readiness
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2017
In 2016, 42 states carried out a total of 139 policy actions relevant to CTE, including laws, executive orders, board of education actions, budget provisions and ballot initiatives. This represents an increase over 2015 activity. Several states passed packages of legislation impacting multiple elements of CTE programming, such as…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, State Policy, Educational Policy, Career Readiness
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2017
In the 2017 calendar year, 49 states and Washington, D.C., carried out a total of 241 policy actions related to CTE and career readiness, including legislation, executive orders, board of education actions and budget provisions. This is a marked increase from 2016, one that reflects the priorities of state leaders. According to the Education…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, State Policy, Educational Policy, Career Readiness
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2017
Middle school is a natural time for students to learn about careers and develop skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork through career exploration activities. This report from the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) examines different approaches to supporting career exploration in middle school and…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Career Exploration, Vocational Education, Career Planning
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2017
The Certification Data Exchange Project (CDEP) was launched in 2012 to provide a model for sharing industry-recognized credential attainment data. Increasingly, employers and education leaders are recognizing the value of industry credentials to verify the knowledge, skills and abilities that students bring to the workforce. As states take steps…
Descriptors: Industry, Outcomes of Education, Labor Force Development, Certification
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2015
Technical, academic and employability knowledge and skills are essential for youth and adults to be lifelong learners, informed citizens and prepared and adaptable members of the workforce. CTE imparts these skills through engaging, relevant hands-on learning, integrated with academics, for all students, including those living in rural settings…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Rural Education, Role of Education, Learner Engagement
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2013
American excellence and prosperity depend on developing a productive and adaptable workforce that is competitive in the global economy. Unfortunately, American competitiveness is no longer assured. Since 2008, the United States has slipped in the World Economic Forum's list of most globally competitive nations, down to number seven in 2012. An…
Descriptors: Career Education, Technical Education, Competition, Economic Development
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2012
This Issue Brief explores the promising role that career and technical education programs play in addressing key student achievement issues facing urban schools. CTE programs engage urban students by providing rigorous and relevant coursework, fostering positive relationships, establishing clear pathways and connecting education and…
Descriptors: Urban Education, Vocational Education, Urban Schools, Academic Achievement
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2012
This Issue Brief will explore the integral role that career and technical education (CTE) curricula and programs can play in addressing the leadership skills gap facing employers. CTE fosters future leaders by providing leadership training in class and through related activities, by placing students in workplace contexts where they can receive…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Leadership Training, On the Job Training, Skill Development
Association for Career and Technical Education, 2010
All too often, the terms "career ready" and "college ready" are used interchangeably, and discussions around career readiness are limited to traditional academic skills that allow students to successfully enroll in postsecondary education. While there is no debate that a rigorous level of academic proficiency, especially in math and literacy, is…
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Employment Potential, Readiness, College Preparation
Association for Career and Technical Education (NJ1), 2010
This Issue Brief will explore the essential role that career and technical education programs play in addressing many of the issues faced by unemployed and underemployed workers. These programs target the adult learner through short-term and accelerated courses; utilize flexible learning approaches to account for students' other responsibilities;…
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Retraining, Unemployment, Underemployment
Association for Career and Technical Education (NJ1), 2009
This Issue Brief will explore the key role that CTE [career and technical education] programs can play in increasing adolescent literacy engagement and achievement. High-quality CTE programs expose students to rigorous and relevant information-rich content that motivates them to develop their literacy skills. CTE teachers integrate content-area…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Literacy, Adolescents, Content Area Reading
Meeder, Hans; Hebert-Giffen, Michelle – Association for Career and Technical Education, 2009
Throughout the United States, administrators and teachers in American high schools face mounting pressure to increase the academic rigor of their curriculum in an effort to prepare students for postsecondary education and workforce success. Career and technical education (CTE) courses have often been overlooked in the public debate about making…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Recognition (Achievement), Credits, High Schools
Association for Career and Technical Education, 2009
This Issue Brief will explore the central role that career academies can play in school improvement efforts. Career academies engage a cohort group of students and staff in a smaller learning community built on a foundation of rigorous college-prep academics and career and technical education. These programs integrate relevant career themes across…
Descriptors: Career Academies, Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Academic Achievement
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