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Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2020
On the federal and state levels, 2019 was an important year for Career Technical Education (CTE). In addition to creating their four-year state plans for the federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), at least 45 states and Palau enacted at least 208 policy actions related to CTE and career…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Vocational Education, Educational Finance
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2020
As the country continues to grapple with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Career and Technical Education (CTE) stakeholders around the nation are thinking ahead to what education might look like in the future. Whether schools and postsecondary institutions will be able to open fully for the next school year using social distancing methods,…
Descriptors: Communicable Diseases, Disease Control, School Closing, Vocational Education
Diemer, Kelli – Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2020
Comprehensive, high-quality career development includes work-based learning (WBL) experiences such as workplace tours, job shadowing, school-based enterprises, internships, and apprenticeships. In addition to the activities themselves, WBL is often best defined by a strong partnership between an education program, an employer, and a motivated…
Descriptors: Career Development, Work Experience Programs, Job Shadowing, Internship Programs
Akos, Patrick – Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2020
Self and career awareness breeds purpose and meaning, enhancing the self-direction and hope of youth. Early career and skill development also enable more harmonious curricular, postsecondary and future career plans. Career and technical education (CTE) leaders have an important responsibility to inform and influence elementary school systems…
Descriptors: Career Development, Career Awareness, Elementary School Students, Intervention
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
Imperatore, Catherine; Hyslop, Alisha – Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2018
The 2018 Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) quality framework is the latest step in ACTE's ongoing High-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) Initiative--an initiative designed to answer the question "What is high-quality CTE?" The framework is designed to apply to individual, local CTE programs of study…
Descriptors: Career Education, Technical Education, Educational Quality, Models
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
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