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Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2021
The year 2020 saw significant state legislative actions, executive orders, and budget provisions that had a profound impact on funding related to Career and Technical Education (CTE) and career readiness. This report from the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Advance CTE is the eighth annual review of CTE and career…
Descriptors: State Policy, Vocational Education, COVID-19, Pandemics
DeWitt, Stephen – Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2021
In recent years, there have been large investments in technology to transform learning; a multitude of tools exist today for students, parents and teachers to choose from. New technologies have been particularly useful in student career development as well (Escueta, Quan, Nickow, & Oreopoulos, 2017). These technologies have improved the…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Career Development, Technology Uses in Education, Vocational Education
Conrad, Michelle; Watkins, Larae – Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2021
The power of career and technical education (CTE) programs rests in the strength of the teachers and administrators working to provide quality CTE for students. While the scope and nature of teacher certification is fairly well documented, the scope and nature of requirements for those professionals in administrative roles in CTE is not. The goal…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Leadership, Educational Quality, Administrator Qualifications
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
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
Smith, Angela – Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2020
Twenty-six years ago, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) first introduced the term "social emotional learning" (CASEL, 2021). SEL is defined today as "the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage…
Descriptors: Social Emotional Learning, Career Development, Success, Soft Skills
Akos, Patrick – Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 2020
Collaboration is a bit amorphous, but research has highlighted important strategies and promising practices. Along with understanding the collaborative process, a deep understanding of school counseling and career and technical education (CTE) in each district is needed. For example, contemporary school counselors focus on the American School…
Descriptors: School Districts, Cooperation, Career Development, Vocational Education
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
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), 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
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