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  • Business Leaders and College Grads Agree: More Workforce Prep is Needed

    Two new Gallup-Lumina polls, one of the general U.S. public and one of American business leaders, indicate that postsecondary education could be doing better at preparing students for the workforce.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 2/26/2014 2:25:11 PM

  • Community Colleges Benefit Students and the Economy

    The U.S. economy gained more than $800 billion in added income in 2012 from community college alumni employed in the U.S. workforce, according to a recent publication from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Student return on investment was $4.80 and taxpayer return on investment was $6.80 for every dollar spent on community college education.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 2/25/2014 4:22:03 PM

  • Associate Degrees, $10,000 Bachelor's Degrees Pay Off in High-demand Fields

    According to a new report from College Measures, graduates with bachelor's degrees awarded in high-paying, high-demand CTE fields from Florida two-year colleges, sometimes referred to as $10,000 bachelor's degrees, have higher median first-year earnings in comparison to graduates from the state's four-year universities--about $8,000 higher.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 2/11/2014 4:31:35 PM

  • Getting the Long-term Unemployed Back to Work

    A recent white paper from the White House examines the problem of the long-term unemployed and the Administration's take on how to get these workers back into the pipeline.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 2/10/2014 11:25:37 AM

  • Data Driven: CTE Students Develop Problem-solving, Related Skills

    CTE students, through hands-on, project-based learning, not only acquire technical and academic skills but also gain much-needed skills in problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, communications and other skills vital to the workplace. Students acquire these competencies through CTE courses, work-based learning experiences, career and technical student organization competitions and participation in school-based businesses.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 1/31/2014 11:18:53 AM

  • CEDS 4.0 Released With New CTE-Related Data Elements

    Today the National Center for Education Statistics released the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) 4.0. CEDS is a national collaborative effort to develop voluntary, common data standards for a key set of data elements across the education and workforce pipeline, including data elements with relevance for CTE, adult education and the workforce.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 1/31/2014 10:09:24 AM

  • Workforce Data Quality Update: New Report and Grants

    Recently, the Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC), a national initiative that advocates for inclusive, aligned and market-relevant data systems used for advancing the nation's skilled workforce, released an initial report outlining the campaign's five-point agenda for reform. ACTE was a founding partner of WDQC and is actively involved in pursuing the campaign's agenda.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 1/30/2014 3:45:44 PM

  • More Data Emerges on Non-degree Credentials

    A new publication from the federal Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 tracks the attainment of a variety of credentials, including undergraduate certificates, as well as workforce participation and earnings.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 1/28/2014 4:29:41 PM

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