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Business Roundtable Promotes Pathways, Postsecondary and Industry Alignment

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October 17, 2013

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Business Roundtable Promotes Pathways, Postsecondary and Industry Alignment

Through member CEO feedback and interviews with education and workforce development experts, the Business Roundtable (BRT) has identified five priorities for developing a highly skilled workforce that focus on pathways and alignment to help students move through education and into the workforce with valued credentials.

The following are the five BRT priorities:

  1. Adopt and fully implement the Common Core State Standards
  2. Encourage students to study and enter careers in STEM
  3. Focus on developing effective teachers
  4. Ensure access to high-quality early learning
  5. Make sure postsecondary education and workforce training aligns with industry needs

BRT's recommended policy solutions for addressing these priorities include career pathways and learning that is aligned from K-12 education through employment:

  • Provide multiple pathways for secondary students, featuring academic integration with project- and work-based learning, career development and guidance, and opportunities to earn college credits and industry-recognized certifications
  • Introduce students early and often to STEM learning and careers
  • Encourage postsecondary schools to target credentials that are highly valued by employers
  • Help postsecondary students move at their own pace through competency-based education and prior learning assessments
  • Reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act to make it more business and performance driven
  • Reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins CTE Act, with an emphasis on alignment among secondary, postsecondary and industry

High-quality CTE programs excel at just this type of integrated, aligned learning that leads to employer-valued credentials, which we hope to see supported and expanded through the next reauthorization of the Perkins Act. See ACTE's guiding principles on Perkins reauthorization to learn more.

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