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  • CTE Credentials Lead to Big Earnings

    Lessons from College Measures, based on tracking return on investment data for postsecondary education from five states, won't be a surprise to CTE advocates: the value of short-term credentials; the importance of field of study to later earnings; and the wage potential of the T and E in STEM.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 9/10/2013 9:48:39 AM

  • Common Education Data Standards Feedback Needed

    The draft of the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) version 4 has been released for public comment. CEDS 4.0 includes over 40 new and revised elements related to CTE teachers, students and programs, including  professional/technical credentials, teacher certification, and work-based learning.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 9/9/2013 11:21:42 AM

  • CTE Can Help Graduates Stand out on the Job Market

    In a short publication, Georgetown researchers seek to set the record straight on the annual summer spike in unemployment rates. According to Carnevale, Cheah and Gulish, this is an annual cycle of recent college graduates flooding the job market in the summer, temporarily bumping up unemployment rates, then being absorbed into the labor market in the fall.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 9/3/2013 5:24:40 PM

  • Public Perceives a Lack of Workforce Preparedness in U.S. Schools

    In two recent U.S. public opinion polls, less than half of respondents reported that students are being well prepared for the workforce.  This lack of confidence in students' career readiness points to a need for more high-quality CTE, which excels at preparing youth and adults for college and career through its integrated approach to technical, academic and employability skills.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 9/3/2013 5:27:07 PM

  • Pathways Programs Hold Their Own Despite Funding Challenges

    Pathways programs are holding steady or growing, despite funding challenges, reported respondents of a survey conducted by the National Center for College and Career Transitions. This view from the field is generally positive, while showing areas in which there is room for improvement.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 9/3/2013 5:25:17 PM

  • Many Parents Want CTE in Schools, Study Finds

    Results from a Fordham Institute online survey of 2,000 American parents found that respondents largely want the same things for their children from education: a strong core curriculum in reading and math; an emphasis on STEM education; and the instilment of strong study habits, critical thinking skills and communication skills. In addition, out of a battery of potential school characteristics deemed critical by parents, "hands-on/project-based learning" and "vocational classes or job-related programs" were ranked more critical than average.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 8/30/2013 1:29:41 PM

  • ACT Report: Mismatch Between Student Interests and Job Projections

    2013 ACT-tested graduates continue to struggle to meet ACT's benchmarks for readiness, while expressing little interest in STEM and fast-growing career fields. These findings were highlighted in ACT's most recent publication on The Condition of College and Career Readiness.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 8/27/2013 2:10:58 PM

  • CTE: Growing the Advanced Manufacturing Workforce

    ACTE has launched the first in our new Sector Sheet series, CTE: The Key to Economic Development in Advanced Manufacturing, which explores advanced manufacturing career opportunities and describes CTE's role in growing the qualified workforce for advanced manufacturing.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 8/20/2013 10:41:19 AM

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