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Advocate for CTE With Issue Brief On Leadership Development


January 24, 2013


By: Catherine

ACTE today released an Issue Brief on CTE’s Role in Leadership Development that explores the integral role CTE curricula and programs play in addressing the leadership skills gap facing employers. CTE advocates, you can use this short publication to illustrate to legislators, businesses and the public the importance of CTE in building leadership and other employability skills.

When employers are asked to choose which skills are most needed in today’s workplace, key employability skills like leadership often rise to the top of the list. Thirty-nine percent of human resource professionals in a recent survey reported that job applicants in their industry have leadership skills gaps, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. In addition, today’s workplace does not afford as much time or opportunity for those entering the workforce to methodically move up the corporate ladder or learn from those who have, a problem that will only be exacerbated as baby boomers begin retiring. More opportunities need to be provided within the education system for students to learn, observe and practice vital leadership skills.

The impending workplace leadership deficit and the need for the educa­tion system to address leadership deficiencies increase the importance of CTE initiatives, which provide opportunities for students to learn, observe and apply leadership in work-related situations in preparation for their future careers.

This Issue Brief examines how CTE programs provide ideal settings for leadership development through CTE coursework and activities such as Career and Technical Student Organizations as well as through the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) and postsecondary-level ROTC. Download the brief and read more!

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