Advocate for CTE With Issue Brief On Leadership Development
January 24, 2013
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
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
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
the brief and read more!
CTE Policy Watch Blog
Administration’s Budget Proposal Restores Sequester Cut to CTE Funding but Still Falls Short of Need
Earlier today, the Obama Administration released its budget proposal
for FY 2014. This document, normally released in February but delayed
due to the other fiscal issues in play this spring, outlines the
Administration's spending priorities for the coming year.
Duncan Talks 2014 Budget on Capitol Hill
Following the release of President Obama’s Fiscal Year
(FY) 2014 budget request on Wednesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
appeared before the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
Appropriations Subcommittee to defend the Administration’s plan for funding
education in the coming fiscal year.
In the budget proposal, the Administration suggests
funding Perkins at 1.1 billion, equal to FY 2012 levels, before sequestration.
Additionally, the budget proposes a $10 million increase for the National
Programs line item which is designated for a new dual enrollment program
focused on career preparation.
Despite requests for an overall increase in education
funding, the Administration's budget does not prioritize additional investments
to meet the growing needs in CTE. During the hearing on Thursday, both
Republican and Democratic members of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations
subcommittee expressed apprehensions about the Administration’s strong focus on
increasing funding for competitive grant programs. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT),
ranking-member of the subcommittee, talked about her concern for formula-funded
education programs, like Perkins, which largely did not receive increases in
funding. “The emphasis on competitive funding I find troubling,” said DeLauro.
“What is need is steady secure funding for all of our schools to move toward
improvement.” Federal investments in education must be directed to those areas
with a proven track record of success that provide all students with equal
access and opportunity.
Members of the subcommittee will now begin to draft an
appropriations bill that will fund Perkins in FY 2014. Let Congress know that
it is time to make investing in Perkins a