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Catherine Imperatore
Alexandria, VA
Research manager at ACTE. I write ACTE publications, follow data and research related to CTE and workforce development, and work with several projects to improve data sharing across education and workforce systems. You can reach me at cimperatore@acteonline.org
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Counselors for about three-quarters of public high school students report that those students were required to have a graduation, career or education plan. Continue reading
Between 3 and 5 percent of Americans with a college education have stackable for-credit credentials. Continue reading
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States are using program approval and review processes to develop programs of study and career pathways aligned with postsecondary and labor market opportunities, as described in a new brief from Advance CTE, developed through the New Skills for Youth initiative. Raising the Bar: State Strategies for Developing and Approving High-quality... Continue reading
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ACTE’s take on federal CTE policy—past, present and future—is featured in a new issue of the Peabody Journal of Education dedicated to CTE. Continue reading
This week, we’re catching up on recent publications about skills in the service sector, how community colleges can participate in WIOA, the powers of data visualization and strategies for helping adult learners transition to postsecondary. Continue reading
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Community colleges fulfill several missions for a diverse student population. The graduation rate of first-time, full-time students doesn’t tell the full story. To help community and technical colleges better illustrate the impact they have, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center has identified three important categories of metrics: College Persistence: For... Continue reading
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Forty-two governors have delivered their 2017 State of the State addresses, and CTE has emerged as a principal issue. Continue reading
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How can short-term programs be evaluated to ensure they provide a quality experience and positive outcomes for students? Continue reading
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CTE students have dramatically increased their postsecondary enrollment since the 1990s, particularly students earning more CTE credits. Continue reading
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Work-based learning helps students apply and extend classroom learning, gain motivation and understanding, explore careers and develop critical understanding of the work environment. Continue reading
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Today, ACTE and Advance CTE released their fourth annual report, State Policies Impacting CTE: 2016 Year in Review. The report identifies and summarizes nearly 150 CTE-related laws, executive orders, boards of education actions, ballot initiatives and budget provisions passed across the country last year. We found that last year, 42... Continue reading
More than 800 programs failed to meet gainful employment standards, according to the Department's first release of debt-to-earnings rates. The vast majority of these underperforming programs—98 percent—are offered at for-profit colleges. Continue reading
What states have policies for stackable credentials, integrated education and training, and alignment across education and other services to support career pathways systems? National Skills Coalition has the answers, with a set of state scans released in December. These briefs include short descriptions of the relevant policies in each state.... Continue reading
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Increasing high school students’ access to industry experts is a key priority across states, according to a new report from Advance CTE, and alternative teacher certification approaches are not enough to fill the gap. The State of CTE: Increasing Access to Industry Experts in High School, developed in partnership with... Continue reading
What states have policies for stackable credentials, integrated education and training, and alignment across education and other services to support career pathways systems? National Skills Coalition has the answers, with a set of state scans released in December. These briefs include short descriptions of the relevant policies in each state.... Continue reading
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Six in 10 high school students are planning to pursue a career related to the CTE area they are studying. Continue reading
How much are students earning after they’ve achieved postsecondary certificates from various U.S. institutions? New data released from the Department of Education, based on information reported for gainful employment regulations, can begin to answer that question. According to the data release, which encompasses about 3,700 postsecondary institutions, graduates of certificate... Continue reading
ACTE's latest Sector Sheet explores CTE's role in preparing students with the technical, academic and employability skills needed to serve our country in the military's most in-demand occupations and its role in helping veterans transition into the civilian workforce. Continue reading
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Ninth-graders overwhelmingly name parents and family as having the strongest influence on their thinking about careers, at 41 percent.[i] Where do high school students turn to help them decide on careers? Despite anecdotes about the influence of TV shows and celebrities on career decisions, data from the National Center for... Continue reading
Learn how Florida, Kansas and Louisiana are validating industry certifications through intensively vetted lists, carefully crafted incentives and transparent processes. Continue reading
Individuals who earned short-term postsecondary certificates in the Health Professions Pathway (H2P) initiative often continued their education, pursuing longer-term certificates and associate degrees, found a study of H2P, which brought together community colleges, community agencies and employers through a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant. An Inside... Continue reading
The high school graduation rate continued its rise to 83.2 percent in the 2014-15 school year, an increase of four percentage points in four years. Continue reading
What credentials should an individual earn? How do credentials impact employment and earnings? What about these newer types of credentials, like digital badges? Continue reading
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Did you know that job opportunities are predicted to increase by more than 13 percent in the next few years for writers, multimedia and graphic designers, and audiovisual equipment technicians? Continue reading
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Results are in from a demonstration project on helping states streamline veterans’ access to credentialing and licensing. Continue reading