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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
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Twenty-seven percent of U.S. adults had an industry certification, a license or a postsecondary certificate in 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. This includes 18 percent with a license, 6 percent with a certification and 8 percent with a postsecondary certificate (some people had more than one... Continue reading
The federally appointed Commission on Evidence-based Policymaking has released their final publication, which recommends repealing bans on the collection and use of data, including student data, and supports sharing state earnings data as evidence of program effectiveness. According to the Commission, almost two-thirds of the public comments it received were... Continue reading
ACTE has updated its Sector Sheet on CTE’s role in developing the information technology (IT) workforce with the latest on labor market demand, talent shortages and exemplary CTE programs. Demand in IT is continuing, with a 12-percent increase in employment projected through 2024. Forty-one percent of U.S. tech firms are... Continue reading
As summer wanes, we’re catching up with surveys and reports relevant to CTE that have come out in the past few months: According to an EdWeek blog, high-risk students are significantly more likely to graduate if they attend a career academy, specifically the NAF (National Academy Foundation) program: 10 percent... Continue reading
A recent Business Roundtable survey of CEOs has identified three major categories of skills lacking in the workforce: Fundamental employability skills, including basic math, technical reading, communication, teamwork and problem solving Specialized skills in the trades, such as tool and die making, welding and electrical STEM skills, particularly in cybersecurity,... Continue reading
State strategies to support rural CTE programs are the focus of a new brief from Advance CTE. After describing the challenges of rural CTE—including a lack of resources, fewer local postsecondary institutions with which to partner and limited employers to support work-based experiences—the brief profiles how Nebraska, South Dakota, Idaho... Continue reading
At the end of August, a sample of CTE educators nationwide will begin receiving packets with questionnaires for CTE students and teachers. Continue reading
2017 has been a busy year for state CTE policy—and it’s only August! Below is a sampling of state legislation, board of education actions, governor’s initiatives and more that are relevant to CTE. Continue reading
The United States has 30 million "good jobs"—characterized by median earnings of $55,000—for individuals without a bachelor’s degree. Continue reading
The nation needs a learning and earning exchange to guide individuals in making education and career decisions Continue reading
New research describes how CTE and apprenticeship can align to the benefit of students. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
Forty-two governors have delivered their 2017 State of the State addresses, and CTE has emerged as a principal issue. Continue reading
How can short-term programs be evaluated to ensure they provide a quality experience and positive outcomes for students? Continue reading
CTE students have dramatically increased their postsecondary enrollment since the 1990s, particularly students earning more CTE credits. Continue reading
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
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
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