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Catherine Imperatore
Alexandria, VA
Research director at ACTE. I conduct research, provide technical assistance, write publications, and follow data and research related to CTE and workforce development. You can reach me at [email protected]
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Today ACTE published CTE: Developing the Arts, Media and Entertainment Workforce as part of our revamped series of Sector Sheets describing CTE’s role in growing the workforce for vital industry sectors. The Sector Sheet series is published with support from ACTE's long-time partner Pearson. This Sector Sheet describes how CTE... Continue reading
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Today ACTE is releasing CTE: Developing the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Workforce, the latest in our revamped series of Sector Sheets describing CTE’s role in growing the workforce for vital industry sectors. The Sector Sheet series is published with support from ACTE's long-time partner Pearson. These revised Sector... Continue reading
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Today ACTE is releasing CTE: Developing the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Workforce, the latest in our revamped series of Sector Sheets describing CTE’s role in growing the workforce for vital industry sectors. The Sector Sheet series is published with support from ACTE's long-time partner Pearson. These revised Sector... Continue reading
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ACTE has published CTE: Developing the Biosciences Workforce, the latest in our revamped series of Sector Sheets describing CTE’s role in growing the workforce for vital industry sectors. The Sector Sheet series is published with support from ACTE's long-time partner Pearson. These revised Sector Sheets include job opportunities in each... Continue reading
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Today ACTE and Advance CTE released the 11th annual State Policies Impacting CTE: Year in Review report, marking the start of a second decade of insights into CTE policy trends at the state and national levels. In 2023, 47 states enacted 115 policies affecting CTE and career readiness, including legislation,... Continue reading
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ACTE and Advance CTE have released the second set in a new series of joint publications that address how to support each of the nine Perkins V special populations and other underserved learner groups. The Maximizing Access & Success for Special Populations in CTE series features strategies, reflection questions and... Continue reading
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ACTE has released CTE: Developing the Aerospace and Defense Workforce, the latest in our revamped series of Sector Sheets describing CTE’s role in growing the workforce for vital industry sectors. The Sector Sheet series is published with support from ACTE's long-time partner Pearson. These revised Sector Sheets include job opportunities... Continue reading
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While 51% of secondary CTE concentrators were learners of color in 2021–22, only 13% of CTE educators in public schools were people of color in 2020–21. Today, ACTE and Advance CTE released a new report, State and Local Strategies for Diversifying the CTE Educator Workforce (full report and executive summary),... Continue reading
Overall postsecondary enrollment in fall 2022 continued to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, led by community colleges. Enrollment across the entire postsecondary sector declined by 0.4% from fall 2021 to fall 2022 – a smaller decline than the decrease seen from fall 2020 to fall 2021 and much less than... Continue reading
Each year, Advance CTE and ACTE track and analyze state policy to prepare a Year in Review: State Policies Impacting CTE report (coming soon!). State CTE policies in 2023 proposed a variety of funding mechanisms and other legislative changes to address national challenges that have impacted state economies, labor market... Continue reading
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ACTE and Advance CTE have released the first set in a new series of joint publications that address how to support each of the nine Perkins V special populations and other underserved learner groups. The Maximizing Access & Success for Special Populations in CTE series features strategies, reflection questions and... Continue reading
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Today ACTE has released CTE: Developing the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Workforce, the seventh in our revamped series of Sector Sheets describing CTE’s role in growing the workforce for vital industry sectors. The Sector Sheet series is published with support from ACTE's long-time partner Pearson. These revised Sector Sheets include... Continue reading
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This month, high school CTE teachers around the nation will begin receiving packets of questionnaires as part of ACTE’s continuing partnership with myOptions® Encourage® (formerly myOptions) and its College and Career Planning Program. This no-cost program helps you discover your students’ interests, future goals and postsecondary preferences. It also provides... Continue reading
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The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act was signed into law five years ago today, amending the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and creating what we know as “Perkins V.” States and local CTE programs have made great strides in implementing the law... Continue reading
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Today ACTE has released CTE: Developing the Construction and Architecture Workforce, the second in our revamped series of Sector Sheets describing CTE’s role in growing the workforce for vital industry sectors. The Sector Sheet series is published with support from ACTE's long-time partner Pearson. These revised Sector Sheets include job... Continue reading
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ACTE is launching a revamp of our popular Sector Sheet series that describes CTE’s role in growing the workforce for vital industry sectors. Today, we’ve published the first of these updates, CTE: Developing the Energy Workforce. The Sector Sheet series is published with support from ACTE's long-time partner Pearson. The... Continue reading
This week, the U.S. Department of Education launched the Career Z Challenge, a multi-phase prize competition to expand high school student access to high-quality work-based learning (WBL). Perkins-eligible schools, districts and consortiums are invited to share their ideas for creating or enhancing WBL opportunities in CTE programs. Eligible entrants will... Continue reading
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Today, ACTE and Advance CTE released their tenth annual report, State Policies Impacting CTE: 2022 Year in Review. In 2022, 36 states enacted 123 CTE-related policy actions across five categories: Industry partnerships and work-based learning Funding Access and equity Data, reporting and/or accountability Industry-recognized credentials The Year in Review publication... Continue reading
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ACTE has updated its fact sheet about the economic benefits that CTE programs have for learners and communities across the country. The Investing in CTE map shows just a sampling of CTE's financial impacts across different states and localities: Five years after earning a CTE credential in Ohio, on average,... Continue reading
Today, the U.S. Department of Education released data from states’ Consolidated Annual Report (CAR) submissions for program year 2020-2021 – the first year that states reported performance data under Perkins V. Today’s release includes CTE participant numbers, CTE concentrator numbers and CTE concentrator performance on the Perkins accountability indicators, including... Continue reading
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Much of the data we have about the experiences and outcomes of high school students taking part in CTE come from the National Center for Education Statistics’ high school longitudinal studies. Now, NCES is launching a new version of these studies, the High School & Beyond Longitudinal Study of 2022... Continue reading
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Lessons in Collaboration and Innovation: The Impact and Promise of the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment, our new report co-published with Advance CTE, concludes with six recommendations for state CTE leaders to consider as they support the second round of CLNAs: Put equity at the center of the CLNA. Continue to... Continue reading
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This fourth blog post in our CLNA series based on Lessons in Collaboration and Innovation: The Impact and Promise of the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment, our new report co-published with Advance CTE, explores the role of equity in the first CLNAs. Many states went above and beyond minimum federal requirements... Continue reading
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This third blog post in our CLNA series based on Lessons in Collaboration and Innovation: The Impact and Promise of the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment, our new report co-published with Advance CTE, explores data benefits and challenges of the first CLNAs. Several state and local CTE leaders shared with us... Continue reading
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This second blog post in our CLNA series digs into one of the key challenges that CTE leaders shared with us for Lessons in Collaboration and Innovation: The Impact and Promise of the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment, our new report co-published with Advance CTE – the authentic engagement of a... Continue reading