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Cece Hohman
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State Work-based Learning Toolkits: State work-based learning (WBL) toolkits provide guidance to educators, administrators and other career development professionals about effective WBL program implementation in that state. In June, Advance CTE created a tracker of state WBL toolkits. According to the tracker, of the 54 states and territories analyzed, 41... Continue reading
Interest In & Exposure to Careers: YouScience released results from their aptitude-based career guidance assessments taken by high school students nationwide in 2021. The analysis found that students have higher aptitude than interest in many career areas, especially those with significant predicted job growth. For example, students had more than... Continue reading
Alternative Teacher Certification: The Center for American Progress recently published an analysis of alternative teacher certification programs sponsored by organizations other than institutions of higher education (IHEs). Researchers examined the types of sponsors, states in which these programs operate and how enrollment varies by demographics to reveal the following findings:... Continue reading
Recently, ACTE published a new series of High-Quality CTE Element Fact Sheets. Each fact sheet describes one of the 12 elements and their criteria from the ACTE Quality CTE Program of Study FrameworkTM, which is an evidence-based framework that defines high-quality CTE through more than 90 criteria organized under 12... Continue reading
Analyzing Pathways Data: The Strategic Data Project at Harvard University published a CTE Diagnostic toolkit which provides guidance and examples to postsecondary leaders about analyzing student progress and success in various CTE pathways. The toolkit offers proposed questions, sample data visualizations and summaries of analyses to conduct. It is structured... Continue reading
CTE Outcomes for Students with Disabilities: In March, Georgia Policy Labs at Georgia State University published a report that analyzed participation, graduation rates and postsecondary outcomes for high school students with identified disabilities (SWD) who concentrate in CTE. Researchers examined student data from Massachusetts, Tennessee and Washington and shared the... Continue reading
State Dual Enrollment Policies: Recently, Education Commission of the States compiled dual enrollment policies across all 50 states to create a comprehensive resource that lets users explore and compare states’ policies. Included in the resource is information on student access, eligibility requirements, course offerings, funding and program quality. The following... Continue reading
Trends in Financial Aid: Recently, the National Center for Education Statistics published a report covering trends in student financial aid during the 2017-18 academic year. After examining financial aid data by type and source across 1,900 Title-IV-eligible institutions, researchers shared the following findings: Roughly 55% of students at community colleges... Continue reading
On June 21, the Department of Labor (DOL) in collaboration with the Families and Workers Fund held a summit focused on improving job quality and access to good jobs. Speakers represented federal agencies, Congress, state and local government and the workforce. To start off the Summit, Deputy Secretary of Labor... Continue reading
COVID-19 and CTE Perspectives: This March, EdChoice conducted a national survey of high school students and their parents to determine how the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted their views on post-high school plans and learning experiences. The following highlight the survey’s CTE-related findings: Since the pandemic started, the number of students... Continue reading
The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association published a free, downloadable book that provides research findings on teacher and student safety training, school district safety policies, facility safety and accidents in CTE and STEM programs with the purpose of helping educators advocate for better safety practices. The authors studied educator... Continue reading
Supporting Learners with Disabilities: Although CTE coursework can improve employment opportunities for learners with disabilities, many face barriers to access and success in CTE programs. A recent Advance CTE brief examines survey responses from state CTE directors to determine how states are leveraging Perkins V to support learners with disabilities.... Continue reading
Recently, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released its postsecondary enrollment estimates for the spring 2022 semester. While overall enrollment dropped compared to the spring prior, with community colleges representing more than half of enrollment declines, freshman and CTE program enrollment at two-year institutions increased significantly. This spring, community college... Continue reading
On May 17, the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services held a hearing titled, “Examining Ways to Improve the Juvenile Justice System and Support America’s Young People.” While this hearing mainly discussed mental health supports and facilities offered to justice-involved youth, CTE was highlighted various... Continue reading
Some College, No Credential: This month, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released their annual progress report that examines adults who have some postsecondary experience but did not earn a credential, identified as some college, no credential (SCNC) students. When looking at student enrollment records from 3,600 postsecondary institutions, researchers... Continue reading
The Coalition for Career Development Center (CCD Center) recently released their inaugural Condition of Career Readiness in the United States report, which summarizes state-level progress toward a nation in which young adults are both college and career ready. This blog post will outline the report’s key findings related to career... Continue reading
Equitable Recovery through Career Pathways: National Skills Coalition released a toolkit to help policymakers, human service agency leaders and community colleges develop career pathways systems that emphasize an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The toolkit promotes building partnerships between human service agencies and postsecondary systems to address learners’ basic... Continue reading
Registered Apprenticeships in 2020: In February, the U.S. Department of Labor released new statistics on Registered Apprenticeship programs during Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. The following highlight key points from the data: In FY 2020, there were over 630,000 apprentices, 26,000 Registered Apprenticeship programs and 82,000 graduates of the Registered Apprenticeship... Continue reading
In the fiscal year (FY) 2022 omnibus appropriations bill, Congress re-introduced the usage of earmarks, also known as “congressionally directed spending” or “community project funding”. This allows Members of Congress to guarantee funding for specific projects or grantees that would benefit their state or district. You can find an overview... Continue reading
Landscape of Non-degree Workforce Programs: Recently, the Education & Employment Research Center at Rutgers University published an issue brief that provides an overview of non-credit workforce education programs at community and technical colleges. Using interviews with administrators of non-credit divisions from 29 colleges in 28 states, the brief examines the... Continue reading
Today, ACTE released a Spanish-translated version of our “CTE Works!” fact sheet to help CTE supporters inform learners and families in the Spanish-speaking community about recent research on CTE’s benefits. This resource provides an evidence-based overview of CTE’s impact on student achievement, education and employment outcomes, and the skills gap... Continue reading
The U.S. Government and Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a study on how CTE programs are supporting learners. Researchers interviewed state education officials in Delaware, Georgia, Ohio and Washington; representatives from eight CTE program providers; 14 stakeholders such as employer partners; and individuals from six national CTE organizations. This blog... Continue reading
The recently signed fiscal year (FY) 2022 omnibus appropriations bill marked the first spending bill in a decade to include earmarks. Earmarks, also known has “community project funding” or “congressionally directed spending,” are used by Members of Congress to guarantee funding for specific projects or grantees that would benefit their... Continue reading
CTE in the High School Transcript Study: Recently, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released results from the 2019 High School Transcript Study. Researchers examined a nationally representative sample of 2019 high school graduates and the courses they took, how many credits they earned, their GPAs and their performance... Continue reading
Today, ACTE published a new “CTE Works!” fact sheet that provides an evidence-based overview of CTE’s impact on student achievement; education and employment outcomes; and the skills gap and economy. Research shows that CTE students excel in high school and postsecondary education. The average high school graduation rate of CTE... Continue reading