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Visit ACTE website for more advocacy tools and CTE information
Visit ACTE website for more advocacy tools and CTE information

CTE is critically important to the US, and the backbone of America, to produce the talented workers that we need in the future to remain viably competitive and economically stable as a country. It is important to support and champion the critical education programs we need to build the pipeline of ready skilled workers for our future. When compared to many of our peer countries, the United States is losing ground in science, technology, engineering and math skills, as well as basic literacy, numeracy and problem solving. Shoring up those skills and training the next generation of workers to fill skills gaps will require collaboration between education and business, coupled with public policy support. Separately, these groups cannot provide the full depth and breadth of skills required for students to succeed in careers and further education. Together, they can.

CTE offers 14.4 million students a wide range of careers in entrepreneurship, automotive, architecture, carpentry, medical, food and fiber production, agribusiness, culinary arts, management and life skills, marketing, technology and engineering. ACTE (Association for Career and Technical Education) is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. It is their mission to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce.  The ACTE website contains numerous advocacy resources.  CTE professionals are CTE experts, and we need to work together to join in the work of advocating for CTE. Your local advocacy efforts are a key part of continuing the bipartisan support CTE receives in Congress.

Devin Davis Testimonial

testimonial iconWhen high school senior Devin Davis became a teen parent at 16, he thought parenting would be fun – until his son was born and reality hit. Two years later, this New Yorker has dedicated his senior project to helping his classmates make more informed decisions regarding sexual activity by writing curriculum that features Realityworks’ RealCare Baby infant simulators. Although the Centers for Disease Control report that teen births in the US have declined over the last 20 years to the lowest level ever recorded, nearly 1,700 teens ages 15 to 17 years still give birth every week. Devin, who shares custody of his now 2-year-old son, hopes to reduce the number of teen pregnancies in his school and nationwide by showing those teens – his peers – the realities of being a teen parent.

Confident you will find value and respect for this young man’s desire for his community. Click here to read, Devin Davis Testimonial-Ticonderoga NY.

America’s Skills Gap Infographic

As I was reading through Cerasis blog this afternoon, I stumbled upon the infographic below.  I felt this was a very well designed infograph taking a complicated subject matter and turning into an engaging experience. The team at Workboots.com did an excellent job of taking an extensive amount of information and placing it within a visual graph for the reader to more easily absorb the information.
America's Skills Gap

Mend the gap?

Mend the Gap2An article entitled ‘Mend the Gap: What one thing would you do to close the skills gap by 2025?’ intrigued me to continue reading when it came across my daily Google alerts.  I was pleasantly surprised when I read the byline of the article – ‘City & Guilds, in partnership with the New Statesman, brought industry and academia together….’ The information has a UK foundation, but the information documented within the article aligns with what the US is presently experiencing, also.  For example the interlinked issues in the UK featured in the article included:

  • Impact of technology, both as an enabler of new skills and as an inhibitor of job creation
  • Twin demographic of youth unemployment and an ageing population
  • Ongoing disparity of opportunity between the sexes.

Solutions within the article included ‘transforming of old careers’, ‘adapt to a changing working environment’, ‘injection of entrepreneurialism not just among students but with teachers’ and many more.
The closing of the article resonated with me.  Sir John Armitt, chairman of City & Guilds was quoted of saying, “Education should be about getting people to a point where they are going to make a real contribution to society, and that must mean a closer linkage between the education system and subsequent life.”

Take a moment and click here to read the article.  Confident you will not be disappointed.


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