Career and Technical Education

Promising Practices in Young Adult Employment: Hands-on Multidisciplinary Career Exploration and Mentorships

As the number of young adults disconnected from the workforce continues to rise, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions Young Adult Initiatives aim to test and implement new strategies for targeting America’s young adults, ultimately seeking to develop a deeper understanding of how industry partnerships and employers most effectively engage young adults and to share this information so that employers and workforce development collaboratives across the country can access the potential of and invest in the millions of young adults across the nation.

How Ohio’s Career-Technical Education Programs Fuse Academic Rigor and Real-World Experiences to Prepare Students for College and Careers

Career and technical education (CTE) in Ohio has received a statewide renovation during the past two decades. The programs now integrate academics in a rigorous and relevant curriculum and focus on high-skill, high-demand career clusters and career pathways. CTE programs also partner with postsecondary institutions, offering students opportunities for dual enrollment so that they can graduate with college credits, a few steps closer to degrees or even employment. This report touches on the implementation of Ohio’s three-pronged CTE structure while spotlighting real student experiences.

New Pathways to Careers and College: Examples, Evidence, and Prospects

To prepare all students for success in both postsecondary education and the workforce, the high school reform debate is increasingly focused on the role of career and technical education (CTE). Programs that merge CTE, rigorous academic coursework, and career exploration opportunities, while creating clear pathways through high school, college, and beyond, are gaining momentum.

Building a Strong Relationship Between Competency-Based Pathways and CTE

On November 5, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and Achieve are co-hosting a webinar to highlight the recently released brief, “Building a Strong Relationship between Competency-Based Pathways and Career Technical Education.” This webinar will provide an overview of the many leverage points between Career Technical Education (CTE) and Competency-Based Pathways (CBP) to support states’ adoption and implementation o

How Massachusetts Vocational Schools are Preparing Students for College and Careers

With a revamped college and career focus that includes an emphasis on real-world learning, continuous improvement, and strong student-teacher relationships, vocational schools in Massachusetts have been experiencing tremendous success in preparing students for college and the workforce. This brief highlights several vocational schools in Massachusetts, exploring their programs and practices, to provide an inside look at what separates them from other vocational schools in the nation.

Strengthening Connections Between Career and Technical Education and Competency-Based Pathways

The hallmarks of career and technical education (CTE) and competency-based pathways (CBP) are remarkably similar; both approaches focus on learning in context, encourage self-directed student pathways with project-based learning opportunities, and value performance assessments that are themselves meaningful and positive learning experiences. In a CBP environment, students learn a set of skills and knowledge in a subject area before advancing to the next set—rather than moving on as part of a group whether or not they have learned the material.

Employability Skills for All Classrooms

To meet the demands of the 21st century workplace, today’s students need to master more than traditional academic skills. Future jobs will increasingly require employability skills – mastery of technology, problem-solving and communication skills, and the ability to work as a team and apply knowledge to new situations.


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