Career and Technical Education

A Common Framework for Employability Skills

On May 22, 2014, the Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) hosted a Webinar, “OCTAE Presents a Common Framework for Employability Skills” in order to unveil The Employability Skills Framework. The framework is an online collection of tools and resources designed to share strategies for integrating core employability skills into high-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at both the state and federal level.

CTE and College, Career, and Civic Readiness: The Role of State Boards

On May 14, 2014, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) hosted the Webinar “CTE and College, Career, and Civic Readiness: The Role of State Boards.” The objective was to ascertain and highlight the different roles state education boards play in guiding career and technical education (CTE). To achieve this objective, speakers with in-depth knowledge in these areas convened to share their experiences and practices.

Following Engineering Graduates

This study explores graduates of a baccalaureate-level program in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Engineering Technology, and aims to determine the experience of graduates after they completed their degrees and began work in the field for which they were trained. The authors surveyed on-campus and on-line graduates, and their low response rate resulted in a non-representative sample. The authors found that graduates felt the program was useful in their employment, and that they had positive perceptions of the faculty and curriculum.

Dual Enrollment: A Strategy to Improve College-Going and College Completion among Rural Students

On a national scale, rural districts face a range of challenges: declining student enrollment, declining revenues, technological disadvantages, trouble recruiting and retaining quality teachers, long student commutes, and at the high school level, providing the general academic core curriculum while also offering robust career/technical education (CTE) and advanced academic options. These challenges likewise play out in dual enrollment opportunities in rural high schools.

The U.S. Labor Market and its Implications for CTE and Pathways

The National Center for College & Career Transitions (NC3T) and the Drexel University School of Education co-hosted a Webinar on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, “The U.S. Labor Market and its Implications for CTE and Pathways”, which focused on U.S. labor market indicators of the success rate for Career Technical Education (CTE) programs.  Dr. Bruce Levine, Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of the Drexel School of Education’s Educational Policy program, and Brett Pawlowski, Co-founder of NC3T, moderated the event.

Estimating College Enrollment Rates for Virginia Public High School Graduates

This report examines college enrollment rates of 2008 Virginia high school graduates using National Student Clearinghouse and Start Department of Education data. The analysis showed that sixty-two percent of graduates enrolled in a degree-granting institution within one-year of graduation; thirty-seven percent enrolled in four-year colleges and twenty-five percent in two-year colleges. The study also found Advanced-Study Diploma graduates had a higher enrollment rate than did Standard Diploma graduates.

Cooperative and Concurrent Enrollment and College Retention

The author examined the effectiveness of the Cooperative Alliance Program (CAP) designed to encourage high school students and adult students to enter technical programs in Oklahoma community colleges. The study measured enrollment status, GPA, and hours earned of CAP students compared to a non-CAP control group. After reviewing first-year data, the author found CAP students are more likely to remain in school than non-CAP students and achieve higher GPAs.


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