We have compiled a list of highlights in Career Technical Education (CTE) from this week to share with you.
CAREERS IN CONSTRUCTION MONTH
This week we have kicked off Careers in Construction Month. Take the pledge to engage with students about the opportunities in the construction industry this October.
MANUFACTURING DAY 2020
MFG Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers byencouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions aroundthe nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and communityleaders. #MFGDay20 @MFGDAY@TheMFGInstitute@ShopfloorNAM @cmta pic.twitter.com/Ps4Ikrn2m7
— MBC Aerosol (@MbcAerosol) September 30, 2020
Today is #MFGDay20, a celebration of US manufacturers aimed at inspiring the next generation of skilled workers. NC manufacturers are building that next generation through apprenticeship. 63% of youth apprentices are in advanced #manufacturing, the most of any industry sector. pic.twitter.com/d7o4eesXFm
— ApprenticeshipNC (@ApprenticeNC) October 2, 2020
AWARD RECIPIENT OF THE WEEK
During the recent AlabamaWorks! Virtual Conference, recipients of the first AlabamaWorks! Innovator Awards were recognized. These awards recognize individuals in the state of Alabama that are innovatively advancing workforce and career opportunities.
Adopted from AlabamaWorks!
Tiger Mochas is a collaborative effort between special education students, FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) members and peer volunteers at Auburn High School. This student-led organization is serving up a lot more than hot cups of coffee to their peers because through their work, students are provided meaningful, hands-on work experience that teaches important functional, social and daily living skills. Graduates of the program leave with not only work and employability skills, but in-demand soft skills that will help them succeed in life and work.
More on each award recipient can be found here.
CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) announced the Rethink Adult Ed Challenge to advance pre-apprenticeships. Eligible AEFLA-funded organizations are now invited to submit preliminary designs of a program that is innovative, aligned to industry demand and provides support to program participants as they move into apprenticeships and the workforce. For more information, register for the virtual information session held October 15, 2020.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE OF THE WEEK
On October 1, the president signed a stopgap funding bill, avoiding a government shutdown since federal funding expired on September 30, 2020. The Senate passed this continuing resolution (CR) on Wednesday in a bipartisan vote of 84-10, following the House vote on the CR last week. This bill (H.R. 8337) extends federal funding at the currently enacted levels through December 11, 2020 for all 12 appropriations bills, including Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Ed). All education programs will continue at the currently enacted funding levels through the duration of the CR.
Follow the CR and more legislative updates here.
RESOURCE OF THE WEEK
Kansas designed the Excel in CTE initiative to help more learners enter high-wage, high-demand careers by providing funding for industry-recognized credentials and allowing secondary students to access CTE dual enrollment opportunities. Since the program was launched in 2012, Kansas has seen dramatic increases in the number of high school students earning industry-recognized credentials and postsecondary CTE credit.
View the full policy profile in our Learning that Works Resource Center.
Brittany Cannady, Digital Media Associate