Business partnerships are critical to the success of delivering high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study, yet building and sustaining meaningful partnerships remains one of the biggest challenges faced by state and local CTE leaders.
Advance CTE and Ford Next Generation Learning partnered to host two roundtables with employers, big and small, who are deeply involved in CTE in their communities, to learn more about why and how employers can support and strengthen CTE programs. Nashville and Pinellas County, the two roundtable sites, are recognized by Ford Next General Learning as model communities for a reason. Both of their efforts are built on strong and comprehensive strategies co-developed and co-owned across sectors, with incredible and sustained business involvement.
Drawing on these roundtables and the voices and perspectives of the participating business leaders, this brief offers successful strategies and recommendations for other communities as they consider their own employer engagement and recruitment strategies.