September 06, 2022
3:00 p.m. ET
In June 2022, the United States Senate confirmed Dr. Amy Loyd as the new Assistant Secretary of the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education. This webinar features a conversation between Assistant Secretary Loyd and Advance CTE’s Executive Director, Kimberly Green. Together, they will have a far-reaching and engaging discussion that will explore Dr. Loyd’s pathway to her current position and her goals for her tenure at OCTAE.
Join this lunch and learn to engage with Advance CTE staff and leading states to discuss solutions to effectively and equitably communicate the value of Career Technical Education (CTE) in your state.
What is the role for states in recruiting more learners to Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, and how can community partners support that role? This webinar featured two states - Maryland and New Hampshire -with emerging practices to sustain long-term engagement with both learners and employers to increase enrollment in CTE programs.
States have an important role in building systems that ensure each learner feels welcome in and supported to succeed in CTE programs. Equitable recruitment practices can empower local systems to increase access, enrollment and completion.
Across the country, new approaches to virtual and remote Career Technical Education (CTE) during the coronavirus pandemic provided opportunities for learners to access courses or engage with industry experts when they could not before. As learners become increasingly mobile and not place-based, lessons learned from these solutions borne out of crisis should be leveraged to increase access to high-quality CTE programs in the future.
The continued impacts of the pandemic on learner engagement and postsecondary enrollment have heightened the importance of integrated career advising systems. Those systems can ensure each learner has the supports to explore careers and navigate educational pathways. As part of this work, states must examine and improve equity and alignment among systems that deliver college and career advising, academic experiences, career exploration and skillbuilding.
As we enter the third year of the coronavirus pandemic, it is clear that employers across multiple economic sectors remain challenged due to the lack of a skilled labor pool to fill the existing skills gaps. Skills-based hiring offers the opportunity to confront degree inflation, expand talent pipelines and support economic growth in the face of systemic social inequities. It evaluates employees and new hires based on their skillsets instead of their work histories and/or education credentials exclusively.
Increasing the racial and cultural diversity of the educator workforce takes a statewide commitment to analyze current educator workforce data and demographics compared to the populations of students being served. State leaders can play a critical role in advancing policies to ensure there is greater alignment between the educators and the learners they teach. Recruitment and retention of a high-quality and diverse educator pool provides many benefits that contribute to learner academic and career success.
Each year, Advance CTE and ACTE track and analyze state policy to prepare a Year in Review: State Policies Impacting CTE report. While 2021 was marked by significant and necessary coronavirus pandemic-responses, states were surprisingly active in enacting policy actions impacting Career Technical Education (CTE). Last year 41 states enacted 138 policy actions that will impact millions of CTE learners in secondary and postsecondary systems.
Braiding funding provides states with a unique opportunity to support equitable career pathways by leveraging a variety of funds, systems, people, and other resources in combination with one another to build a connected and aligned career preparation ecosystem.
This session is the final session in Advance CTE’s Lunch & Learn series focused on exploring each of the principles from Without Limits: A Shared Vision for the Future of Career Technical Education. Attendees will be introduced to the fifth principle of the vision, “Each learner can access CTE without borders” and the role each stakeholder has in accomplishing this principle.