May 24, 2022
2:00 PM ET
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. Join this webinar to gain insights on how to design high-quality, equitable pilots that recruit historically marginalized learners into secondary CTE programs.
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.
This session was the fourth 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 fourth principle of the vision, “Each learner’s skills are counted, valued, and portable” and the roles of secondary, postsecondary and workforce systems in accomplishing this principle.
This session was the third 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 were introduced to the third principle of the vision, “each learner engages in a cohesive, flexible and responsive career preparation ecosystem”. Attendees had the chance to discuss this principle in small groups and will leave this session with an increased awareness of the aspirations of this principle and strategies to apply it to their own work.
This session was the second 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 were introduced to the second principle of the vision, “each learner feels welcome in, is supported by, and has the means to succeed in the career preparation ecosystem.” Vision partners and supporters shared the ways that their organizations are identifying and dismantling the institutional and systemic barriers that limit access, opportunity and outcomes for some learners.