As the economy and labor market continue to evolve in response to COVID-19, there are many open questions about our nation’s economic recovery, including what work will look like in the future, what jobs will or will not come back, and which learners most need support going forward. What is certain is that the economy will look different on the other side of the recovery and that communities of color have been most negatively impacted in the short term.
The 2020 elections have the potential for a major impact on policy. The national elections feature an election for president, along with elections for all seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 35 seats in the U.S. Senate. At the state level, 13 states and territories will have elections for governor and 44 states will have elections for one or both chambers of the state legislature.
Although community colleges offer many Career Technical Education (CTE) programs that lead to high-wage, in-demand careers, it can be challenging to attract and recruit students most in need of economic mobility. With community colleges likely to see dramatic increases in enrollments in the coming months, it is imperative that students from underrepresented populations and communities are prioritized – these are the populations who have been hardest hit during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis.
Employer engagement is more important than ever in light of COVID-19 (coronavirus) to ensure CTE programs remain relevant to industry’s evolving needs and learners have access to work-based learning experiences. View this webinar to learn about the new resources from The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, developed with support from Advance CTE, to strengthen employer-CTE relationships using the Talent Pipeline Management(R) process. Hear from leaders who have built long-lasting and meaningful two-way partnerships to improve both learner outcomes and industry’s talent needs.
State leaders have a critical responsibility to ensure each learner has opportunities for career success and is supported in identifying and realizing their career goals. COVID-19 (coronavirus) has exacerbated and presented new equity challenges that threaten learners' abilities to access and thrive in high-quality CTE. Hear from national experts to learn how CTE systems should be constructed to close equity gaps during and after the Coronavirus pandemic.
A review of the CARES Act in detail and it's connection to education and the workforce.
Advance CTE and the Association for Career Technical Education (ACTE) have written a letter to Congress with the CTE priorities for phase four of the stimulus package.