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Advance CTE hosts webinars on a variety of topics and pressing issues of interest to the CTE community. These webinars bring Advance CTE staff together with leading experts from across the nation to share their expertise on issues including policy, research and best practices.

Recent Webinars

February 18, 2020
State Policies Impacting CTE: 2019 Year in Review
On the federal and state levels, 2019 was an important year for Career Technical Education (CTE). In addition to creating their four-year state CTE plans for the federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), at least 45 states and Palau enacted at least 208 policy actions related to CTE and career readiness. This webinar from Advance CTE, ACTE and Education Commission of the States unpacks findings from the 2019 Year in Review: State Policies Impacting CTE report.
December 17, 2019
Postsecondary Program Quality in Colorado and Illinois
In 2018, Advance CTE, with generous support from the Joyce Foundation, began working with the Colorado Community College System and the Illinois Community College Board to examine program quality at the postsecondary level. Using Advance CTE's Policy Benchmark Tool on CTE Program Approval, both states evaluated approval processes at the state level. Each state identified strengths and areas for improvement and made changes accordingly.
December 12, 2019
A Look Back at States’ Impact through the New Skills for Youth Initiative
In 2016, JPMorgan Chase, in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers, Advance CTE and Education Strategy Group, launched the New Skills for Youth initiative to accelerate state-led efforts to strengthen career readiness opportunities for youth. Through the initiative, 10 states were selected to receive $2 million each and hands-on technical assistance and coaching to develop and execute their action plans.
November 26, 2019
2019 ASCA and Advance CTE Webinar Series: Student and Families’ Attitudes about Career Technical Education
School counselors have a vital role in helping students and their families understand the options Career Technical Education (CTE) offers. In this webinar, you will get a deep dive into how to better communicate about the value of CTE with families. Learn about a national research study on student and parent perceptions of CTE, what families want to hear about CTE programs of study and how to incorporate the findings into career advisement activities.
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November 22, 2019
Leveraging Perkins V to Improve CTE Programs in the Juvenile Justice System
This webinar from Advance CTE and the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center will examine how state leaders can leverage the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) to improve Career Technical Education (CTE) programs in their juvenile justice systems.
November 19, 2019
2019 ASCA and Advance CTE Webinar Series: Career Exploration and Development with a Focus on Implicit Bias

A successful career advising and development system must respond to learners’ interests and provide career awareness and exploration for all – not just those enrolled in career technical education (CTE). Such a system must seamlessly span the full career advising and development continuum from elementary through postsecondary and include wraparound services, accelerated learning strategies and connections with local employers to ensure smooth transitions into the labor market.

October 29, 2019
2019 ASCA and Advance CTE Webinar Series: CTE Opportunities and Ecosystem
School counselors are the most trusted sources of information for students and their families when considering education and career options. As such, it is important to understand all the educational pathways available to students, including career technical education (CTE). CTE can help set up students on a path to a successful high-demand, high-skill career. However, families do not have a full understanding of the various components and benefits of a high-quality CTE program of study along with CTE’s intersection with workforce demands and labor market information.
October 22, 2019
2019 ASCA and Advance CTE Webinar Series: Use Labor Market Information in Career Advising
Workforce needs have changed dramatically over the past few decades, and a high school diploma isn’t sufficient for most careers providing family-sustaining wages. This is rooted in the global shift from an industrial to knowledge-based economy. Many communities are facing a misalignment between college degrees and labor market needs, so students aren’t prepared for careers that are high-wage, in-demand and high-skill, and employers cannot find qualified employees.
May 01, 2019
An In-Depth Discussion of How Aligned Is Career and Technical Education to Local Labor Markets?

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute recently released a new report, How Aligned Is Career and Technical Education to Local Labor Markets?, which raises a number of questions for and about our nation’s Career Technical Education (CTE) system and its alignment with labor market demand. Hear directly from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute about their research approach and major findings from this report, as well as Advance CTE’s reactions and areas of agreement and disagreement.

April 24, 2019
Developing Credit for Prior Learning Policies to Support Postsecondary Attainment for Every Learner

As colleges seek to improve completion rates, awarding credit for prior learning is becoming an important strategy to help more learners complete degrees in a timely and cost-effective way. Listen to this webinar to find out more about credit for prior learning – college credit granted for knowledge and skills gained outside the classroom.