getting students engaged with work based learning

Getting Students Engaged with Work-Based Learning Opportunities

Companies across multiple industries report that they are having difficulty finding workers with the skills that their open positions require. While COVID-19-pandemic-related issues, such as lack of childcare and employee health concerns, have exacerbated the worker shortage, businesses have been challenged by a lack of skilled workers for several years. Companies such as Amazon and…

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The Costly Stigma around CTE Programs

Removing the stigma around career and technical education (CTE) benefits students, parents, and teachers. But to do so, districts must be mindful in creating a multi-faceted communication strategy. School districts can change the perception of CTE if they know how to address the misconceptions. When we look at other workforce stigmas, such as talking about…

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Facing CTE’s Most Common Challenges

When exploring the many options that public schools across the country offer, you will find that career and technical education (CTE) programs are unique and diverse in their guidelines and programming. However, there are common challenges among all programs. The first and possibly the most significant problem is the lack of trained teachers who are…

history of career technical education

A Brief History of Career Technical Education: Then vs Now

The history of career technical education (CTE) traces its origins to post-Civil War America, with the opening of the St. Louis Manual Training School in 1879 under the umbrella of Washington University. The school grew out of the non-traditional thinking of educator Calvin Milton Woodward, who believed that the traditional school model would struggle to…

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Why CTE Is So Important for Today’s Students

One of the best investments in any high school is in career and technical education (CTE) programs. Such pathways pay dividends for many critical factors, such as graduation rate and academic success. But parents and students who already expect good grades and a high school diploma might be surprised to learn that there are other…

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Career Technical Education Has a Costly Perception Issue

Despite movements to bring career education more to the forefront and promote the significant opportunities that are available to skilled laborers, the perception of career and technical education (CTE) is, unfortunately, that it’s for students who can’t make it to college. A recent survey showed that 57% of adults say that CTE is for students…