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CTE: Learning That Works for America
Skills For America's Future
NASDCTEc 2010 Vision Paper
This paper was created over the course of several months. NASDCTEc members, the CTE community – including ACTE and the CTSOs – and other education stakeholders such as the National Governors Association engaged in lengthy and sometimes even tense discussions to arrive at this vision. NASDCTEc strived to be bold and progressive there were some tough conversations about CTE’s role in the past, its status today and, most importantly, what it should be in the future. We arrived at a vision that we believe brings the entire CTE community to a new level of commitment to prepare all students for the global economy. Download it here.
ACTE Announces “Career Ready” Definition
Recently, the Obama Administration and groups such as the National Governors Association (NGA), Council of Chief State School Officers (CSSO) and other national and state policymakers have discussed the importance of high schools preparing students to be “college- and career-ready.” However, most of the discussion has centered on college readiness, with little focus on actual career readiness.
Career readiness includes: core academic skills and the ability to apply those skills to concrete situations in order to function in the workplace and in routine daily activities; employability skills that are essential in any career area such as critical thinking and responsibility; and technical, job-specific skills related to a specific career pathway.
“ACTE believes it is important to expand the conversation to include career readiness and increase the recognition of the broad range of skills students need to succeed in the global economy,” said ACTE Executive Director Jan Bray. “Career readiness, like college readiness, should be the responsibility of the entire school and education community.”
From a business perspective, the career-ready definition is critical to developing a qualified workforce. Allyson Knox, academic program manager for National Partnerships, U.S. Partners in Learning, at Microsoft Corporation commented, “Ensuring that all students possess strong academic, employability, and technical skills is critical as we face the growing demands of the global economy.”
“Today's release regarding career readiness reinforces the collective importance of academic skills, employability skills and technical skills for career success,” said Iowa ACTE Executive Director Dave Bunting, a former postsecondary administrator. “It bridges the perspectives of both employers and postsecondary institutions regarding a student's preparation for their future, and it will guide all educators in preparing students to compete in the 21st century economy."
To obtain a copy of the paper, please visit ACTE’s website at www.acteonline.org.
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