Items of Interest in CTE and Workforce Development


Items of Interest in CTE and Workforce Development

First-Generation Students College Access, Persistence, and Postbachelor’s Outcomes (U.S. Dept. of Education STATS IN BRIEF, Feb 2018, NCES 2018-421). Among other findings, the report notes that “three years after first enrolling, comparatively more first-generation students who began postsecondary education in 2003–04 had left postsecondary education without earning a postsecondary credential (33 percent) than had their continuing-generation peers whose parents attended some college (26 percent) and whose parents earned a bachelor’s degree (14 percent).”

A recent study titled Gender Equity in College Majors: Looking Beyond the STEM/Non-STEM Dichotomy for Answers Regarding Female Participation suggests that women often choose their college major based on perceived gender bias again women in those majors. “Results suggest the need to incorporate major-level traits in research on gender gaps in college major choices and the need to recognize the impact of perceptions of potential gender discrimination on college major choices.”

In Demand: Clean Energy, Sustainability and the New American Workforce, a recent report by EDF Climate Corps, “details the status and growth of clean energy and sustainability jobs in the U.S., highlighting quality jobs in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, alternative vehicles, and energy storage and advanced grid sectors. Additionally, the report discusses the role of businesses and government entities as catalysts for the clean energy economy. Individuals working in these sectors are featured throughout.”

Nudging to STEM Success, a joint project of Jobs for the Future and Persistence Plus, uses mobile technology to increase community college completion, especially among STEM students. Students receive "nudges" via text messages to help them deal with the challenges of college, succeed in STEM studies, and progress toward college graduation.

IBM CEO President Ginni Rometty's Open Letter promotes training for "new collar" jobs, in which skills are more important than degrees.

Opportunities for Connecting Secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) Students and Apprenticeship Programs. This report, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education and prepared by Advance CTE with support from Jobs for the Future, Vivayic, and RTI International, profiles eight secondary apprenticeship programs to identify strategies for connecting CTE with apprenticeship programs. The report classifies each program as either an apprenticeship, youth apprenticeship, or pre-apprenticeship and maps each by the degree of instructional alignment and program articulation. delivers resources, strategies, and models for improving and expanding technician education programs. The website contains curriculum, professional development materials, videos, and a large one-of-a-kind research publication collection specific to technician education. National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF/ATE) projects can post their events on this site 24/7. provides faculty development opportunities for teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The Texas Education Agency has developed a work-based learning course titled CTE Work-Based Learning. This course introduces basic laws, rules, and procedures relevant to teaching career and technical education (CTE) courses that involve work-based learning (WBL) at the secondary school level in Texas. Because state and federal laws change frequently, this course also explains how to find current laws, rules, and guidelines related to WBL.

Germany’s Dual Vocational Training System: A Model for Other Countries? A study commissioned by the Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Connecting Community Colleges with Employers: A Toolkit for Building Successful Partnerships (July 2017), a new toolkit by Elizabeth Mann

State Directors and State Leaders Campaign Mobilization Roadmap. Published by

CTE on the Frontier: Catalyzing Local Efforts to Improve Program Quality. This brief, the first in a series on rural CTE access and quality, explores strategies states can use to improve the quality of local CTE programs to meet industry and student needs.

Millennial Women Have Yet to Recover from the Great Recession is a new fact sheet that looks at young women of different age brackets by race and ethnicity.

EdgeFactor and Manufacturing Day. Based on Edge Factor films and TV shows, eduFACTOR empowers you with tools to make learning relevant, engage students, reach parents and make your events sizzle. From STEAM and CTE, to careers and advanced manufacturing, eduFACTOR equips you to spark your audience’s imagination. The Rock MFG Day Kit is a turnkey package of media and interactive resources that you can use to host and enhance your Manufacturing Day event!

2017 US Perception of The Manufacturing Industry. Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute’s sixth U.S. public opinion snapshot of manufacturing.

America’s Advanced Industries: What They Are, Where They Are, and Why They Matter. Published by the Brookings Institution.

Implementation of a Work-based Learning Model for High School Students in Northeast Ohio: A Working Guide. Published by The Manufacturing Institute.

Marketing and Outreach to Business on Apprenticeship. Published by WorkforceGPS.

Global Competence Through CTE Toolkit. A free professional development course and toolkit was released to help educators address a critical imperative: to prepare all students for work and civic roles in an environment where success increasingly requires the ability to compete, connect, and cooperate on an international scale. Created by the Center for Global Education in partnership with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Advance CTE and supported through the generosity of the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF), “Global Competence Through Career and Technical Education” is a customizable, 10-12 hour, online course and toolkit for middle and secondary school CTE teachers.

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