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Friday June 23, 2017
A Step Closer to High-Quality, Industry-Aligned Career and Technical Education Programs
Yesterday the House passed the bipartisan H.R. 2353, “The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.” This bill serves as an update to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides federal support for career and technical education (CTE) programs. Jobs for the Future (JFF) commends the House’s bipartisan efforts to update the Perkins Act, recognizing that people face a job market that is significantly different from when the Act was last reauthorized in 2006. JFF recognizes that high-quality, industry-aligned CTE programs can benefit...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Federal Workforce Policy
Friday June 9, 2017
By Deborah Kobes and Sara Lamback Women do drive trucks. But like the construction trades and several other stereotypically male jobs, truck driving has maintained stubbornly low rates of female workforce participation. Nationwide, approximately six percent of truck drivers are women1. These women drive not only big rigs in long-haul trucking, but also industrial trucks, trash and recycling trucks, and small delivery trucks. These opportunities could benefit many more women around the country because they are well-paying jobs that require relatively little education or training. The median...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Career and Technical Education
Tuesday February 28, 2017
students in classroom
The expression “building the plane as you fly” has become increasingly familiar across education. It captures the feelings of risk and uncertainty that accompany designing innovations and testing them in real time with actual participants, all while being responsible for keeping existing operations running. It reflects the idea that you know you need to try to build something different, even as you still have students on board—who enter your doors every day in need of a range of services. The risky, uncertain aspects of this endeavor feel all the more acute under the pressure of grant...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways
Monday February 27, 2017
students working
Our nation faces some daunting economic and workforce challenges, including a growing gap between the skills employers need versus those workers can offer. But there’s an upside to current conditions—an incredible opportunity to increase the diversity of our country’s talent pipeline and improve career prospects for underserved, high-need youth. The Catalyzing CTE though Pay for Success Competition, recently launched by Jobs for the Future and Social Finance, Inc., seeks to do just that. Pay for Success is an innovative public-private funding model that drives government resources toward...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways, Credentials, Opportunity Youth
Tuesday November 15, 2016
High school students participating in Del Tech's Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Program
High school students participate in Delaware Technical Community College's Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Program “Team work was what they tried to instill. I was sort of on an assembly line but not really. Everyone had their own goal. It was pretty cool. I was the one to begin the assembly and it was a $250,000 product. I always wanted to do engineering, but I didn’t know what it was. I’m going to join the Navy as an electrician’s mate and then go to college on the GI Bill.” -Nicolas Ambrosino, William Penn High School Senior, Internship, Agilent Technologies Five years ago, high school...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Work-Based Learning, Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education, Credentials, Economic Mobility, Dual Enrollment