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Career and Technical Education

The Promise of Career and Technical Education

Randi Weingarten | Posted 11.15.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Policymakers, business, labor and community can come together to make CTE a thriving component of our 21st-century education system -- and with it, an engine that helps more young people have access to good jobs and the American dream.

Preparing Students for 21st Century Jobs at McDonald's

Alan Singer | Posted 10.30.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

On the NOCTI exam 13% of the questions on the test are on the identification of Hand Tools, Herbs, Spices, and Flavorings; 13% are on Knife Skills; and 74% are on Cooking Skills.

Maximum Heart Strings, Robotics, and the Minimum Wage Debate

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 08.02.2014 | Business
Wendy N. Powell

In our hashtag world, the debate rages on about increasing the federal minimum wage. Proponents of raising the minimum wage in incremental increases f...

Is Shop Class the Answer?

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

While encouraging more students to pursue a technical degree may seem attractive for the short term, the long view suggests that a wholesale shift away from encouraging all those who can to pursue a college degree will significantly affect their career longevity.

Allies in Addressing the Nation's Skills Gap

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 06.17.2014 | Education
Dr. Bill R. Path

It is going to take more than finger pointing and misdirection to solve the workforce problems before us. We still have too many employers with technical jobs they cannot fill and too many unskilled job seekers without suitable employment.

The Global Search for Education: The World Test?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.15.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"The more important questions that countries have to ask themselves are why they are comparing with one another and what they are doing with the find...

Connecting Students to the Workforce in Washington, D.C.

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 02.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Part of the problem in D.C., and nationwide, is the stigma that comes from not pursuing a traditional, college-oriented high school diploma. Our obsession with four-year colleges is certainly one of the reasons why disconnected youth see dropping out as their only other option.

Closing the Opportunity Gap

Alex Wirth | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Alex Wirth

This month's release of the Opportunity Nation index highlighted a figure we should all be concerned about: 5.8 million young people ages 16-24, one in every seven, are neither working or in school.

Joy Resmovits

Why Obama Is Suddenly Starting To Care About Career Education

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

DAYTON, Ohio -- On a gusty, rainy, recent afternoon, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sat on stage next to two students, an administrator and a...

The Remarkable Sister Mark - Technical College Grad is Meeting Dental Needs in Africa

Lee Rasch | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact
Lee Rasch

For well over a dozen years, thousands of people received dental care from a very remarkable woman in Shisong, Cameroon. In the late 1990s, the Terti...

For Students With Disabilities, Career and Technical Education Programs Offer More Than Just a Trade

Todd Grindal | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Todd Grindal

Career and technical education deserves a place in any discussion of how schools can better support students with disabilities in high school. Students with disabilities face many challenges as they prepare to enter an increasingly competitive labor market.

Two High School Tracks With Diverging Goals

The Technician | Posted 05.07.2013 | College
The Technician

I'd like to know what McCrory wanted to do when he was entering high school as a teenager. I agree with the General Assembly that the state needs to train workers for technical fields, but education -- in its foundation -- should not be viewed as a means to end of training laborers.

The College Path Is Not the Only One

The Technician | Posted 04.27.2013 | College
The Technician

By Trey Ferguson Not everyone needs a college degree. This is a tough pill for most of us to swallow, due to the educational path we have chosen, b...

Two Year Colleges Are the Bridges

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 02.11.2013 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

The least college ready students deserve the means to secure a bright and rewarding future for themselves just as much as the most college ready students do. We don't just build the bridges -- we ARE the bridge.

Schumer Proposes Tech Diplomas To Produce Skilled Workers

Posted 01.15.2013 | Education

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is urging the New York Board of Regents to approve two initiatives that he says will improve graduation rates and reduce y...

Enterprising Pathways to the Middle Class

John Bridgeland | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education
John Bridgeland

Despite the challenges, America has an opportunity to restore the path to the American Dream and strengthen our country's economic competiveness by creating new enterprising pathways for students.

Educating the Next Generation to Compete in the Clean Energy Economy

Kate Gordon | Posted 10.27.2012 | Green
Kate Gordon

At this pace, we will fall well behind the competition -- and forfeit lucrative jobs in the process. What does this mean? Americans run the risk of consigning another generation to low-skill, low-wage jobs -- and higher rates of poverty.

Parents Rise In Protest Against Career-Technical Education

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 09.16.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. SAN DIEGO -- Career and technical education has come a long way since the days when studen...

Department of Education Recommits To Career And Technical Training

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 07.24.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Sayre Quevedo The United States Department of Education recently issued recommended reforms for Career and Technical Education (CTE). The proposa...

New Video Game-Themed High School Program May Be A Hard Sell

Posted 09.12.2012 | Education

Never mind video games getting in the way of homework or learning time. At one Florida school, video games are homework. A new magnet program at M...

Diane Ravitch Calls Herself A Voice For Teachers, In A Cruel Reform Movement

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Robyn Gee Professor Diane Ravitch is a big voice in education policy and a huge critic of No Child Left Behind. Yet, as former Assistant Secreta...

Expert Says "College Ready For All" Will Not Solve Dropout Crisis

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 03.21.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Robyn Gee Could being on the high school football team prepare you just as well for the workplace as taking an advanced placement class? By forci...

How the U.S. Can Become a Manufacturing Powerhouse Again

Joe Astroth | Posted 08.31.2011 | Education
Joe Astroth

Over two decades ago when the U.S. shifted its investment from a manufacturing economy to one focused on the financial and technology industries, education followed suit.

Vocation Matriculation: The Case For Trade Education In High School

Ilana Garon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Ilana Garon

Although education is certainly a factor in paving the road to economic recovery, college is not the right path for everyone.

Building Schools that Work

Ed Schmidt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Ed Schmidt

In 1902 Booker T. Washington was at the dedication of a school in the District of Columbia. The school, the Armstrong Manual Training Academy, had be...