Technical and Adult Education

Integrating Employability Skills: A Framework for All Educators

The CCRS Center, in partnership with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) and RTI International developed this Professional Learning Module (PLM), to support regional comprehensive centers, state educational agency staff, and state regional centers in building their knowledge and capacity to integrate and prioritize employability skills at the state and local levels.

Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) administers, coordinates programs that are related to adult education and literacy, career and technical education, and community colleges.

Perkins Collaborative Resource Network

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) is responsible for helping all students acquire challenging academic and technical skills and be prepared for high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations in the 21st century global economy.

The State of Career Technical Education: Increasing Access to Industry Experts in High Schools

This report from Advance CTE, in partnership with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, examines the shortage of industry experts in secondary classrooms and how to address it. The report draws on data from two national surveys — one of 47 state CTE Directors and one of 260 local CTE teachers and administrators from 26 states — to identify common barriers and innovative strategies. While many states use alternative certification policies to bring industry experts into schools as full-time teachers, this report explores other strategies that meet the available capacity of industry experts still working in their field, such as allowing experts to teach part-time or co-teach with a fully certified teacher of record.

State Policies Impacting CTE: 2016 Year in Review

Advance CTE and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) released the fourth annual review of Career Technical Education (CTE) and career-readiness policies in the states and territories. The report highlights notable policy changes in each state, including new legislation, board rules, executive actions, governor-led initiatives and ballot measures. While CTE policy stalled on the federal level with an attempted reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, states continued to take the lead in shaping CTE in 2016. Across the board, lawmakers and education policymakers sought to develop career pathways for learners of all ages and strengthen the workforce pipeline for employers and industries.

In 2016, 42 states carried out a total of 139 policy actions relevant to CTE — an increase over 2015 activity. Several states passed packages of legislation impacting multiple elements of CTE programming, such as Virginia, California, Indiana, and Idaho, while Iowa took a deep dive into redesigning secondary CTE and career development. Funding was the leading category of policies passed in 2016, consistent with the past four years. Other popular policy categories for 2016 include industry partnerships and work-based learning; dual and concurrent enrollment, articulation, and early college; and industry-recognized credentials.

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