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Is Career And Technical Education Good News Or Bad?

Forbes – Peter Greene

“In the last two decades of education reform, a great deal of emphasis has been put on sending high school graduates to college. President Obama in his 2009 State of the Union address proclaimed that by 2020 America would “once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world” (though he hedged that a bit by later saying simply that everyone would need some kind of post high school education.) We’ve repeatedly used college enrollment and completion as a measure of K-12 success. While the modern reform movement paid lip service to “college and career,” policies have always suggested that college is the superior part of that team.” (more)

The Future Of Work Demands A Good Education

Forbes – Adi Gaskell

“Whilst there is no shortage of attention being given to this problem, it’s a problem that has so far stumped officials around the world. If the last few years have taught us anything however, it’s that this is a problem that urgently needs tackling, especially as the economic and technological factors that have fostered the power of cities is only likely to exacerbate things in the coming years. Until then, the best approach seems to be to do all you can to get the kind of education that will enable you to ride these waves rather than be consumed by them. Easier said than done, of course, but the wait for policy makers to come to your rescue may be a long one.” (more)

For Career and Technical Education Success, Employer Involvement Is Key

Education Next – Ramin Taheri

“What does it mean for students to be “career ready”? It should mean they’re prepared to enter the workforce with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive, ideally in fields that pay enough to support a family. But too often career-preparation programs fail to live up to their name. Many of today’s CTE students learn skills that are no longer relevant, or they obtain credentials that don’t matter to employers. The result for students can be dead-end jobs and unemployment. For employers, it can mean shortages of qualified workers, diminished productivity, and underperforming regional economies.” (more)

Is Career and Technical Education Just Enjoying Its 15 Minutes of Fame?

Education Next – Frederick Hess and RJ Martin

“Over the past couple years, career and technical edu­cation has garnered a lot of attention. Politico reported that 49 states and Washington, DC, enacted 241 career and technical education–related laws, executive actions, and budget provisions in 2017. The National Governors Association has tagged career and technical education as one of its 12 priorities, and Jobs for the Future has observed that career and technical educa­tion “has become the ‘next best thing’ in high school reform.” A 2018 AEI study found that career and tech­nical education was the only education issue a majority of gubernatorial candidates supported. Meanwhile, a 2018 analysis reported that the number of high school students concentrating in career education rose 22 percent, to 3.6 million, during the past decade.” (more)

What STEM Companies Can Do To Build A More Gender-Balanced Workforce

Forbes – MeiMei Fox

“Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation is a non-profit organization that uses 100% of its donations to fund young scientists in pursuing innovative cancer research. Since its founding in 1946, the Foundation has invested over $360 million in funding more than 3,700 researchers. As the President and CEO of Damon Runyon, Dr. Yung S. Lie is making it her mission to promote STEM education and encourage more women to enter into science, technology, engineering, and math-related careers. She is well on her way. Today, approximately 42% of Damon Runyon’s 212 actively-funded scientists are women, which is well above the world average of 30%.” (more)

How do schools train for a workplace that doesn’t exist yet?

The Hechinger Report – Caroline Preston

“We’ve all heard the dire predictions about the coming robot apocalypse. Automation threatens 47 percent of jobs. As many as 800 million people worldwide could be displaced and need to find new jobs by 2030. Middle-class families will be hit the hardest. Chris Burns has heard these sorts of predictions, too. He’s also seen just how fast changes are happening in his own industry, information technology. Burns works for a business near Cincinnati that sells cloud computing and other technology services, and he says there is a big shortage of skilled IT employees both nationally and in his metro area.” (more)