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CTE Policy Watch – Expanding the Postsecondary Data Universe

From CTE Policy Watch – In addition to first-time, full-time students, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is now collecting data on three additional cohorts

First-time students attending part-time
Non-first-time students attending full-time
Non-first-time students attending part-time

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Education Dive – AACC, Labor Dept partner with industry to expand, scale apprenticeships

The day after the president’s task force convened, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos called for a “major shift” in higher education that would include a greater emphasis on apprenticeship programs at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council conference in Washington. DeVos said “we have stigmatized” career and technical education programs for years, when in reality, many students could benefit from such programs — and so could the workforce.

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CTE Policy Watch – CTE in Community Colleges: Barriers and Opportunities

The Path Less Taken: Barriers to Providing Career and Technical Education at Community Colleges argues that structures and policies disincentivize community colleges from growing their CTE programs. These barriers include state and local funding formulas that don’t account for the higher operating costs of CTE programs, and salaries that are too low to tempt instructors from industry; accreditation policies that favor academic classes and ration access to CTE programs; gainful employment regulations; credit-transfer restrictions; and business engagement challenges.

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CTE Policy Watch – Secretaries Acosta, DeVos Discuss Apprenticeships

Recently, the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion met for this first time. President Trump issued an executive order earlier this year creating it, and Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta chairs the group, while Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos serves as a co-chair. The group includes business leaders, educational institutions and industry groups.

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CTE Policy Watch – New Members Announced for President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion

From CTE Policy Watch – In June, President Donald Trump issued an executive order on “Expanding Apprenticeships in America.” As ACTE reported at the time, the order included directives intended to establish industry-recognized apprenticeships, use funding to promote apprenticeships, expand access to apprenticeships, promote apprenticeship programs at colleges and universities, recognize excellence in apprenticeships, and improve the effectiveness of workforce development program

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CTE Policy Watch – Senators Express Support for Perkins Reauthorization

Recently, a group of senators sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee in support of Perkins reauthorization. The House of Representatives unanimously passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which would reauthorize the Perkins Act, in June.

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EducationDIVE – Certificates gaining popularity, but students struggle to pay back loans

From EducationDIVE – In many states, financial aid is predominantly offered to students who are attending a college or university full-time, to encourage students to complete the traditional education track. However, more students — particularly those ready to enter the workforce in a trade or who don’t see the value of a four year degree — are seeking shorter, alternative, credentialing options including certification programs.

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New Report from EdWeek on Schools and the Future of Work

From CTE Policy Watch – Education Week recently released a multi-part special report on schools and the future of work. The series covers a number of topics related to an ever-changing workforce in the 21st century, and suggests ways educators can prepare students for future careers – many of which don’t yet exist

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New Study Finds High Quality Career and Technical Education Can Significantly Improve Student Outcomes

High-quality career and technical education (CTE) has the potential to help students achieve both of these ends, and there is increasing evidence in Massachusetts that regional vocational and technical high schools (RVTS) may be particularly effective at ensuring school completion and the earning of potentially valuable industry-recognized credentials while in high school.

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CTE Policy Watch – Innovations in CTE Highlighted at ESSA Hearing

This week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing on state innovations in education as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The passage of ESSA in 2015 marked a major step toward ensuring that all students are prepared to graduate from high school ready for college and a career.

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