From CTE Policy Watch:

ACTE’s fall reading list includes a variety of reports and resources relevant to CTE.

Dual-enrollment Differences: A longitudinal study has found that dually enrolled students are more likely to earn a postsecondary certificate or degree than those who did not pursue dual enrollment. However, there are significant variations across states and between higher and lower income students.

Manufacturer Awareness: Kentucky manufacturers are largely unaware of the career readiness assessments used in the state education system, according to interviews with Kentucky manufacturing firms and a literature review conducted by CNA Analysis & Solutions. In addition, the research found that manufacturers are unsure about the trustworthiness of many non-degree credentials. They do, however, know and respect hands-on education programs such as Project Lead the Way and local CTE programs.

College Decision-making: According to a survey from Strada Education Network and Gallup, when choosing a college major, individuals are most likely to turn to advice from family and friends, followed by formal sources such as counselors, informal school-based sources such as teachers, and finally informal work-based sources such as industry experts, employers and coworkers. However, advice from informal work-based contacts is rated as most helpful.

Local Sector Partnerships: States are increasingly investing in local sector partnerships, as reported by the National Skills Coalition (NSC). In their latest 50-state scan, NSC has identified 32 states with policies to support local sector partnerships and 22 that provide funding for these partnerships, a significant increase from two years ago. Much of the increase in funding is from use of the Governor’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Reserve Funds.

Good Jobs: The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce has supplemented its recent Good Jobs That Pay Without a BA report with a state-by-state analysis that finds that workers with associate’s degrees are getting good jobs in every state. Learn more at GoodJobsData.org, an interactive website of national- and state-level data that users can sort by industry, occupation and education level.

Disseminating LMI: Labor market data is essential to ensuring that CTE programs are relevant to local and regional need, but a myriad of barriers exist to accessing, analyzing, disseminating and incorporating this data into program planning. Advance CTE has released a new guide to help state and local leaders develop LMI dissemination strategies for industry partners, local education leaders and learners, featuring examples from Nevada, Kentucky and Washington. The publication is part of the New Skills for Youth initiative, a partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers, Advance CTE and Education Strategy Group, funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co.