Last month, Education Week published a three-part series on CTE titled, “Career and Technical Education at a Crossroads.” Authored by associate editor Catherine Gewertz, the series was spurred by “a new wave of attention and support” for CTE.

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By highlighting specific examples, Gewertz explored various issues and challenges for CTE, including program quality, access and awareness. CTE programs in Tennessee, New Jersey and Arkansas were all featured.

The first story, “Pruning Dead-End Pathways in Career and Technical Ed.,” profiled Warren County High School in Tennessee and the school’s focus on high-quality CTE, local workforce demands and the postsecondary transition. Gewertz also reports on the state’s efforts to focus on high-quality, in-demand programs.

Next, a story featuring a marine academy in New Jersey, “Can a Career Tech Ed. School Be Too Popular?,” reviews access to CTE. Though the program yields impressive results for students and provides them with life-changing opportunities in the maritime industry, the story discusses the discrepancies between the state’s overall demographics and those of the student population, along with its highly selective admissions requirements. It also outlines some of the challenges associated with marketing and recruiting nontraditional students into CTE programs.

In the final part of the series, “Ark. Students Get Early Start on Career Planning,” the hiring of college and career coaches in nearly half of the state’s counties is examined. To help students plan for their futures and to expose them to wide variety of opportunities available to CTE students, the story considers the impact that career development professionals can have on students.

While ACTE does not necessarily endorse all of the messaging in the series, and anecdotal examples of a program or state are not always representative of the broader CTE ecosystem, the series is informative and worth highlighting. You can find all three parts of the series here.