The Importance of Career & Technical Education

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The Importance of Career & Technical Education により Mind Map: The Importance of Career & Technical Education

1. Topic #1 The New CTE

1.1. Career and Technical education get a bad reputation. but while the critics will say that it pulls some from a college education there are many more soft-spoken voices that will testify to the enormous importance that CTE has in our daily lives as well as our futures whether it be further education or the workforce.

1.1.1. Those that actively participate in CTE programs while in secondary school programs learn skills such as:

1.1.2. 1. Better work ethics because of the long hours needed.

1.1.3. 2. Learning social skills that will help with relationships between students, peers, and instructors

1.1.4. 3. Learning to find and create creative funding for the activities we choose to participate in.

1.1.5. 5. Serving others as well as learning to be mentored and becoming a better student.

2. Topic #2 Career Ready

2.1. Becoming Career Ready entails many more things then just learning hot to get into your chosen career field. currently many individuals are taught "you can do what ever you want" but are inevitably not taught the skills to to so.

2.1.1. These skill sets are broke into 3 catalogs that define the needed skills we need to become what we want. 1. We need the ACADEMIC SKILLS.           Students need to be able to apply academics in context, and some academic skills need more attention and development. For example, employers often cite deficiencies in English and written communications, such as memos, letters and complex technical reports. these are the types of real world applications that students will learn with the CTE programs 2. EMPLOY-ABILITY SKILLS              These skills include (but are not limited to) critical thinking, adaptability, problem solving, oral and written communications, collaboration and teamwork, creativity, responsibility, professionalism, ethics, and technology use 3.TECHNICAL SKILLS       In order to actually be considered ready to enter a career, an individual must also possess at least some level of job-specific knowledge and skills

3. Topic #3 Economy

3.1. CTE has evolved to suit our ever changing economy.  No longer will it be known as the Traditional Vocational Education that was only for For specific students with limited program areas with a focus on specific   occupational skill set.

3.1.1. The New Career and Technical Education of our Economy is: •  For all students  •  Integrated with academics in   a rigorous and relevant   curriculum •  High school and post-   secondary partnerships   providing pathways to   employment and/or   associate, bachelor’s   and advanced degrees Because of this new evolution... CTE Provides College Readiness CTE Leads to Meaningful Degrees and Other Credentials CTE Produces Career Readiness

4. Topic #4 Skills Gap

4.1. The host of the hit tv series called "Dirty Jobs" Mike Rowe knows a thing or two about the skills gap. because we as a culture have convinced our children that only a 4 year degree will get you anywhere in life, jobs that are considered Dirty are growing sparse of the needed individuals that fill the voids. some of these jobs are welders like myself, or heating and cooling technicians or even plumbers.

4.1.1. Because these job and many more like them that are vital for our economy are considered hard, dirty, and undesirable they are not filled as fast as our student load debt amounts. this creates a skills gap, if if you want the better paying welding job, you lack the skills to do it.

5. Topic #5 Arizona

5.1. Arizona among other states has taken initiatives to combat the skills gaps other states now experience.

5.1.1. There is now a large number of Arizona based programs that work along side the high schools and other traditional education programs. these programs allow students to still attend their academic classes while also having the opportunity to learn skills based on CTE standards.

6. Topic #6 Tools for Career Exploration

6.1. Oregon state is another state that has taken initiative to offer alternative option for students. these options help students even at a young age learn and decide what career they may be interested in.

6.1.1. One of the ways the state impliments these options is with Career Pathway Certificates. which are less than one year programs that help you advance your employment and education.

6.1.2. Mike Rowe in collaboration with the Discovery Education program has a site that is very well designed as well as very user friendly. the site allows an individual to discover ones skills to fill a job or learn what skills they still need for that particular job. check it out at:

7. Topic #7 Project Search

7.1. The Project SEARCH is yet another CTE based information program that focuses on a High School Transition Program which is a unique, business led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace.

7.1.1. These real-life work experience prgrams help youth with significant disabilities make successful transitions from school to adult life.

7.1.2. One of the large benefits of this program is participants experience total immersion in the workplace. Students are on site at the business each school day for a minimum of six hours for an entire academic year.

8. Topic #8: Five Ways that Pay Along the Way

8.1. The report, "Career and Technical Education: Five Ways That Pay Along the Way to the B.A.," describes in detail the current five pathways that provide career and technical training: employer-based training, post-secondary certificates, registered apprenticeships, industry-based certifications, and associate degrees.

8.1.1. To strengthen the nation's career- and technical-education system, the report recommends that the federal government establish a "learning and earning exchange" that "can bring transparency to the relationship between career and technical education and the labor market." In addition, it calls for the creation of specific "career- and technical-educational programs of study that integrate high-school and post-secondary curriculum with employer-based training."

8.1.2. "We need more pathways to post-secondary education," Mr. Carnevale says. "Without that, we are creating a class-based society in America."

9. Topic #9 International

9.1. One of the goals of career and technical education (CTE) is to provide multiple pathways to success.

9.1.1. While working toward more effective systems in the United States, we can learn from colleagues and peers in other countries who have collaborated across industries and sectors to create highly effective CTE systems or otherwise known as (VET) Vocational Education and Training systems that provide multiple on-ramps and no ceiling for students. 1. Switzerland. which uses a buy-in of all stakeholders, including 66 percent of young people, who at the age of 15 or 16 can choose a "VET pathway" instead of the traditional university pathway 2. Singapore Officials there set out to build three VET institutions, called Institutes of Technical Education (ITE), all of which were designed to have the look and feel of a university and specialize in different areas. Students are given the chance to receive in-depth training in a career area. They leave fully trained, certified and ready to work.