Caralee Adams -- Making the case for career technical education, researcher James Stone III presented findings today that show enrollment in CTE is a strong predictor of staying in high school—especially for boys.
Students at Herman Secondary School in Windsor, Ontario, are learning metal-cutting through a partnership of the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and local machining, and tool and die shops. Students in the program say it could help address a shortage in the area of young workers with technical job skills. The program allows students to earn credits toward a general machinist's apprenticeship, while earning a high-school diploma.
Mechatronics is a new, interdisciplinary field involving mechanical, instrumentation, electronics, robotics/automation, computer components and control systems. Systems are networked together to meet the demands of highly automated manufacturing processes and technicians are trained to master the necessary skills.
Life in the 21st Century places many demands on students. Enabling students to become self-confident, internationally-minded learners must be integral to their education. The IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC) is a new qualification that increases access to an IB education and is specifically designed to provide a flexible learning framework tailored by the school to meet the needs of students and the local community as well as the world beyond.
Jay Mathews -- Many American adolescents don’t want to go to college. They reject as boring and aggravating the Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and other college-level courses offered to them in high school. Yet, they need reading, writing, math and time-management skills for good jobs or trade school slots when they graduate. How can they be persuaded to acquire them?
The vocational agriculture program operating within the Yukon School District has been accused of ripping off — or “skimming,” as it's called — at least six parents of thousands of dollars since 2010. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is finalizing a report in the inquiry.
Bridging the Divide between College and Career Readiness outlines a set of strategies state and district leaders can leverage to ensure the implementation of Common Core State Standards engages, informs, and benefits from the career and technical education (CTE) community, a critical partner in the broader college- and career-ready agenda.