The Manufacturing Institute and eduFACTOR Partner to Engage Teachers and Students with Cutting Edge Technology

The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, is pleased to announce a new Dream It. Do It. collaboration with Edge Factor’s eduFACTOR. Dream It. Do It. is a national network that works to change the perception of the industry and engage next-generation workers to pursue manufacturing careers. eduFACTOR is a membership-based library of media and interactive resources used by educators to inspire youth.

With this new collaboration of two powerful networks, teachers will have the opportunity to access technology and career pathways videos, CNC and 3D printing projects, event kits, virtual field trips, interactive classroom and STEM activities, CTE training success videos, and other tools to help reach parents and students across the country.

ADVANCE CTE Recognizes Eleven Model Programs of Career Technical Education

Advance CTE's selection committee chose 11 programs for their track records of blending demanding academic work with work-based learning and internships created in partnership with business and community organizations. “CTE should prepare all students for success in both postsecondary education and careers, and these programs of study do exactly that,” said Kimberly Green, Advance CTE Executive Director. “The eleven award winners were chosen, in part, due to their dedication to ensuring access to and supporting success for all students. We hope these programs of study serve as a model for leaders across the country by demonstrating what high-quality CTE looks like and can offer to students and communitiesHere is the list of winners, along with the career cluster each one represents.

Transforming Education for All Learners through Career Technical Education

Putting Learner Success First: A Shared Vision for the Future of CTE is a call to action for leaders, policymakers, employers and practitioners across the nation to commit to creating a high-quality education system where all learners are prepared for a lifetime of future success in high-skill, in-demand careers. Eight organizations release a shared vision for this future of education and CTE. Putting Learner Success First is the result of the Future of CTE Summit, a Fall 2015 convening hosted by partner organizations that brought together national, state and local leaders representing K-12 and postsecondary education, workforce development, business and industry, and the philanthropic community. Together, participants developed a shared understanding of the current CTE landscape, and thought boldly and strategically about how CTE can strengthen and expand its contribution to the transformation of the educational enterprise, so that all learners are successful in the future.

Leveraging Federal Funds to Support STEM Education

The U.S. Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague Letter to states, school districts, schools and education partners on how to maximize federal funds to support and enhance innovative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for all students.

The letter serves as a resource for decreasing the equity and opportunity gaps for historically underserved students in STEM and gives examples of how federal funds—through formula grant programs in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act—can support efforts to improve instruction and student outcomes in STEM fields.

Career and Technical Education in High School - A Fordham University Study

Fordham’s latest study, by the University of Connecticut's Shaun M. Dougherty, uses data from Arkansas to explore whether students benefit from CTE coursework—and, more specifically, from focused sequences of CTE courses aligned to certain industries. The study also describes the current landscape, including which students are taking CTE courses, how many courses they’re taking, and which ones.

Key findings include: 

  • Students with greater exposure to CTE are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in a two-year college, be employed, and earn higher wages.
  • CTE is not a path away from college: Students taking more CTE classes are just as likely to pursue a four-year degree as their peers.
  • Students who focus their CTE coursework are more likely to graduate high school by twenty-one percentage points compared to otherwise similar students (and they see a positive impact on other outcomes as well).
  • CTE provides the greatest boost to the kids who need it most—boys, and students from low-income families.

Due to many decades of neglect and stigma against old-school “vo-tech,” high-quality CTE is not a meaningful part of the high school experience of millions of American students. It’s time to change that.

Career and Technical Education in High School

Reskilling America: Learning to Labor in the 21st Century

After decades of off-shoring and downsizing that have left blue collar workers obsolete, the United States is now on the verge of an industrial renaissance. We don't have a skilled labor pool to fill the positions that will be created, which are technically demanding and require specialized skills. A decades-long series of idealistic educational policies with the expressed goal of getting every student to go to college has left a generation of potential workers out of the system. Touted as a progressive, egalitarian institution providing opportunity even to those with the greatest need, the American secondary school system has deepened existing inequalities.

Reskilling America

How Do You Learn Best?

In today’s information-saturated environment, learning is no longer limited to the classroom. With web-based media like television, video games, podcasts, and e-books always at our fingertips, we are learning constantly. Often, we don’t even realize it! However, when faced with the idea of learning for professional development, such as learning how to use new software, often people feel quickly overwhelmed. In the minds of many people, learning “on purpose” is very different than the learning they do while consuming entertainment. Words like “boring”, “difficult” and “frustrating” come to mind. Why is this?


Why Choose a College Education over Technical Training? Why Not Both?

Today many adults find themselves excluded from the job market because of inadequate skills, education, and training. The U.S. labor market is increasingly demanding a more educated workforce. According to the National Commission on Adult Literary, adults must have some post-secondary education or occupational skills training to find and hold jobs that will pay family-sustaining wages in the 21st century. Of the 48 million job openings projected for the next five years, 63 percent will require further education past a high school diploma.

The American Council on Education Recommends Manufacturing Skills Courses for College Credit

The American Council on Education (ACE) recently concluded a review of Scientific Management Techniques Manufacturing Skills Training Program and Hands-On Skills Assessment Program.  ACE CREDIT® is recommending college credit for both programs.  ACE CREDIT® is recommending up to 21 college credit hours for Manufacturing Skills Curriculum and up to three credits each for three different skills assessment protocols (Credit for Prior Learning). The programs described are recognized as Best Practice productivity tools by many of the world’s most respected manufacturing organizations. These skill solutions have been taught in training programs of global Fortune 500 manufacturers for many years. These same proven programs are available for the formal education market.

Workforce Development Agency Connects to Community College to Deliver Segmented Education Program that Produces Jobs

Compelling evidence bore the need to train more Travel Agents. Who knew? Mary Ellen Solano, Senior Travel Director of Omega World Travel knew, and provided the research to support the vision. This unique “first time” offered program is located in Atlantic City New Jersey where unemployment is a chronic resultant of the decline of the casino industry. Yet, a “work ready” skilled customer oriented workforce exists within Atlantic County to learn how to work in the travel industry.

The success of The Travel Industry Sales and Technology program is the shared vision of Dr. Pete L. Mora, President of Atlantic Cape Community College, The Atlantic County Office of Workforce Development’s Executive Director, Rhonda Lowery, and Brownstone Groupe President, Ted Hansen, Ph.D. How did this come together? “Simply, the program design, combined with employer driven training outcomes, really speaks to how the new Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovative Opportunities Act is supposed to work.”  Brownstone’s Dr. Hansen explains, “Employment is urgent, therefore the training must be exactly work relevant, quick to credentials, with employers waiting.” 

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