CTE Pathways to Quality Jobs

CTE pathways to quality jobs

By Sharon Lee Miller, Director, Division of Educational and Technical Training

The Division of Training is dedicated to increasing profession pathways to high quality jobs of the long run, and the Strengthening Profession and Technical Training for the twenty first Century Act (Perkins V) offers a strong alternative to take action. The legislation displays a broad bipartisan dedication to offering college students with high quality profession and technical schooling (CTE) applications, ushering in a brand new data-driven course of to higher put together college students for top ability, excessive wage, in-demand jobs. And lots of states and localities are main the best way, using this new course of to extend entry to high quality jobs.

A vital change within the reauthorized legislation is a brand new Complete Native Wants Evaluation (CLNA): a data-driven course of designed to assist native recipients of Perkins funds (native recipients) decide which CTE applications, programs, and actions must be funded with federal Perkins {dollars}. The CLNA is a strong instrument that may be leveraged to (1) drive equity-focused determination making, (2) align future CTE spending choices with enterprise wants, and (3) guarantee college students are on pathways to not solely in-demand jobs, but in addition high-quality jobs with family-sustaining wages.

As envisioned by the Perkins V statute, native recipients conduct a CLNA at the very least each two years and the outcomes are included in native functions to their states for funding. In 2022, native recipients are updating their CLNAs. Throughout this course of, native recipients will likely be required to have interaction with a variety of stakeholders as they make their formal evaluation of native wants.

Among the many parts required in a CLNA, it should embrace an outline of how CTE applications are aligned to business sectors or occupations recognized by a state or native workforce growth board or how CTE applications are designed to satisfy native schooling or financial wants not recognized by workforce growth boards. Based mostly on this info, native recipients could make evidence-based choices on how greatest to allocate Perkins funds. When collaborating on this course of, we encourage native recipients and their companions to prioritize CTE applications that result in high quality jobs.

States play an vital function on this course of. Most states present steerage articulating state expectations for the CLNA. Steerage might embrace how you can facilitate stakeholder teams, how you can evaluation and consider the knowledge, and particular templates that define the format, knowledge, and questions required.

Highlight: Key CLNA Necessities

  • Scholar efficiency analysis and disaggregated classes
  • Description of how CTE applications align to in-demand industries/occupations
  • Description of progress towards equal entry to high-quality CTE programs
  • Description of actions to arrange particular populations for high-skill, high-wage, in-demand jobs

The excellent news is {that a} evaluation of state steerage reveals that many states are already centered on job high quality. For instance, Washington’s template requires native recipients to deal with of their CLNA: “How do your applications of examine result in credentials of office worth that present all college students alternatives for residing wage employment, with an emphasis on the Perkins particular populations and pupil subgroups?” Equally, North Carolina’s CLNA template for postsecondary native recipients asks, “Will applications permit college students to earn a residing wage once they turn into employed?” Wisconsin’s CLNA information additionally emphasizes the significance of job high quality in its introduction to the labor market alignment part for secondary native recipients:

“As a state we need to make investments time, funding, and sources into high quality CTE pathways which are the more than likely to result in family-sustaining careers for our college students. When taking a look at labor market info, comparable to employment projections and rising occupations, consider which CTE program areas in our state and in your native area are projected to have probably the most profession alternatives and the most effective wages to your college students. These are the areas to spend money on for pathway growth.”

Lastly, selling fairness in entry to preparation for in-demand, high-wage jobs is a recurring theme within the Illinois Group School Board’s CLNA template. Among the many required questions by Illinois is the next: “What are your partnering stakeholders and establishments doing to assist college students with disabilities acquire expertise for high-demand and high-wage jobs? What methods, constructions, helps, and sources are wanted to arrange for and advance alternatives for this inhabitants of scholars to safe employment in excessive demand and high-wage jobs?”

February is a month the place the CTE neighborhood comes collectively to have fun the ability of CTE and the promising pathways it could possibly present for college kids. To that finish, we encourage native recipients within the midst of updating their CLNAs to dig into these vital questions on job high quality. Doing so will assist fulfill the imaginative and prescient of Perkins V as an vital instrument for financial mobility.

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