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  • Pathleasttaken « NASDCTEc Blog
    Technology Law Public Safety Corrections Security Manufacturing Marketing Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Transportation Distribution Logistics Green Sustainability Skills Statements Green Sustainability Module Career Clusters Resources Clusters User Agreement Credentials Student Interest Survey Career Cluster Logos Crosswalks Programs of Study Career Readiness Partner Council Common Core State Standards Product Store Career Clusters Products CTE Products Ordering Information and FAQ CTE in Your State Compare States Policy Legislation Perkins Act Elementary Secondary Education Act Workforce Investment Act Sequestration Congressional Contacts The Strategy CTE Learning that Works for America Campaign Resources Expert Testimonials Friends of CTE User Guides Logos Fact Sheets Presentation Resources Print Materials Campaign Videos Campaign Strategies Apply the Brand The Brand Promise Engage Key Audiences Promote the Message Plan for the Future Campaign Branding Best Practices Replace an Existing Brand Branding Your CTE Resources Communicating through Traditional Media Outlets Conference Materials Engaging Policymakers Engaging Educators Branding Websites Co Branding Campaign User Agreement Relevant Resources Issue Briefs Papers Jobs and the Economy College and Career Readiness Effective Models On Demand Webinars CTE Videos Research from the Field News Events Newsroom Press Releases NASDCTEc Meetings 2014 Spring Meeting 2014 Fall Meeting Archived NASDCTEc Meetings Achieving Excellence in CTE Career Cluster Institute Archived

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  • career readiness « NASDCTEc Blog
    of study including internships mentors and courses specifically designed to prepare students for the world of work by teaching both broad and specific skills ranked high on the list of proposed solutions to boost preparedness see chart at right Other findings concur with similar past surveys of employer needs including the impression that students are underprepared for jobs when entering the workforce with 69 of hiring managers agreeing that new job seekers lack the necessary skills for success and 61 calling lack of communications skills as a top factor in underpreparedness Read the full report here Evan Williamson Communications Associate By Evan Williamson in CTE Learning that works for America Research Tags career readiness employability skills Poll finds overwhelming support for more CTE internships in high school Thursday September 18th 2014 A new PDK Gallup poll released Tuesday showed 87 percent of Americans believe high school students should receive more education about possible career choices Further a majority of Americans agreed that the factors that help students get a good job include working on a real world project possessing employability skills such as teamwork and dependability and having a mentor or advisor These results came from the second installment of the 46 th annual PDK Gallup poll Be sure to check out our coverage of the first data release here which primarily focused on the Common Core State Standards The findings add to a growing cadre of support for CTE in preparing students for success in both college and careers The disaggregated survey results were filtered into the following categories national total public school parents and political affiliation Public school parents strongly agreed that high school students should be required to participate in at least one paid or unpaid internship and should be allowed to earn credits toward graduation from instruction they receive outside of school or online However results were mixed about whether students should specialize in a career area of their choice during high school Given the enthusiasm shown here for exposing students to more career opportunities there are clear opportunities to continue educating parents and the public about the benefits of CTE and further breakdown the mentality of CTE as an either or decision for students particularly when it comes to preparation for college and careers Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Research Tags career readiness Gallup high schools internships work based learning PARCC Sets Benchmark to Define Academic Preparation Necessary for College and Career Readiness Wednesday November 7th 2012 The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers PARCC Governing Board and the PARCC Advisory Committee on College Readiness ACCR have established a common benchmark to define the academic preparation necessary for college and career readiness Recently the groups voted unanimously to adopt a College and Career Ready Determination CCRD policy and Policy Level Performance Level Descriptors PLDs Agreement on a CCRD policy and the PLDs in mathematics and English language arts literacy is a significant milestone in the development of the next generation assessments according to a recent PARCC announcement The CCRD policy defines the level of academic preparation in English language arts literacy and mathematics students need to be successful in entry level credit bearing courses in two and four year public institutions of higher education Such institutions include technical colleges that award degrees or credentials aligned to entry requirements of middle or high skilled jobs Further students who achieve at the CCR level on the secondary assessments will be able to enter directly into certain entry level credit bearing courses in those subject areas without needing to take placement tests The CCRD policy recognizes the importance of academic preparation but also notes that a focus on that area alone does not encompass the full range of knowledge skills and characteristics that students need to be successful Skills and traits such as persistence motivation time management employability skills and technical skills also are essential The CCRDs aims to serve as one among many tactics to support students as they work to be college and career ready Learn more at http www parcconline org about parcc Erin Uy Communications and Marketing Manager By Erin in News Tags assessments career readiness college and career readiness PARCC technical skills NASDCTEc Joins Broad Coalition Releases United Statement on Career Readiness Thursday October 18th 2012 NASDCTEc is among a remarkably broad coalition of 27 education business philanthropic and policy groups that have come together to create a clear unified and focused vision for what it means to be career ready The Career Readiness Partner Council is aiming to enhance reform efforts around college and career readiness to include a more comprehensive understanding of what it means to be career ready The Council s statement Building Blocks For Change What it Means to be Career Ready makes clear that career readiness is a process of connecting education and employment to achieve a fulfilling financially secure and successful career Further it establishes that career readiness must foster adaptability and a commitment to lifelong learning along with a mastery of key knowledge skills and dispositions that vary from one career to another and change over time The notion of college and career readiness must be broadened shifting from its primary focus on college entrance and completion to include a mastery of key knowledge skills and dispositions that students must foster throughout the life of their careers said Kimberly Green NASDCTEc Executive Director The vision laid out by the Career Readiness Partner Council brings the nation closer to developing programs that truly prepare students to compete in the global economy This Council s definition will help inform policy in states and communities across the country It offers clear guidance and lays out next steps for groups from policymakers to educators The coalition consulted leading researchers and practitioners during the development and drew heavily from the rich body of work from many of the participating organizations Organizations represented in the Council include the Association for Career and Technical Education Achieve

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  • survey « NASDCTEc Blog
    are not doing enough to prepare students for the expectations they will face in college and the workplace Contrast those responses with those from the 2004 survey and the picture becomes even bleaker All three groups college faculty employers and students all agreed that to improve preparedness Communicate early in high school about the courses needed for college and careers Provide more opportunities for challenging courses and Offer more chances for real world learning Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Research Tags Achieve career readiness credentials survey CTE Research Review Thursday February 12th 2015 A lot of new research and resources have been released over the past month Here s what you may have missed New Studies Georgetown s Center for Education and the Workforce has published two new reports of interest to the CTE community The first College Is Just the Beginning examines the world of post secondary education and training and found that roughly 1 1 trillion is spent annually Researchers split the sum between colleges and universities 417 billion and employers 177 billion in formal training 413 billion informal on the job training However that employer number comes with a caveat employers spend more because education providers may only have a student for a handful of years while an employer may have them for decades The study also found that federally funded job training is the smallest component ringing in at 18 billion The cost of training also varies widely among industries depending on the intensity of the training Manufacturing for example was found to be the most training intensive The center also released a new report called The Undereducated American which looks at the country s number of college going workers and claims that supply has failed to keep pace with growing demand since the 1980s resulting in widening income inequality Other studies of note Achieve s 9 th annual Closing the Expectations Gap report The New Forgotten Half and Research Directions to Support Them from the William T Grant Foundaiton New Surveys and Forecasts A new public opinion poll from the Association of American Colleges and Universities found strikingly large gaps between employers and recent college graduates regarding career readiness While the survey found that employers continue to overwhelmingly endorse the need for broad learning and cross cutting employability skills they gave their recent hires very low marks on 17 learning outcomes related to being well prepared for careers Meanwhile recent graduates held a very different view of their preparedness with some of the largest gaps being critical thinking written communication and working with others Another survey of note CareerBuilder s 2015 Jobs Forecast New Data A new report from the Government Accountability Office takes aim at state data systems Despite the 640 million federal investment the results are state systems linking education and workforce data that are riddled with holes While the systems have had some success there are many challenges remaining and questions about sustainability when federal funding goes away

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  • CTE Research Review: Manufacturing Edition « NASDCTEc Blog
    Career Cluster Institutes Webinars Archived Webinars Newsletters Members Membership Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee This Week in CTE NASDCTEc Legislative Update Federal Funding Deadline Looms as Congress Looks to Higher Ed after ESEA Push CTE Research Review Manufacturing Edition Mind the Gender Gap It s no secret that the manufacturing industry faces a serious recruiting problems in recent years with a predicted shortfall of 2 million workers by 2025 and an ever increasing skills gap A new study from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute takes a closer look at the industry s gender gap Only 26 percent of the U S manufacturing workforce is female Meanwhile nationally women make up nearly 50 percent of the workforce The study found that by overlooking or under recruiting women into the field manufacturers are missing an important pool of talent that could help them close the skills gap Two thirds of those surveyed said they would stay in manufacturing if they were to start their careers today and would recommend them to their daughters or female relatives Yet 65 percent said their companies do not have an active recruitment program for potential female employees and 73 percent said women are underrepresented among the companies leadership ranks Compared to other sectors the above reasons contribute to the manufacturing gender gap according to the study Study Parents still don t understand STEM jobs Women aren t the only group that manufacturers need to continue targeting A new survey from the Alcoa Foundation and SkillsUSA found 87 percent of parents believe STEM education is important for their children yet there remains a clear disconnect between STEM education and its related careers particularly in manufacturing 42 percent of respondents thought the average wage for manufacturing employees was 15 per hour or less and or don t offer medical benefits Statistics from the U S Department of Commerce show that the average salary for entry level manufacturing engineers is 60 000 and 90 percent of manufacturing workers have health insurance Two thirds believed that manufacturing and trade jobs don t provide opportunities for advancement and 22 percent said that manufacturing jobs do not offer innovative intellectually stimulating work Preparing the next generation of manufacturers The Brookings Institute has also weighed in on the state of the manufacturing industry During a recent forum focusing on preparing the next generation of manufacturers through community colleges panelists called for new more technical training in new manufacturing technologies Be sure to check out three excerpted videos of the daylong discussion as well as two blog posts Preparing the Next Generation of Manufacturers through Community Colleges and New Skills Needed for New Manufacturing Technology Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate Tags Alcoa Brookings community colleges deloitte manufacturing STEM This entry was posted on Friday July 24th 2015 at 9 05 am and is filed under Research You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed

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  • gender gap « NASDCTEc Blog
    Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Transportation Distribution Logistics Green Sustainability Skills Statements Green Sustainability Module Career Clusters Resources Clusters User Agreement Credentials Student Interest Survey Career Cluster Logos Crosswalks Programs of Study Career Readiness Partner Council Common Core State Standards Product Store Career Clusters Products CTE Products Ordering Information and FAQ CTE in Your State Compare States Policy Legislation Perkins Act Elementary Secondary Education Act Workforce Investment Act Sequestration Congressional Contacts The Strategy CTE Learning that Works for America Campaign Resources Expert Testimonials Friends of CTE User Guides Logos Fact Sheets Presentation Resources Print Materials Campaign Videos Campaign Strategies Apply the Brand The Brand Promise Engage Key Audiences Promote the Message Plan for the Future Campaign Branding Best Practices Replace an Existing Brand Branding Your CTE Resources Communicating through Traditional Media Outlets Conference Materials Engaging Policymakers Engaging Educators Branding Websites Co Branding Campaign User Agreement Relevant Resources Issue Briefs Papers Jobs and the Economy College and Career Readiness Effective Models On Demand Webinars CTE Videos Research from the Field News Events Newsroom Press Releases NASDCTEc Meetings 2014 Spring Meeting 2014 Fall Meeting Archived NASDCTEc Meetings Achieving Excellence in CTE Career Cluster Institute Archived Career Cluster Institutes Webinars Archived Webinars Newsletters Members

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  • Alcoa « NASDCTEc Blog
    to continue targeting A new survey from the Alcoa Foundation and SkillsUSA found 87 percent of parents believe STEM education is important for their children yet there remains a clear disconnect between STEM education and its related careers particularly in manufacturing 42 percent of respondents thought the average wage for manufacturing employees was 15 per hour or less and or don t offer medical benefits Statistics from the U S Department of Commerce show that the average salary for entry level manufacturing engineers is 60 000 and 90 percent of manufacturing workers have health insurance Two thirds believed that manufacturing and trade jobs don t provide opportunities for advancement and 22 percent said that manufacturing jobs do not offer innovative intellectually stimulating work Preparing the next generation of manufacturers The Brookings Institute has also weighed in on the state of the manufacturing industry During a recent forum focusing on preparing the next generation of manufacturers through community colleges panelists called for new more technical training in new manufacturing technologies Be sure to check out three excerpted videos of the daylong discussion as well as two blog posts Preparing the Next Generation of Manufacturers through Community Colleges and New Skills Needed for New Manufacturing Technology Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Research Tags Alcoa Brookings community colleges deloitte manufacturing STEM CTE in the news Skills gap hinders unemployed business and industry Friday November 30th 2012 More than 20 million Americans have been unemployed or underemployed since January 2009 so why is it that there are more than 3 million job openings in the United States Experts point to the skills gap as part of what is hindering the recovery of our nation s economy according to experts in a recent 60 Minutes news special The skills gap is a frustrating problem among out of work individuals business and industries that need positions filled and the rest of the nation that wants to see the health of the economy revitalized The skills gap issue raises the question as to whether the nation is investing in and supporting programs such as Career Technical Education that will help educate and train workers Ryan Costella head of Strategic Initiatives at Click Bond a Nevada based manufacturing company is aiming to address the skills gap issue among the company s entry level positions Because applicants are lacking basic skills Click Bond is collaborating with nearby community college to offer free training programs for select unemployed individuals I think far too long we ve had our heads in the sand you know We make our parts We just hoped that the education system would produce what we need Costella said And I think the recession I think a lot of things have taught us no you have to engage Click Bond s workers are expected to operate program and fix computer controlled machines that make precision parts accurate to a thousandth of an inch the thickness of a piece of paper I can t

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  • Brookings « NASDCTEc Blog
    recent forum focusing on preparing the next generation of manufacturers through community colleges panelists called for new more technical training in new manufacturing technologies Be sure to check out three excerpted videos of the daylong discussion as well as two blog posts Preparing the Next Generation of Manufacturers through Community Colleges and New Skills Needed for New Manufacturing Technology Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Research Tags Alcoa Brookings community colleges deloitte manufacturing STEM CTE Research Review Wednesday March 18th 2015 Industry related research is leading the news this month with new reports from the manufacturing and technology sectors First up new data from the National Federation of Independent Business shows that while 98 percent of small business owners say they are optimistic overall but finding qualified workers remains a problem In fact 29 percent reported difficulty in finding and hiring skilled workers the highest since April 2006 and of that number 89 percent said they are seeing few to no applicants However despite this struggle to attract skilled workers only 20 percent reported raising wages over the past three months and 14 percent plan to raise them in the coming months Manufacturing Industry The Manufacturing Institute in partnership with Deloitte released two parallel studies that explore at the manufacturing skills gap and public perceptions of the industry In the skills gap study researchers predict that the United States will need to add nearly 3 5 million manufacturing jobs over the next 10 years but roughly 2 million of those jobs will go unfilled due to a shortage in skilled labor The second survey is part of The Manufacturing Institute s Public Perceptions Index which first started in 2009 The 2015 update found that the U S public greatly supports the manufacturing industry and would choose a manufacturing plant be built in their region over other employers However the same public said they were unwilling to encourage their children to pursue careers in manufacturing Also from the Brookings Institution a new report looks at the German manufacturing industry for shareable lessons and strategies to aid the U S manufacturing industry Technology Industry IBM released a new study on Millennials those aged 21 34 and how they and others view their effect in the workplace The survey looked at the preferences and behavioral patterns of Millennials Gen X aged 35 49 and Baby Boomers aged 50 60 and found that Millennials want the same things their older colleagues do While there are some distinctions among the generations Millennials attitudes are not poles apart from other employees The findings are categorized around five common myths about Millennials and three uncomfortable truths Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Research Tags Brookings deloitte ibm manufacturing millenials skilled workers small business CTE Research Review Wednesday February 25th 2015 Nursing Shortage Projected Georgetown University s Center for Education and the Workforce CEW has released a new report Nursing Supply and Demand Through 2020 which says the country will soon face

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  • deloitte « NASDCTEc Blog
    them to their daughters or female relatives Yet 65 percent said their companies do not have an active recruitment program for potential female employees and 73 percent said women are underrepresented among the companies leadership ranks Compared to other sectors the above reasons contribute to the manufacturing gender gap according to the study Study Parents still don t understand STEM jobs Women aren t the only group that manufacturers need to continue targeting A new survey from the Alcoa Foundation and SkillsUSA found 87 percent of parents believe STEM education is important for their children yet there remains a clear disconnect between STEM education and its related careers particularly in manufacturing 42 percent of respondents thought the average wage for manufacturing employees was 15 per hour or less and or don t offer medical benefits Statistics from the U S Department of Commerce show that the average salary for entry level manufacturing engineers is 60 000 and 90 percent of manufacturing workers have health insurance Two thirds believed that manufacturing and trade jobs don t provide opportunities for advancement and 22 percent said that manufacturing jobs do not offer innovative intellectually stimulating work Preparing the next generation of manufacturers The Brookings Institute has also weighed in on the state of the manufacturing industry During a recent forum focusing on preparing the next generation of manufacturers through community colleges panelists called for new more technical training in new manufacturing technologies Be sure to check out three excerpted videos of the daylong discussion as well as two blog posts Preparing the Next Generation of Manufacturers through Community Colleges and New Skills Needed for New Manufacturing Technology Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Research Tags Alcoa Brookings community colleges deloitte manufacturing STEM CTE Research Review Wednesday March 18th 2015 Industry related research is leading the news this month with new reports from the manufacturing and technology sectors First up new data from the National Federation of Independent Business shows that while 98 percent of small business owners say they are optimistic overall but finding qualified workers remains a problem In fact 29 percent reported difficulty in finding and hiring skilled workers the highest since April 2006 and of that number 89 percent said they are seeing few to no applicants However despite this struggle to attract skilled workers only 20 percent reported raising wages over the past three months and 14 percent plan to raise them in the coming months Manufacturing Industry The Manufacturing Institute in partnership with Deloitte released two parallel studies that explore at the manufacturing skills gap and public perceptions of the industry In the skills gap study researchers predict that the United States will need to add nearly 3 5 million manufacturing jobs over the next 10 years but roughly 2 million of those jobs will go unfilled due to a shortage in skilled labor The second survey is part of The Manufacturing Institute s Public Perceptions Index which first started in 2009 The 2015 update

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