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  • technical skills « NASDCTEc Blog
    www pge com powerpathway We encourage all companies to consider leveraging the power of public private partnerships to advance CTE and strengthen their future pipeline of talent The Friends of CTE Guest Blog Series provides advocates from business and industry researchers and organizations an opportunity to articulate their support for Career Technical Education The monthly series features a guest blogger who provides their perspective on and experience with CTE as it relates to policy the economy and education Are you interested in being a guest blogger and expressing your support for CTE Contact Melinda Findley Lloyd Communications Consultant at mlloyd careertech org By Melinda in CTE Learning that works for America News Tags business and industry friends of cte PG E skills technical skills Texas Bills Would Create a Fast Start Program for Students Friday March 8th 2013 The Texas Fast Start Program an initiative designed to train workers faster and in the skills local industries need most is being proposed via a pair of companion bills recently introduced into the Texas House and Senate according to Dan Zehr of the American Statesman In the news release Zehr stated The program would bring community colleges and public institutions together with employers to identify and craft training programs for needed skills But it would also allow students to advance through classes as they master various skills rather than requiring a arbitrary number of hours in classrooms or labs Ramona Schescke Member Services Manager By Ramona in Public Policy Tags Job training technical skills workforce Friends of CTE Blog CTE Quality Workforce are Needed for Stronger American Businesses Wednesday December 5th 2012 Roy Schroer is Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at Union Pacific Railroad North America s premier railroad franchise covering 23 states across the western two thirds of the United States Roy Schroer Assistant Vice President of Human Resources Union Pacific Railroad Strengthening the Labor Pool One of America s most successful and iconic companies Union Pacific Railroad delivers the goods families and businesses use daily Celebrating our 150 th anniversary in 2012 we recognize that one of the most vital elements to our success is a quality workforce The foundation of our workforce has been our ability to recruit top tier students when they complete their education Union Pacific hires college graduates who possess the necessary skill sets to quickly become an asset to the company The learning curve is limited for graduates who have the fundamental knowledge needed for their respective positions However we are experiencing a shortage of employees skilled in important trades and crafts taught in Career Technical Education CTE Offer earlier opportunities High school students or even younger students need more opportunities to learn the necessary trade skills to become the next generation of diesel mechanics industrial engineers and electricians Today students complete high school and face one of two choices go to college or start looking for a job But how do we expect someone with a high school education and no workforce experience to compete in the job market It is likely that students with just a high school degree or less will only be able to obtain a low skilled and thus low wage position to support themselves or their families Business and industry recognize that CTE can play a critical role in helping to maintain a pipeline of potential employees for businesses across the nation CTE options are key to preparing our young students to learn skilled trades gain valuable work experience and discover what path is most suitable for them These education options are beneficial to the future employees help education systems achieve the goal of producing graduates who will be productive citizens and will ultimately benefit employers as well Win win solutions Companies dedicate significant resources to recruiting hiring and training new employees however we experience loss when employees do not enjoy their new job or are not adequately prepared they leave the position and company If students had opportunities to learn about various jobs trades and crafts during their formal education experience schools could produce employee candidates who have explored their interests and are better prepared to enter the workforce and succeed Collaboration between schools and businesses to develop quality CTE programs could address such issues For example Union Pacific Railroad works with local schools through our Direction Recruitment Education and Mentoring DREAM program in which employees provide students with career educational and social guidance The mentoring program serves as a vehicle to develop students self esteem and confidence in their personal and career ambitions as they explore the business world Providing CTE options to students as early as possible will provide a new stream of job candidates who have a much better understanding of their desired career which makes for happier more productive and efficient employees as well as a deeper and stronger workforce for American businesses How can you get involved The Friends of CTE Guest Blog Series provides advocates from business and industry researchers and organizations an opportunity to articulate their support for Career Technical Education The monthly series features a guest blogger who provides their perspective on and experience with CTE as it relates to policy the economy and education Are you interested in being a guest blogger and expressing your support for CTE Contact Erin Uy Communications and Marketing Manager at euy careertech org By Erin in CTE Learning that works for America News Tags business and industry friends of cte skills technical skills Union Pacific 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

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  • Friends of CTE Blog Series: CMT Goes Back to School « NASDCTEc Blog
    offer our support The Academies of Nashville is an innovative approach to school redesign which engages the business community to help drive change in our public schools We partnered with McGavock High School s Academy of Digital Design Communication and over the past three years this relationship has been transformational not only for the school but also for our employees In the business world we ve heard for years that our schools are failing and we need your help The only ways we knew to help were to throw money at the problem or do occasional volunteering that may impact small numbers of children The Academies model provides a way for business partners to work alongside those on the frontlines educating our youth our teachers and our school administrators to make systemic change in our public schools Business partners support the Academies by providing knowledge support and experiential learning opportunities for our students teachers and administrators You in the Career Technical Education CTE world have been connecting with businesses for years In fact the second principle of the CTE Vision is to actively partner with employers to design and provide high quality dynamic programs You know the power of connecting education and industry The Academies model is an especially innovative example because it utilizes business engagement at all levels from working one on one at the grassroots level with individual Academies all the way up to working alongside administrators in the school district At the school level the Academies encourage and frankly require connectivity between what you teach in your CTE classes to the curriculum in the academic subjects This is achieved through common planning among all disciplines reinforced by business partnerships relevant to each Academy s pathways At the district level business partners belong to partnership councils which bring together employers in similar fields to ensure that what is being taught in the Academies directly relates to workforce needs This partnership and shared accountability at all levels makes the Academies of Nashville unique especially because this structure has been implemented wall to wall in all of our zoned high schools providing every student access to these opportunities CMT is starting year four of our partnership and although we still have much work to do McGavock has made tremendous progress since 2010 They have seen a 10 percent increase in the graduation rate doubled the number of students who attend from outside of their zone increased the composite ACT score by 5 percent and made AYP Adequate Yearly Progress for three years in a row which they had not achieved for the 10 years prior to 2010 11 In addition to quantitative results the real magic of the Academies structure is that it is community building at its core McGavock is our school and we share the challenges and successes with our teachers administrators fellow business partners and most importantly our students One of the proudest moments of my professional career was having the honor of standing on stage alongside

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  • CMT « NASDCTEc Blog
    we were one of the first business partners to step forward and offer our support The Academies of Nashville is an innovative approach to school redesign which engages the business community to help drive change in our public schools We partnered with McGavock High School s Academy of Digital Design Communication and over the past three years this relationship has been transformational not only for the school but also for our employees In the business world we ve heard for years that our schools are failing and we need your help The only ways we knew to help were to throw money at the problem or do occasional volunteering that may impact small numbers of children The Academies model provides a way for business partners to work alongside those on the frontlines educating our youth our teachers and our school administrators to make systemic change in our public schools Business partners support the Academies by providing knowledge support and experiential learning opportunities for our students teachers and administrators You in the Career Technical Education CTE world have been connecting with businesses for years In fact the second principle of the CTE Vision is to actively partner with employers to design and provide high quality dynamic programs You know the power of connecting education and industry The Academies model is an especially innovative example because it utilizes business engagement at all levels from working one on one at the grassroots level with individual Academies all the way up to working alongside administrators in the school district At the school level the Academies encourage and frankly require connectivity between what you teach in your CTE classes to the curriculum in the academic subjects This is achieved through common planning among all disciplines reinforced by business partnerships relevant to each Academy s pathways At the district level business partners belong to partnership councils which bring together employers in similar fields to ensure that what is being taught in the Academies directly relates to workforce needs This partnership and shared accountability at all levels makes the Academies of Nashville unique especially because this structure has been implemented wall to wall in all of our zoned high schools providing every student access to these opportunities CMT is starting year four of our partnership and although we still have much work to do McGavock has made tremendous progress since 2010 They have seen a 10 percent increase in the graduation rate doubled the number of students who attend from outside of their zone increased the composite ACT score by 5 percent and made AYP Adequate Yearly Progress for three years in a row which they had not achieved for the 10 years prior to 2010 11 In addition to quantitative results the real magic of the Academies structure is that it is community building at its core McGavock is our school and we share the challenges and successes with our teachers administrators fellow business partners and most importantly our students One of the proudest moments of

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  • Friends of CTE Blog Series: PG&E Uses Public-Private Partnerships to Address Skilled Candidate Shortage « NASDCTEc Blog
    years and 2 we have a shortage of skilled candidates for our skilled craft jobs Without a qualified pipeline of candidates ready to join the ranks of PG E it will be extremely difficult for us to do our job A Unique Model PG E has taken this matter into our own hands by creating PowerPathway a collaborative workforce development model built upon the public private partnerships between PG E California community colleges and universities community based training organizations the public workforce development system unions and other industry employers At the heart of this model is the need to support the development of Career Technical Education CTE programs that meet the workforce needs of PG E and the utilities industry CTE s Role The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium s NASDCTEc vision for CTE is partially based on the principal that CTE must actively partner with employers to design and provide high quality dynamic programs With the guidance and partnership of business and industry professionals CTE can help students understand the realities of the workforce and economy while preparing them to be college and career ready In the case of PG E s PowerPathway candidates participate in a 240 hour utilities industry CTE program Coursework for the training program includes basic gas and electricity safety physical conditioning math reading and other employability subjects vital to workplace success Upon successful completion of the program graduates receive a certificate of completion from the community college and PG E s PowerPathway These certificates demonstrate that the graduate is a work ready and competitive candidate for employment within the energy and utilities sector Note Some community colleges also offer credit for successful completion of the program Successes The Numbers PowerPathway started in 2008 graduating about 75 students the first year Fast forward five years and we ll be graduating more than 250 students in 2013 Not only are we scaling our programs we are consistently placing PowerPathway graduates into industry positions As of the first quarter of 2012 71 percent of graduates have been hired into industry positions a majority with PG E The top five jobs in which students have found employment at PG E are utility worker apprentice electrician gas service rep materials handler and nuclear security guard Seventy percent of those hired from the PowerPathway candidate pool progress into apprenticeships or higher job classifications within one year of hire The rate of retention after six months is also significantly higher for those who have graduated from PowerPathway 98 percent versus 88 percent for the same skilled craft classifications In addition nearly 90 percent of PG E supervisors who have hired PowerPathway graduates said they were either satisfied or very satisfied with their performance A Win Win for All By collaborating with CTE and local partners in the community PG E has been able to grow a more qualified and career ready pool of candidates to join our workforce In addition building a strong internal brand for

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  • PG&E « NASDCTEc Blog
    retirement or attrition over the next five years and 2 we have a shortage of skilled candidates for our skilled craft jobs Without a qualified pipeline of candidates ready to join the ranks of PG E it will be extremely difficult for us to do our job A Unique Model PG E has taken this matter into our own hands by creating PowerPathway a collaborative workforce development model built upon the public private partnerships between PG E California community colleges and universities community based training organizations the public workforce development system unions and other industry employers At the heart of this model is the need to support the development of Career Technical Education CTE programs that meet the workforce needs of PG E and the utilities industry CTE s Role The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium s NASDCTEc vision for CTE is partially based on the principal that CTE must actively partner with employers to design and provide high quality dynamic programs With the guidance and partnership of business and industry professionals CTE can help students understand the realities of the workforce and economy while preparing them to be college and career ready In the case of PG E s PowerPathway candidates participate in a 240 hour utilities industry CTE program Coursework for the training program includes basic gas and electricity safety physical conditioning math reading and other employability subjects vital to workplace success Upon successful completion of the program graduates receive a certificate of completion from the community college and PG E s PowerPathway These certificates demonstrate that the graduate is a work ready and competitive candidate for employment within the energy and utilities sector Note Some community colleges also offer credit for successful completion of the program Successes The Numbers PowerPathway started in 2008 graduating about 75 students the first year Fast forward five years and we ll be graduating more than 250 students in 2013 Not only are we scaling our programs we are consistently placing PowerPathway graduates into industry positions As of the first quarter of 2012 71 percent of graduates have been hired into industry positions a majority with PG E The top five jobs in which students have found employment at PG E are utility worker apprentice electrician gas service rep materials handler and nuclear security guard Seventy percent of those hired from the PowerPathway candidate pool progress into apprenticeships or higher job classifications within one year of hire The rate of retention after six months is also significantly higher for those who have graduated from PowerPathway 98 percent versus 88 percent for the same skilled craft classifications In addition nearly 90 percent of PG E supervisors who have hired PowerPathway graduates said they were either satisfied or very satisfied with their performance A Win Win for All By collaborating with CTE and local partners in the community PG E has been able to grow a more qualified and career ready pool of candidates to join our workforce In

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  • skills « NASDCTEc Blog
    we expect someone with a high school education and no workforce experience to compete in the job market It is likely that students with just a high school degree or less will only be able to obtain a low skilled and thus low wage position to support themselves or their families Business and industry recognize that CTE can play a critical role in helping to maintain a pipeline of potential employees for businesses across the nation CTE options are key to preparing our young students to learn skilled trades gain valuable work experience and discover what path is most suitable for them These education options are beneficial to the future employees help education systems achieve the goal of producing graduates who will be productive citizens and will ultimately benefit employers as well Win win solutions Companies dedicate significant resources to recruiting hiring and training new employees however we experience loss when employees do not enjoy their new job or are not adequately prepared they leave the position and company If students had opportunities to learn about various jobs trades and crafts during their formal education experience schools could produce employee candidates who have explored their interests and are better prepared to enter the workforce and succeed Collaboration between schools and businesses to develop quality CTE programs could address such issues For example Union Pacific Railroad works with local schools through our Direction Recruitment Education and Mentoring DREAM program in which employees provide students with career educational and social guidance The mentoring program serves as a vehicle to develop students self esteem and confidence in their personal and career ambitions as they explore the business world Providing CTE options to students as early as possible will provide a new stream of job candidates who have a much better understanding of their desired career which makes for happier more productive and efficient employees as well as a deeper and stronger workforce for American businesses How can you get involved The Friends of CTE Guest Blog Series provides advocates from business and industry researchers and organizations an opportunity to articulate their support for Career Technical Education The monthly series features a guest blogger who provides their perspective on and experience with CTE as it relates to policy the economy and education Are you interested in being a guest blogger and expressing your support for CTE Contact Erin Uy Communications and Marketing Manager at euy careertech org By Erin in CTE Learning that works for America News Tags business and industry friends of cte skills technical skills Union Pacific Legislative Update Appropriations Election 2012 Friday May 25th 2012 Tentative Date Set for Senate Appropriations Markup The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services and Education has tentatively scheduled markup of their FY13 appropriations bill for June 12 th As we previously reported the Labor HHS Education bill sets a 302 b funding level of 157 7 billion House Labor HHS Education Subcommittee Chairman Dennis Rehberg MT previously stated that he does not intend to mark up their bill until after the Supreme Court rules on the status of the Affordable Care Act which is expected to happen in late June Romney Provides Insight into Education Policy Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Governor Mitt Romney MA focused on education this week On Tuesday he released the names of his team of education policy advisors You will recognize many of the names from the Bush Administration including former Secretary of Education Rod Paige former OVAE Assistant Secretary Carol D Amico and former ETA Assistant Secretary Emily DeRocco A complete list can be found here On Wednesday Governor Romney gave a speech at the U S Chamber of Commerce setting forth his education policies The overarching theme of the speech centered on increased parental choice especially for low income and special need students as a way to expand opportunities for students While he did not mention CTE specifically he did state S ince we live in a twenty first century economy that increasingly demands a college education efforts at improvement can t stop at high school s end Students must have access to a wide variety of options that will give them the skills they need for successful careers In a white paper released on Wednesday A Chance For Every Child Mitt Romney s Plan for Restoring the Promise of American Education Governor Romney laid out more details of this proposed education policies K 12 Education Make Title I and IDEA funds portable so that eligible students can choose which school to attend and bring funding with them Require states to adopt open enrollment policies for students receiving Title I and IDEA funds and to eliminate caps on charter and digital schools Replace federally mandated school interventions with a requirement that states create public report cards that evaluate each school on its contribution to student learning Consolidate federal teacher quality programs and offer states flexible block grants if they adopt policies to advance and reward teacher quality Eliminate unnecessary certification requirements that discourage new teachers such as the highly qualified teacher requirement Higher Education Consolidate duplicative and complex financial aid programs within the Department of Education Increase private sector participation in the student loan market in providing information financing and education itself Encourage market entry by innovative new education models emphasize skill attainment instead of time spent in the classroom and support research and development Repeal confusing and unnecessary regulations that primarily serve to drive costs higher and replace them with common sense reforms that ensure appropriate student outcomes Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Public Policy Tags accountability appropriations Congress funding highly qualified teachers NCLB ESEA OVAE Public Policy skills Friends of CTE Guest Blog Series Toyota President CEO Supports CTE as Resource for Employment Opportunities Wednesday April 11th 2012 Jim Lentz is President CEO of Toyota Motor Sales USA What s your edge What s going to separate you from others Plain and simple one of the best ways to stand out

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  • Friends of CTE Blog: CTE, Quality Workforce are Needed for Stronger American Businesses « NASDCTEc Blog
    Railroad delivers the goods families and businesses use daily Celebrating our 150 th anniversary in 2012 we recognize that one of the most vital elements to our success is a quality workforce The foundation of our workforce has been our ability to recruit top tier students when they complete their education Union Pacific hires college graduates who possess the necessary skill sets to quickly become an asset to the company The learning curve is limited for graduates who have the fundamental knowledge needed for their respective positions However we are experiencing a shortage of employees skilled in important trades and crafts taught in Career Technical Education CTE Offer earlier opportunities High school students or even younger students need more opportunities to learn the necessary trade skills to become the next generation of diesel mechanics industrial engineers and electricians Today students complete high school and face one of two choices go to college or start looking for a job But how do we expect someone with a high school education and no workforce experience to compete in the job market It is likely that students with just a high school degree or less will only be able to obtain a low skilled and thus low wage position to support themselves or their families Business and industry recognize that CTE can play a critical role in helping to maintain a pipeline of potential employees for businesses across the nation CTE options are key to preparing our young students to learn skilled trades gain valuable work experience and discover what path is most suitable for them These education options are beneficial to the future employees help education systems achieve the goal of producing graduates who will be productive citizens and will ultimately benefit employers as well Win win solutions Companies dedicate significant resources to recruiting hiring and training new employees however we experience loss when employees do not enjoy their new job or are not adequately prepared they leave the position and company If students had opportunities to learn about various jobs trades and crafts during their formal education experience schools could produce employee candidates who have explored their interests and are better prepared to enter the workforce and succeed Collaboration between schools and businesses to develop quality CTE programs could address such issues For example Union Pacific Railroad works with local schools through our Direction Recruitment Education and Mentoring DREAM program in which employees provide students with career educational and social guidance The mentoring program serves as a vehicle to develop students self esteem and confidence in their personal and career ambitions as they explore the business world Providing CTE options to students as early as possible will provide a new stream of job candidates who have a much better understanding of their desired career which makes for happier more productive and efficient employees as well as a deeper and stronger workforce for American businesses How can you get involved The Friends of CTE Guest Blog Series provides advocates from business and

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  • UP_stacked « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Career Cluster Institutes

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