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  • Union Pacific « NASDCTEc Blog
    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

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  • Friends of CTE Blog: The Strength of America: It’s in the American Workforce and Technical Careers « NASDCTEc Blog
    Henry Ford A lack of innovation I don t think so We can just look around and see that there are still many new ideas clearly evident in the progress across modern America It s not the American workforce Clearly I can tell you when I walk the hallways and the factory floors of Elizabethton Tennessee or Murphy North Carolina or Milwaukee Wisconsin I see the same commitment and focus and energy that I suspect Henry Ford saw all those years ago What is different is that when I tour those same passages in Shanghai or Delhi as I do regularly I also see commitment focus and energy I see a workforce hungry for advancement and motivated to build their own prosperity What has changed is that qualities like commitment and energy are no longer differentiating in the global competition to be the preferred enabling workforce for the ideas of today So we can only win the global economic competition for broad prosperity by creating an advantage by arming our workforce with capability and technical skills If we learn anything from American history it is that society advances through the hands minds and hearts of its professional workers In fact America has consistently moved forward over the years on the brilliance of the few and on the efforts of the many Now Snap on is I believe a great example of what I m talking about We make 80 percent of what we sell in the United States right here in America And most of what we make has high labor content This can be hard to accomplish successfully in a developed environment like the United States We re able to do it because we have a capable and flexible workforce proximate to the world s greatest market This approach using proximity and capability as an advantage can be duplicated all across this country But what s needed is an American workforce armed with the right skills a workforce enabled by technical education Industry and Government both must participate in this effort In that regard I see two major areas of focus Industry needs to enable technical institutions We must ensure that schools are using the best equipment and facilities Industry also needs to help set standards for education so that students learn the specific skills that are necessary that are actionable in the marketplace and that can get them the jobs that create prosperity That s first Second is that somewhere along the way America in my opinion has lost a bit of its respect for technical occupations They are now often viewed as a consolation for not earning a four year degree Both Government and Industry need to work in tandem to change this view Young people must be encouraged to pursue technical professions The Clarion Call People might recognize the importance of training for a technical career but how do they react when someone close to them follows such a path I m not sure probably not

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  • SnapOn « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Membership Directory Members

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  • Snap-on_red « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Webinars Archived Webinars

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  • amplifier « NASDCTEc Blog
    have disappeared in the past 20 years So what s changed since Henry Ford A lack of innovation I don t think so We can just look around and see that there are still many new ideas clearly evident in the progress across modern America It s not the American workforce Clearly I can tell you when I walk the hallways and the factory floors of Elizabethton Tennessee or Murphy North Carolina or Milwaukee Wisconsin I see the same commitment and focus and energy that I suspect Henry Ford saw all those years ago What is different is that when I tour those same passages in Shanghai or Delhi as I do regularly I also see commitment focus and energy I see a workforce hungry for advancement and motivated to build their own prosperity What has changed is that qualities like commitment and energy are no longer differentiating in the global competition to be the preferred enabling workforce for the ideas of today So we can only win the global economic competition for broad prosperity by creating an advantage by arming our workforce with capability and technical skills If we learn anything from American history it is that society advances through the hands minds and hearts of its professional workers In fact America has consistently moved forward over the years on the brilliance of the few and on the efforts of the many Now Snap on is I believe a great example of what I m talking about We make 80 percent of what we sell in the United States right here in America And most of what we make has high labor content This can be hard to accomplish successfully in a developed environment like the United States We re able to do it because we have a capable and flexible workforce proximate to the world s greatest market This approach using proximity and capability as an advantage can be duplicated all across this country But what s needed is an American workforce armed with the right skills a workforce enabled by technical education Industry and Government both must participate in this effort In that regard I see two major areas of focus Industry needs to enable technical institutions We must ensure that schools are using the best equipment and facilities Industry also needs to help set standards for education so that students learn the specific skills that are necessary that are actionable in the marketplace and that can get them the jobs that create prosperity That s first Second is that somewhere along the way America in my opinion has lost a bit of its respect for technical occupations They are now often viewed as a consolation for not earning a four year degree Both Government and Industry need to work in tandem to change this view Young people must be encouraged to pursue technical professions The Clarion Call People might recognize the importance of training for a technical career but how do they react when someone close

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  • cte « NASDCTEc Blog
    CTE stakeholder base and stimulate the national conversation on CTE The session closed with updates from the Division of Academic and Technical Education and the National Center for Innovation in Career Technical Education Couldn t make the Spring Meeting Resources and information on several sessions are available online While on the site be sure to sign up today for the next gathering of Career Technical Education CTE leaders in Phoenix June 16 18 2014 at Achieving Excellence in CTE The Career Clusters Institute Don t delay April 8 2014 is the last day of the early bird registration rate Evan Williamson Communications Associate NOTE Photo courtesy Bob Witchger all rights reserved By Evan Williamson in Meetings and Events NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Tags Congressional CTE Caucus cte NCICTE OCTAE Omni Circular Perkins Spring Meeting Star of Education ICYMI New Bedford High School Aims to be more Career Ready Tuesday August 13th 2013 Following a state review that found New Bedford High School Massachusetts has informal and inconsistent career planning activities the school has started an initiative to strengthen technical training courses The school has been criticized for not offering a four year career plan for its students in technical education programs not using data to provide academic support to students in the technical classes and not recording student attainment in most programs In response the school and district representatives have acknowledged that technical education creates a career path that leads to a very sustainable income and life and that the curriculum should include courses that the workforce requires and demands In support of this the state designed its AMP it up campaign to promote advanced manufacturing opportunities The campaign grants opportunities to about 5 teachers to participate in paid week long externships with the goal of exposing them to real world experience they can bring into the classroom This real legitimate first hand account is an invaluable lesson for the students The district has undertaken many more programs to strengthen career technical education A broader view of these activities is available here Kimaya Dixit Communications Marketing Manager By admin in News Tags career ready Career Technical Education careers cte new bedford high school technical education CTE in the News Philadelphia Commission Approves Plan to Boost CTE Across District Friday January 18th 2013 A Philadelphia School Reform Commission this week approved a five year plan to improve Career Technical Education CTE throughout the School District of Philadelphia by increasing access for students opening a new state of the art CTE school providing a district wide curriculum for CTE among other tactics according to a Philadelphia Public Schools publication The intent of the plan is to increase the number of students who take CTE courses from 6 000 to 12 000 by 2017 guide students on a path to graduating with an industry credential and create new certification area the publication noted Further 30 new CTE programs in areas such as veterinary and pharmacy certifications advanced manufacturing biotechnology and renewable energy would be added However the report notes that no specifics have been made on how the plan would be funded The plan can be found here http thenotebook org sites default files CTE 20 SRC pdf Erin Uy Communications Marketing Manager By Erin in News Tags commission cte Philadelphia reform CTE in the News NY Education Commission Calls for Expansion of CTE Friday January 11th 2013 The New NY Education Reform Commission recently released recommendations for an initial Action Plan to improve student achievement in the state Among the nine preliminary recommendations included in the report was a proposal to expand Career Technical Education CTE in order to bridge the gap from high school to college New York should leverage existing resources and public private support to establish high tech Career and Technical Education programs in every region according to the report which was written by the 25 member commission New York business owners reported to the commission on the significant gap in workforce preparation in schools and on their own readiness to collaborate with the schools to better prepare and serve students Expanded high quality Career and Technical Education programs will improve graduation rates better prepare students for successful careers and strengthen the State s economy by supplying New York businesses with the highly skilled workers they need for current and future job opportunities by providing students with meaningful internships and apprenticeships to develop their professional skills and interests The commission is expected to convene in the fall to expand on the recommendations Erin Uy Communications and Marketing Manager By Erin in News Tags commission cte New York Friends of CTE Blog The Strength of America It s in the American Workforce and Technical Careers Wednesday October 17th 2012 Nicholas T Pinchuk is chairman and chief executive officer of Snap on Incorporated and serves on the Corporation s board of directors He was named president and chief operating officer in April 2007 He joined Snap on in 2002 Mr Pinchuk has been a strong advocate for career and technical education and has provided leadership in the development of new initiatives to link industry and education Nicholas T Pinchuk is chairman and chief executive officer of Snap on Incorporated Ideas and Amplifiers Harvard professor David Landes in his landmark book Wealth and Poverty of Nations recognizes that the success of our nation is rooted in our workforce The American workforce focused on individual aspirations and pursuing collective goals has been our country s strength for generations But when we rise any morning and watch TV or read the newspaper we hear that we are under challenge that we re in a global competition Well the best thing we can do in this conflict is to enable our workforce with Career Technical Education CTE This is the way forward there is no more important task in contemporary America The American workforce has delivered us from evil generation after generation We ve had brilliant people such as Thomas Edison Alexander Graham Bell and Henry

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  • employability skills « NASDCTEc Blog
    Bell and Henry Ford Ford like the others had a groundbreaking idea but his vision would not have been actionable without an assisting amplifier And he chose the greatest commercial amplifier of the day the American workforce committed focused and energetic In the process he created the American auto industry and he got rich for it as he should have But along the way he also created the opportunity to build prosperous and fulfilling lives for the millions of Americans who helped make his vision a reality The same story is true of Snap on We were founded on an innovation and the people from the state of Wisconsin helped take our products around the world and in the process built lives of fulfillment and prosperity for themselves and their successors Competitive Advantage in the Global Workforce We know there are urgent challenges to our economy and to our workforce Thirty percent of America s manufacturing jobs have disappeared in the past 20 years So what s changed since Henry Ford A lack of innovation I don t think so We can just look around and see that there are still many new ideas clearly evident in the progress across modern America It s not the American workforce Clearly I can tell you when I walk the hallways and the factory floors of Elizabethton Tennessee or Murphy North Carolina or Milwaukee Wisconsin I see the same commitment and focus and energy that I suspect Henry Ford saw all those years ago What is different is that when I tour those same passages in Shanghai or Delhi as I do regularly I also see commitment focus and energy I see a workforce hungry for advancement and motivated to build their own prosperity What has changed is that qualities like commitment and energy are no longer differentiating in the global competition to be the preferred enabling workforce for the ideas of today So we can only win the global economic competition for broad prosperity by creating an advantage by arming our workforce with capability and technical skills If we learn anything from American history it is that society advances through the hands minds and hearts of its professional workers In fact America has consistently moved forward over the years on the brilliance of the few and on the efforts of the many Now Snap on is I believe a great example of what I m talking about We make 80 percent of what we sell in the United States right here in America And most of what we make has high labor content This can be hard to accomplish successfully in a developed environment like the United States We re able to do it because we have a capable and flexible workforce proximate to the world s greatest market This approach using proximity and capability as an advantage can be duplicated all across this country But what s needed is an American workforce armed with the right skills a workforce enabled by

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  • snap-on « NASDCTEc Blog
    have disappeared in the past 20 years So what s changed since Henry Ford A lack of innovation I don t think so We can just look around and see that there are still many new ideas clearly evident in the progress across modern America It s not the American workforce Clearly I can tell you when I walk the hallways and the factory floors of Elizabethton Tennessee or Murphy North Carolina or Milwaukee Wisconsin I see the same commitment and focus and energy that I suspect Henry Ford saw all those years ago What is different is that when I tour those same passages in Shanghai or Delhi as I do regularly I also see commitment focus and energy I see a workforce hungry for advancement and motivated to build their own prosperity What has changed is that qualities like commitment and energy are no longer differentiating in the global competition to be the preferred enabling workforce for the ideas of today So we can only win the global economic competition for broad prosperity by creating an advantage by arming our workforce with capability and technical skills If we learn anything from American history it is that society advances through the hands minds and hearts of its professional workers In fact America has consistently moved forward over the years on the brilliance of the few and on the efforts of the many Now Snap on is I believe a great example of what I m talking about We make 80 percent of what we sell in the United States right here in America And most of what we make has high labor content This can be hard to accomplish successfully in a developed environment like the United States We re able to do it because we have a capable and flexible workforce proximate to the world s greatest market This approach using proximity and capability as an advantage can be duplicated all across this country But what s needed is an American workforce armed with the right skills a workforce enabled by technical education Industry and Government both must participate in this effort In that regard I see two major areas of focus Industry needs to enable technical institutions We must ensure that schools are using the best equipment and facilities Industry also needs to help set standards for education so that students learn the specific skills that are necessary that are actionable in the marketplace and that can get them the jobs that create prosperity That s first Second is that somewhere along the way America in my opinion has lost a bit of its respect for technical occupations They are now often viewed as a consolation for not earning a four year degree Both Government and Industry need to work in tandem to change this view Young people must be encouraged to pursue technical professions The Clarion Call People might recognize the importance of training for a technical career but how do they react when someone close

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