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  • Research Reports | NRCCTE
    Development for Educators on the Use of Assessment Data Programs of Study A Cross Study Examination Relative Impact of Interventions to Improve Postsecondary Achievement and Retention Rigorous Tests of Student Outcomes in CTE POS Science in CTE Secondary Data Analyses Six Stories About Six States Programs of Study Systematic Reviews of Research Postsecondary Transitions Technical Assistance Academy Green Programs of Study Technical Skill Attainment and Post Program Outcomes of Pennsylvania CTE Graduates Vanguard Practices in CTE Year 1 Technical Report Rigorous Tests of Student Outcomes in CTE Programs of Study The objective of this study is to evaluate the impact of programs of study POS a federally mandated education reform that was part of the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 otherwise known as Perkins IV the legislation that funds career and technical education CTE nationwide This study seeks to measure the impact of POS on student academic and technical achievement We are conducting this evaluation using two methodologies First we are conducting a set of randomized controlled trials RCTs in three sites in one large district The second test of student outcomes uses rigorous quasi experimental methods in another large district Following Perkins law the measures of effectiveness of POS include a academic achievement b technical skills achievement c high school completion d placement in postsecondary education work or the military e program participation and completion by nontraditional students and f program participation and completion by students from special populations as defined by the law In order to better understand student outcomes the study also describes the context and practices that produced them Read more Programs of Study Year 2 Joint Technical Report The principal investigators of the Center s three field based longitudinal studies of Programs of Study POS in conjunction with Morgan Lewis co author of the Center s earlier review of POS prepared this report that a summarizes the literature on previous initiatives that share similar components of POS b reviews the evidence on the effects of CTE participation on engagement achievement and transition c describes the Center s three studies and d offers early observations about the implementation of the four Perkins mandated components of POS Read more Systematic Reviews of Research Postsecondary Transitions Identifying Effective Models and Practices This systematic review of the literature on transition programs for youth to postsecondary education sought to identify models or programs of transition establish a definition of successful transition discover how models or programs are evaluated and examine the impact of such transition programs specifically those that aim to facilitate transition from an educational system to another educational system to program completion or to specific career related employment for disadvantaged youth Read more Report to the Congress of the United States Program Year 2 The second year of operation of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education NRCCTE which spanned the period August 1 2008 to July 31 2009 capitalized on the potential derived from the NRCCTE s cooperation with

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  • Meeting the 2020 American Graduation Initiative Goal of Increasing Postsecondary Graduation Rates and Completions: A Macro Perspective of Community College Student Educational Attainment | NRCCTE
    American Graduation Initiative Goal of Increasing Postsecondary Graduation Rates and Completions A Macro Perspective of Community College Student Educational Attainment Pradeep Kotamraju and Orville Blackman Feb 2011 Community College Journal of Research and Practice The paper uses the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data system IPEDS data to simulate the 2020 American Graduation Initiative AGI goal introduced by President Obama in the summer of 2009 We estimate community college graduation rates and completion numbers under different scenarios that include the following sets of variables a internal education variables b external workforce development variables and c state and national environmental factors Our analysis suggests that the likelihood of success of meeting the AGI goal increases dramatically if community colleges are able to raise graduation rates and increase completion numbers by doing the following a lowering the inherent risk factors that prevent students from graduating by implementing proactive retention and completion strategies b operating in economic and workforce development environments of low unemployment levels and c taking into consideration the ever growing globally competitive environment Reference Kotamraju P Blackman O 2011 Meeting the 2020 American Graduation Initiative goal of increasing postsecondary graduation rates and completions A macro perspective of community college student educational attainment

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  • Training Welders in Advanced Manufacturing Philosophies Nets Employability | NRCCTE
    Manufacturing Philosophies Nets Employability Kristin Wilson Feb 2011 Techniques As of September 2010 the U S manufacturing sector grew for the 14th consecutive month leading some economists to speculate that as with the Great Depression American manufacturing will lead the economy out of the recession It s a little bit of good news in a long stream of depressing employment reports Career and technical educators contribute to the growth of this sector by training career ready graduates for increasingly high skilled manufacturing jobs However skills aren t the only important aspect of career readiness so are work philosophies like a commitment to continuous improvement Great plant managers do not issue dictates from the office suite Instead they include everyone involved in production in discussions about process improvement Training career and technical education CTE graduates in how to contribute to these discussions will make them more employable This article relates how one manufacturer Dant Clayton Corporation in Louisville Kentucky applied lean manufacturing philosophies to its welding shop and describes how educators might incorporate lean philosophies into instruction in all skill areas Reference Wilson K 2011 Training welders in advanced manufacturing philosophies nets employability Techniques 86 2 32 35 Read the Article

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  • Providing Comprehensive Career Guidance Services through a Career Pathways Framework | NRCCTE
    Journal Magazine Articles Providing Comprehensive Career Providing Comprehensive Career Guidance Services through a Career Pathways Framework Natalie Stipanovic Oct 2010 Techniques In 2005 the state of South Carolina enacted the Education and Economic Development Act EEDA The Act commonly known as the Personal Pathways to Success initiative was designed to improve student achievement graduation rates and preparedness for postsecondary education and high skill high wage jobs EEDA is intended to work through a focus on career awareness and exploration at all school levels and the creation of locally relevant programs of study POS in high schools EEDA contains nearly all of the basic requirements of Perkins IV plus additional elements intended to support and sustain the implementation of POS These include extra assistance for high risk students the organization of high school curricula around at least three career clusters per school an enhanced role for school counselors evidence based high school reform regional education centers charged with facilitating business education partnerships and greater articulation between secondary and postsecondary education Reference Stipanovic N 2010 Providing comprehensive career guidance services through a career pathways framework Techniques 85 7 32 35 Read the Article Research Reports Impact Reports Brochures Journal Magazine Articles The

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  • Going Green Online: Distance Learning Prepares Students | NRCCTE
    and Timothy Sauer Jun 2010 Community College Journal President Barack Obama has touted the development of a new green economy as a tool to renuild the American economy while creating new jobs This new economy requires entrepreneurs and innovators to create new businesses and invent new technologies It also requires technicians with specialized skills to build wind farms operate renewable fuels plants and retrofit homes to conserve energy In response to these needs U S community colleges have created programs to train a new crop of middle skill green workers Many programs aimed at training workers for green jobs serve niche job markets As a result some colleges have begun targeting a broader student base beyond their immediate communities Online degrees and certificates allow community colleges in all community types to participate in retraining the workforce for green occupational skills Many of our nation s smallest most rural campuses now serve as hubs for educating future generations of green workers and much of their success is due at least in part to the availability of online training Reference Githens R Sauer T 2010 Going green online Distance learning prepares students Community College Journal 80 6 32 35 Read the Article

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  • The Promise of Middle-Skill Occupations | NRCCTE
    Occupations James R Stone III Orville Blackman and Morgan Lewis May 2010 Techniques High skill high wage high demand occupations is the rhetoric most often employed when describing the aim of workforce development not only for Perkins funded programs but also for many high school reform efforts The assumption is that all other occupations are low skill low wage Phrases like high skill high wage conjure up visions of technology driven occupations that demand baccalaureate degrees or higher intensive mathematics preparation and the like In reality many states define a high skill occupation as a job requiring any post high school education this may include anything from related work experience to a doctorate High wage is defined as anything above the median for all occupations This means jobs that may pay between 30 000 and 40 000 per year are considered high wage In short the phrase high skill high wage tends to blur important distinctions in the labor market distinctions that especially matter when thinking about potential foci for career and technical education CTE programs Reference Stone J Blackman O Lewis M 2010 The promise of middle skill occupations Techniques 85 5 22 25 Read the Article Research Reports

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  • Journal & Magazine Articles | NRCCTE
    the NRCCTE s work has been cited in the New York Times the Wall Street Journal and other major periodicals Don t want to miss any of our new publications Sign up for our newsletter on the right hand side of this page Journal Magazine Articles Reading Frameworks in CTE Pilot Study Findings Travis D Park Laura A Santamaria Barrett L Keene and Liz van der Mandele Techniques Improving comprehension skills is vital to building cognitive skills Reading and literacy skills enable youth to gather information and create knowledge from various sources and then to consider solutions to problems in and about their lives from both a cognitive and a creative standpoint Read more Practical Literacy Matters Teacher Confidence is Key Laura A Santamaria Marissa K Taylor Travis D Park Barrett L Keene and Elizabeth van der Mandele Techniques Literacy is clearly important to career and technical education CTE teachers who strive to integrate these core academic and cognitive skills and knowledge into their classrooms There is little question that we need to continually address literacy within CTE Read more It Isn t Easy Being Green or Is It James R Stone III Techniques In the midst of economic recession double digit unemployment rates and financial bailouts lies a promise of economic recovery through investments and training for a green economy and green collar occupations Read more A New Direction for CTE Accountability and Evaluation Pradeep Kotamraju Techniques Many of those working in the field of career and technical education CTE have continuously grappled with the need for a uniformly global set of information a national level database or at minimum a common standardized set of definitions and measures to meet CTE s multiple needs including ac Read more POS Observations on Process and Structure Corinne Alfeld Techniques Programs of

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  • 2011 NRCCTE-OVAE Spring Colloquium: Panel Discussion of Programs of Study | NRCCTE
    III NRCCTE Staff Contact Us Jim s Corner 2011 NRCCTE OVAE Spring Colloquium Panel Discussion of Programs of Study You are here Home Publications Resources Videos 2011 NRCCTE OVAE Spring 2011 NRCCTE OVAE Spring Colloquium Panel Discussion of Programs of Study Jun 2011 Presenters James R Stone III Ed D Director NRCCTE Robert Shumer University of Minnesota Corinne Alfeld Academy for Educational Development Marisa Castellano University of Louisville Cathy Hammond Clemson University The NRCCTE held its third annual NRCCTE OVAE Spring 2011 Colloquium on April 26 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington DC The Colloquium included addresses from Center Director James R Stone III and Dr Brenda Dann Messier Assistant Secretary of the U S Department of Education Most of the day was devoted to a series of roundtables with the principal investigators of the Center s projects At lunchtime Dr Stone chaired a panel of researchers representing each of the Center s four on going Programs of Study POS research studies Research Reports Impact Reports Brochures Journal Magazine Articles The Idea Center Videos Podcasts Webinars Presentations Core Issues View All Career Pathways Programs of Study Curriculum Integration Retention Completion Accountability Assessment Core Issues Career

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