Seth Gerson, the lead education policy director at National Governors Association, described the new class of governors as uniquely education-focused, whether it be on early-childhood education or workforce growth. At the conference, Gerson mentioned the governors' plan to invest in technical education, expanding the programs for career pathways and STEM, as well as making technology access a key priority through providing computer science training.
The recently reauthorized federal law known as Perkins V calls for an expansion of work-based learning and better alignment of CTE programs with employer needs. Chiefs for Change, a bipartisan network of state and district education leaders, recently released a report, Let’s Get to Work: Learning From Success in Career and Technical Education, highlighting innovative efforts to modernize CTE programs in Nevada, Denver, and San Antonio, among other places. This article briefly mentions the innovative efforts underway for work-based learning opportunities.
Department of Education Hosts Rethink CTE Summit to Identify Opportunities for Expanding CTE Access and Impact through Perkins V
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education Scott Stump and more than 100 stakeholders met on December 14 at the Department of Education to collaborate on ways to rethink Career and Technical Education. The Rethink CTE Summit expanded on the Department’s Rethink Education initiative and served as an implementation launch of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). Discussion topics for the all-day session included leveraging opportunities in Perkins V, putting policy into practice and expanding stakeholder engagement.