Federal Push for Tech Training In the NewsMay 07, 2017
Two principals of area high school career and technical education centers say a federal effort to provide more funding would help their programs and the students they serve. “One of the major things holding us back is funding,” said Rod Gillespie, principal of the Tazewell County Career and Technical Center. “Not every student is going to proceed to a four-year college and we have programs here that can provide skills for kids that allow them to get a job straight out of high school … and also provide a stepping stone for continued training.”
Senators Seek Money for Technical Education In the NewsMay 05, 2017
Each year, thousands of college graduates discover little more than a mountain of debt awaiting them, as many find it increasingly difficult to obtain viable employment with the four-year degrees they worked so hard to earn. Now, 2016 Democratic Party vice presidential nominee, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., along with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, are introducing the Career and Technical Education Excellence and Equity Act to help connect high school students to the careers of the 21st century.
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), founding member of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, led U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Todd Young (R-IN) in introducing the CTE Excellence and Equity Act to support re-designing the high school experience to include courses more relevant to the 21st century workforce to better prepare students for future careers.
Senate Stalls On Perkins Act Update In the NewsOctober 10, 2016
An overhaul of the federal regulations and funding rules related to career and technical education in this country is on hold after the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions canceled a scheduled meeting. The Workforce Advance Act, reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, had been read twice in the Senate and sent back to the committee.
Senator Timothy M. Kaine Introduces Legislation To Improve High School Educational System In the NewsApril 11, 2016
Senator Timothy M. Kaine, along with his fellow senators, will launch the CTE Excellence and Equity Act, which encourages integration of CTE programs. The legislation will provide $500 million in federal funding to schools in the form of competitive grants.
Education Leaders Praise New Legislation to Support Innovation in Career and Technical Education Press ReleaseMarch 17, 2016
Study: Linked Learning valuable in transition In the NewsOctober 15, 2014
At a time when stakeholders are emphasizing that a competitive U.S. workforce will require postsecondary education, some high schools have adopted programs that use Linked Learning with a career pathway to prepare students for the transition to higher education and employment. An Alliance for Excellent Education report released on Oct. 9 reviews research and policy on linked learning in California. According to Beyond High School: Efforts to Improve Postsecondary Transitions Through Linked Learning, the programs rely on four principles: a rigorous academic core curriculum, technical skills, work-based learning, and personalized student support. More than 20,000 California high school students are in Linked Learning programs.
Pasadena City College Superintendent-President Participates in Live Webinar on Linked Learning In the NewsOctober 15, 2014
Dr. Robert Miller, interim superintendent-president of Pasadena City College, recently participated in a webinar to discuss the success of the Linked Learning approach and its effect on the transition of California high school students to postsecondary education.According to a recent report released by the Alliance for Excellent Education, several California schools and school districts have successfully used Linked Learning to increase high school graduation rates and college-going rates. PCC is currently one of eight community colleges involved in the California Community College Linked Learning Initiative. CCCLLI brings together Linked Learning high schools, community colleges, business leaders, and four-year colleges to create pathways for Linked Learning students.
On Thursday, September 25, representatives from the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Congress will visit Porterville Unified School District in Porterville, California for a firsthand look at Linked Learning, one of the most dynamic high school redesign efforts in the country. Linked Learning transforms the traditional high school experience by integrating rigorous academics with career-based classroom learning, real-world workplace experiences, and wraparound student support.