The skills gap is real. More than 80 percent of manufacturers report that talent shortages will impact their ability to meet customer demand. According to Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, The Skills Gap in US Manufacturing report, Career and Technical Education in K-12 schools plays a vital role in helping American businesses close the skills gap by building a competitive workforce for the 21st century.
Broad based learning allows for students to be exposed to a variety of opportunities, both academically and through practical hands-on learning. Career and technical education in K-12 Schools provides opportunities for students to get on a career path during their high school years. Not unlike the changes that have evolved in the classroom over the years (think computers, keyboarding, tablets, coding, and other technology, etc.), the pathways to career readiness are expanding. An increase in the opportunities available lies with apprenticeships, internships, online courses, dual enrollment programs with community colleges and various other ways. These innovative and varied types of learning through CTE become a focus for students who would rather not pursue a four-year college degree. CTE programs cover a wide range of subject matter, ranging from public services, computer and IT services, agriculture, construction, health sciences, and many more.
For 2017, the Trump Administration is requesting $1.2 billion, an increase of $77 million or almost 7 percent over the 2016 level, to support its proposal to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
The House Education and Workforce committee also recently unanimously approved the re-authorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
With the surging skills gap in the country, it’s encouraging to see the financial resources being proposed to support career and technical education in K-12 schools. Emphasis on new and unique pathways to a skilled labor force will be fruitful for the students, businesses and industries in the years to come. Education comes in many forms; let’s applaud this innovation and its role with student success.
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