Career and Technical Education Project

On June 23, 2016 and October 12, 2016, EPLC held policy forums on its 2016 Report – High School Career and Technical Education: Serving Pennsylvania’s Workforce and Student Needs (PDF). The forums were hosted by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and the Chester County Intermediate Unit, respectively.

Click here to read the presentation presented by EPLC President Ron Cowell, discussing the report and its policy recommendations.

Please see below for more information about EPLC’s report on High School Career and Technical Education.

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On February 10, 2016, EPLC released its new report: High School Career and Technical Education: Serving Pennsylvania’s Student and Workforce Needs (PDF).

This report focuses on and organizes recommendations around several broad issues that are fundamental to improve the effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) system for secondary students. These are:

  • Leadership and Governance
  • Regional and Local Coordination
  • Building Student and Parent Awareness About Career and Technical Education
  • Relevancy and Rigor of CTE Programs
  • Assuring CTE Opportunities for All Students
  • Accountability and Effectiveness
  • State Funding

The recommendations in this report are intended to provoke discussion and action. The recommendations are all proposed with some specificity about “who” should do “what”. They are intended to assign responsibility and prompt the named entities or groups to take action soon.

EPLC initiated its CTE Project in 2014 and worked through 2015 with a 30-member Study Group that has worked in an advisory role to help identify significant CTE issues, exemplary programs, and recommendations that are cited in the report.

Study Group members were able to participate in several site visits. Each visit included very informative meetings and conversations with administrators, instructional staff, and students, as well as wide-ranging discussions in forums with invited guests. Forum participants represented many stakeholder perspectives including regional K-12 education, postsecondary education, employers, organized labor workforce development and community development.

The report, including its findings and recommendations, is solely the responsibility of The Education Policy and Leadership Center. But the report would not have been possible without the valuable assistance of all who served on the Study Group, the hundreds who contributed to the success and value of our site visits and related forums, those organizations that contributed financial support for this work, and the many other individuals and organizations that provided helpful information and ideas for consideration.

Funding for the EPLC Career and Technical Education Project has been provided by:
The Benedum Foundation
The Hillman Foundation
The Heinz Endowments
Pennsylvania Business Council
Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education Project

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We’re building a database of individuals who have an interest in career and technical education issues and would like to keep informed about the progress and results of this Project.  If you would like to be added to the list, send an email with your contact information to Mattie Robinson with the subject line: CTE Newsletter.

We will also post updates on this website.

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