Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Spotlight: Building the "Backbone" of the Community's Healthcare

Business leaders in Connecticut are increasingly reliant on the faculty in our state's public colleges to train and educate their future employees. Despite this growing need, many elected officials have reacted to mounting fiscal challenges by disinvesting in a proven source of effective and efficient workforce development. During the annual recognition of our nation's public service workers, we're spotlighting a union member who helps her students today prepare for good jobs tomorrow, despite mounting challenges.
 

Spotlight: Educators Delivering "Tomorrow" for CTE Students

A high quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) is increasingly being deployed as a tool to resolve mounting fiscal and workforce challenges facing our state and country. Preparing students to be both college and career-ready for high-demand jobs is an effective response to a fragile economy and employment insecurity. During the month in which the annual recognition of CTE is observed nationally, we're spotlighting union members here in Connecticut who prepare their students to "own tomorrow."
 

Spotlight: Computer Science Educators Drive Innovation

Educators in the field of computer science understand that their students learn skills that are both vocational and foundational. Related jobs are in every industry and represent the top source of new wages in the U.S. The discipline also relies on core fundamentals like problem solving, logical thinking and creativity. As international Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) comes to a close, we're spotlighting union members who believe every student should learn how to understand the technology that drives innovation.
 

Member Spotlight: CTE Teachers as Advocates

State employees who provide their students with secondary career and technical education (CTE) are stepping up and speaking out to protect and preserve the vital services they provide. We're spotlighting union members who have been engaged in advocacy efforts at the State Capitol during the month set aside to highlight CTE educators' and graduates' achievements and accomplishments.
 
 

Re-imagining High School for the 21st Century

The administration of President Barack Obama last week convened a first-ever “Summit on Next Generation High Schools,” bringing educators, administrators, policymakers and other stakeholders together from across the nation. Our AFT Connecticut president was among the union leaders to attend the event, which was designed to highlight best practices in recent efforts to prepare students for post-graduation success.
 
Click here for a White House fact sheet on the summit.
 

Educators' Voices Heard on ESEA Reauthorization

From grass-roots lobbying on Capitol Hill to a national telephone town hall to in-district meetings with elected officials, AFT members from across the country have focused on the all-important reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). AFT Connecticut-affiliated union members last week traveled to Washington, DC and met with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy in New Haven to press for a return to the original mission of the keystone federal law for K-12 education: equity.
 
Click here for photos of the meeting with Sen. Murphy.
 

Career Technical Education: Leading by Example

Excellent career and technical education (CTE) programs are an irreplaceable bridge from high school to productive middle-class lives for many students, and Congress must recognize that fact by placing excellent CTE at the heart of its overall strategy for schools. That is the message an AFT Connecticut union leader delivered last week to a U.S. Senate panel in Washington, D.C.
 

Clinton Initiative Praises Union Pension Investments

Our AFT national president last week had a unique opportunity to share the positive impact that union pension fund investments are having on rebuilding the nation's infrastructure at the winter meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). There she also discussed the AFT's work in areas such as career and technical education (CTE) and rewriting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
 
Click here to watch video of the meeting's plenary session.
 

Vice-President Speaks at First Summit on Career and Technical Education

Career and technical education and workforce development create multiple pathways to high school and higher education graduation, real-world job skills and economic prosperity, speakers including Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday at the first Career and Technical Education/Workforce Development Summit. The event was co-hosted by the The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the AFL-CIO, the umbrella federation for U.S. unions.
 
Click here to watch a brief video with highlights of the vice-president's remarks.
 
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