Great article from Education Week on engaging businesses in career and technical education, highlighting the efforts underway in New Jersey.
For career technical education to be relevant, program leaders know they need to deepen their connections with employers.
At a meeting of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) just outside of Baltimore this week, officials from New Jersey and Virginia were among those who shared what was working in their states to engage businesses and sell students on high school career training.
“We have to deal with the changing perception of CTE. It’s about more than auto tech and cosmetology,” said Andrew Musick, the director of policy and research with the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, on a panel Wednesday. Students can find lucrative jobs in high-tech manufacturing, health care, and green technologies, with industry certifications and associate degrees —and parents are starting to see the value of training for middle-level jobs with the rising cost of college, he added…
“New Jersey is an example of a statewide initiative of advocacy,” said Kim Green, the executive director of the Silver Spring, Md.-based NASDCTEc. “We have been working at building systems and breaking down silos between education and the workforce.”