A good article from US News & World Report on the Common Career Technical Core, a set of standards designed specifically for vocational training and education.
Out of the 46 states and three territories who have adopted the secondary CTE standards, 45 of them offer programs in STEM. At the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Marie Barry, director of the Office of Career and Technical Education at the New Jersey Department of Education, said such state programs are “preparing students for multiple options” rather than a single job.
Barry said New Jersey has seen firsthand the effects of STEM integration in vocational training. A culinary arts degree, among the most traditional technical credentials, has grown to include a “culinology” program that integrates nutrition, microbiology and chemistry into technical training.
“You can do this in a way that’s rigorous and engaging,”Barry said of the STEM-focused educational programs. In another New Jersey school, she explained, students studying aerospace were building and designing their own unmanned aerial vehicles.