First of June can be seen as the start of a new chapter in the sectors of technical education and careers. This is the day when the United States are beginning the implementation of the ‘Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act’. The camp of President Donald Trump authorised the law into the legislature, aimed for improvement of CTE (Career and Technical Education). This is developed to teach students the skills required to be in contention for grabbing high salary and demand occupations.
Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education said that her team was highly encouraged by the way that the different states have accepted the reform positively. Examples of innovative ideas found in state transition plans include the following:
- Changing the amount of federal funding that states direct to community colleges and high schools based on labor market demands and employer needs.
- Building partnerships between high schools and postsecondary institutions by encouraging the submission of a single local “consortia” application, which allows for the pooling of resources for shared purposes.
- Refining definition of size, scope, and quality of career and technical education programs to incorporate more elements of the Department’s Programs of Study Framework and the Association for Career and Technical Education’s Definition of High-Quality CTE.
- Piloting online courses for students, teachers, and faculty members.
- Requiring that all students complete “Individualized Success Plans.”
- Experimenting with competency-based learning and integrating traditional academic coursework with technical skill coursework.