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Today, National Skills Coalition joined with seven other national organizations to release “Putting Learner Success First,” a collective vision for the future of career and technical education (CTE) in the United States. The new document – which is supported by Advance CTE, the Association for Career and Technical Education, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Association of State Boards of Education, the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges, and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation – provides an important call to action for policymakers and stakeholders to strengthen CTE to ensure that jobseekers and businesses have the skills they need to compete in today’s economy.
“Putting Learner Success First” outlines five guiding principles for transforming CTE, as well as key action steps to implement those principles. Specifically, the framework calls for a system in which:
The vision document is the result of the Future of CTE Summit, a 2015 convening hosted by NSC and partner organizations that brought together a range of state and local leaders from secondary and postsecondary education systems, workforce development, businesses, and the philanthropic community. NSC staff, board members, and local partners participated in the event, and worked closely with our national partners in the development of the final report.
NSC is proud to support the vision of “Putting Learner Success First,” which is consistent with NSC’s recommendations for reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. With Congress considering significant updates to the Perkins Act for the first time since 2006, “Putting Learner Success First” provides an important framework for policymakers to ensure that our nation’s CTE systems are aligned with the skill needs of workers and industries. We look forward to working with our national partners to build on this foundation in the months and years to come.