It’s been an exciting year so far for career and technical education.
President Donald Trump announced a new budget proposal that would increase career and technical education funding by $900 million. The proposal is supported by many CTE organizations including Advance CTE and the Association for Career and Technical Education.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos commented on the budget saying “It’s maybe the largest investment in CTE ever.”
The increase in CTE funding comes with a cost. The same proposal cuts the Department of Educations funding by 7.8% or $5.6 billion. STEM is currently one of the most under-resourced programs in classrooms, but organizations are stepping up to change that.
In Oregon, their four-year high school graduation rate was the highest it’s ever been at 80%. Students who took at least one career and technical education course had a higher graduation rate at 88.9% and 93.5%. In short, career and technical education is helping increase graduation rates for post-secondary institutions.
Most policymakers have supported an increase in career and technical education funding. STEM programs in schools have proven to lead to higher graduation rates and increase engagement among students.
Here are just some of the exciting stories among career and technical education so far in 2020.
President Donald Trump recently announced a $900 million increase in education spending that would go towards career and technical education training. Trump is using this spending to offer stronger career paths for students interested in alternatives to four-year degrees. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos offered a comment to the press after the administration released its new budget proposal.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) month is happening now. Students around the country are benefiting from government funding that will help increase student participation in all 16 career clusters: agriculture, architecture, business management, communications, education, finance, government, health science, hospitality, human services, information technology, public safety, manufacturing, marketing, S.T.E.M.
1. Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center 2. Alpena Public Schools 3. Bay Arenac ISD Career Center 4. Berrien County Career & Technical Education 5. Branch Area Career Center BACC 6. Calhoun Area Career Center CACC 7. Capital Area Career Center 8. Careerline Tech Center 9. Charlevoix-Emmet ISD 10.