Career and Technical Education
NEA is committed to strengthening career and technical education programs.
Research consistently has shown that when students are engaged in school, through coursework, relationships, and extra-curricular activities, they are less likely to drop out. We believe measures that provide schools, educators, and communities the dedicated, targeted resources needed to provide cutting edge career and technical education programs, instruction, and apprenticeships will ensure the greatest number of students achieve successful certification, gainful employment, and boundless options. NEA supports a career and technical education agenda that:
- Ensures access to the most up-to-date equipment;
- Maintains a strong pipeline of quality, credentialed, and experienced educators;
- Includes participation of underserved and nontraditional students;
- Provides real career pathways;
- Fosters collaboration among business, labor, employment, and economic development sectors to produce meaningful programs of study.
NEA lends its voice to defining career readiness.
As a member of the Career Readiness Partner Council, NEA has joined almost three dozen national organizations to bring clarity around what it means for students to be career ready. The new definition identifies a career ready person as one who is able to “effectively navigate[s] pathways that connect education and employment to achieve a fulfilling, financially-secure and successful career.” Read the full definition and President Van Roekel’s statement.
NEA and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, or Perkins, provides much needed support for career and technical education programs at the state and local levels. These programs are critical for preparing youth and adults for a variety of careers and are essential in strengthening the country’s workforce. Funding for these programs provides one of the largest sources of federal funding for high schools and is an important resource of community colleges nationwide. Read NEA positions on Perkins and the federal role in strengthening career and technical education programs.
- Perkins Collaborative Resource Network: provides current information on the status of Perkins as well as state and federal activities.
- U.S. Department of Education’s Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education: details the federal government’s plans for updating Perkins and streamlining aid for career and technical education programs.
- Common Career Technical Core: offers links to all of the newly released common standards for programs of study.
- The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act ( PDF, 276 KB, 67 pgs.): links to the public law, in which the U.S. Congress updated in 2006. Congress may reauthorize the law as soon as 2012.