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ExcelinEd Releases New Resource to Improve State Career Education Programs

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ExcelinEd released Auditing a State Career and Technical Education Program for Quality, the third installment in a series of resources to help states better align education programs with employer demand. With federal reauthorization of the Perkins Act last month, states have new flexibility in creating and implementing career and technical education (CTE) programs. This practical guide can help state policymakers take full advantage of this flexibility to ensure their state CTE programs are designed to help students prepare for successful careers in their states.

"It is time to make sure all students have the opportunity to pursue courses and skills that will serve them in the future. This is the only way we will be able to close the skills gap — the difference between what employers need to fill existing in-demand positions and the current knowledge and skills possessed by America's workforce," said Patricia Levesque, CEO of ExcelinEd. "Successful CTE programs empower students to explore and prepare for a range of career options while they are still in high school. From health care services to information technology, these programs offer education pathways that align with the needs of their state or region's employers."

A CTE audit can set the stage for a rich and robust examination of a state's current CTE program, what it is achieving and whether or not those achievements are fully aligned with the state's education, economic and workforce priorities. This new playbook guides state policymakers through a three-phase audit process to assess CTE program quality, alignment and overall effectiveness.

For more information on career and technical education, visit ExcelinEd's policy library and read the first two installments of the CTE playbook: Putting Career and Technical Education to Work for Students and Building Cross-Sector Partnerships to Support Career and Technical Education Pathways

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Jennifer Diaz
ExcelinEd
850.391.3090
Jennifer@ExcelinEd.org

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