CTE Month® is an annual awareness campaign sponsored by the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) each February to celebrate Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs across the country. This year’s theme — Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow! — aligns perfectly with our nation’s current focus on investing in CTE programs, improving access to skills-based education and training to ensure students secure future in-demand careers, and building strong and sustainable economies.

Here are recaps of recent headlines showcasing the increased attention on CTE and the impact it has on the future of students – and the economy.

$20 Million Invested to Improve CTE and Future Employment for Young People in 10 States

As part of the second phase of the $75 million New Skills for Youth initiative, the following 10  states were awarded grants of $2 million dollars to put toward the execution of career readiness plans: Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

“A postsecondary degree, credential or certificate is the new minimum for success in the workforce,” said Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin in an official announcement. “The New Skills for Youth Grant builds on my Oklahoma Works Initiative to align education to the needs of the workforce.”

The Oklahoma Works Initiative also includes OK Career Guide, powered by Kuder®. Launched in 2015, OK Career Guide is available to students in grades six through 12, postsecondary students, and adults throughout the state. When the system was first implemented, Fallin said, “The OK Career Guide allows our students to not only dream big, but also provides roadmaps for them to accomplish those dreams. This will be a significant component to the Oklahoma Works initiative.”

Read more about the 10 states receiving New Skills for Youth grants.

The Benefits of Work-Based Learning

Earlier this week, the ACTE blog featured a post about the value of work-based learning, noting students can participate in a variety of programs ranging from tours and job shadowing to internships and apprenticeships.  

Kuder is a proud longtime supporter of School-to-Work programs. The Kuder Career Planning System® is a central component in programs throughout the country, and we participate in the Waukee School District’s School-to-Work program as a community business partner. Through this partnership, we provide Kuder Navigator® so students can build multi-year education plans, develop portfolios, and complete career assessments, results of which help administrators determine best-fit local internships for the students. Additionally, Kuder serves as an employer to the program's participating high school seniors each year.  

Our School-to-Work interns have helped us implement and launch global projects, redesign our website, plan and operate events, and more. We know firsthand that work-based learning is a transformative experience for students and employers alike; and engaging in it has reinforced our belief in — and commitment to — CTE.

Stay tuned for an upcoming white paper from Kuder about the importance of career assessments in work-based learning programs. The paper will feature insight from more than 150 current and former work-based learning program students.



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Stephanie Sherrod

Stephanie Sherrod is a marketing manager for Kuder. Before joining the company in 2015, she spent 15 years as a consultant, writer, and editor for organizations in varying industries, including a major textbook publisher in Chicago, Illinois. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Io ... read more

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