Seems the Federal Gov. sees great value in Career and Technical Education (CTE). From the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education (NASDCTE):
Last week Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the National Academy Foundation’s NEXT Conference about the President’s FY13 budget proposal to invest $1 billion in career academies. Funding at this level could increase the number of career academies by 3,000 and serve an additional 500,000 students.
According to Duncan, $200 million in grants to states would be available in FY13, and $400 million would be available in both FY14 and FY15. Grants to would total $4 million each to states, and would be given over a three year period. States would distribute those funds competitively to locals.
As part of the grant program, the Department of Education is proposing a definition of “career academy” that each state must use for the in-state competition:
- A career academy is a secondary school program as organized as a small learning community or school within a school to provide the support of a personalized learning environment.
- The academy must begin in ninth grade and combine credit-bearing academic and technical curriculum.
- The academy must organize curriculum around a career theme like those proposed by NAF – hospitality and tourism, IT, health, science, and engineering – and be aligned with states’ college- and career-ready standards.
- The academy must provide work-based learning and career exploration activities through partnerships with local employers.
- The academy must articulate entrance requirements of postsecondary education programs to ensure students graduate from high school ready to pursue a higher education degree or credential.
Good CTE programs cost money to launch and money to sustain. Just ask anyone who teaches at a high quality, successful CTE high school.