Our nation is facing a deficit of skilled workers and the need to get additional people in and through postsecondary education and training has never been more necessary. Following the release of its high school reform position paper in 2006, ACTE has released a new paper focusing on improving postsecondary success through the experiences and resources of career and technical education (CTE). This paper outlines the organization’s vision on students obtaining advanced skills in a postsecondary setting to become vital and skilled workers in our competitive society. ACTE recommends postsecondary expectations for all; an integrated education system; curriculum and instructional offerings that link to careers and ensure lifelong learning; portability and transferability of credits; enhanced student supports; increased financial support for low-income students; and innovative approaches to funding. Throughout this paper, ACTE stresses the need to create a system that enables people to access and complete postsecondary education and training throughout their lives that will enable them to secure high-skill, high-wage or high-demand jobs in current or emerging career fields.
Advocacy and Trends, ACTE Publications