Techniques

This magazine has news on legislative affecting career and technical education, features on issues and program, profiles of educators and notices of new products.

Articles from Vol. 83, No. 6, September

A Conversation with Newt Gingrich: At the "Ed. in '08 Blogger Summit," an Event Sponsored by Strong American Schools, Newt Gingrich Spoke to ACTE about How Career and Technical Education Fits into His Ideas for Improving Education in the U.S
ACTE: You've said that one goal of education reform should be to eliminate 50 percent of education bureaucracy and spend that money on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Given that there is a growing shortage of skilled technicians,...
A Look at the Law, Public Safety Corrections & Security Cluster
A month after the 9/11 terrorist attack in 2001, an advisory group met in Little Rock, Arkansas, to begin the development of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security (LPSCS) career cluster. At that time there were five pathways of what was...
Are You Ready for the Transition?
THE NATION IS CAUGHT IN THE UNFOLDING DRAMA of the 2008 Presidential contest. Both the Republican and Democratic contests were compelling, populated by interesting and qualified candidates, centering on vital national and international issues, and...
Are You Teaching to Your Past or Their Future?
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATORS ALL HAVE ONE COMMON GOAL: to prepare students for the workplace. The question is fast becoming: whose workplace? The one teachers experienced? Or the ones their students will experience? Is the future really at work in...
Biomedical Informatics Technician
Biomedical informatics technicians use computer programs and established methods and classification systems to compile, process, maintain and report electronic health data necessary for functions that include patient care, insurance reimbursement,...
Building Relationships with Reporters
AS ACTE WORKS ON IMPROVING THE IMAGE of career and technical education (CTE) at the national level, I wanted to provide advice for members on how to increase coverage of their CTE programs in the local press. Each story that is written about CTE increases...
Career Clusters Implementation in the States: Career Clusters Are Groups of Similar Occupations That Help Organize Career Planning, and Tailor Student Courses to Individual Career Paths
When the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) released its April 2007 study on career clusters and programs of study, it noted that. ''The majority of states have embraced the concept of career...
Career Pathways: What They Are and Why We Need Them
The topic of career pathways has gained momentum across the country. It is the latest effort in the field of career development to assist young people to be able to map out their high school and postsecondary courses of study which will lead them to...
CTE's Role in Workforce Readiness Credentialing
ACTE issue briefs are designed to highlight the role of career and technical education (CTE) in broader issues of national interest. Each brief is designed to strengthen the voice of CTE related to the specific issue and to draw more attention to CTE...
Engaging Students with Brain-Based Learning
"LEARNING IS INNATELY LINKED TO THE BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL FORCES that control the human brain" (Hileman, 2006, p. 18). Although few people would argue with this statement, the educational and science communities have sometimes overlooked the role...
Freshman Transition: A Preparatory to Career Clusters
ANYONE CONCERNED WITH REDUCING HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT RATES has encountered sobering statistics. The information is abundant and bleakly staggering in terms of the picture it paints for today's youngsters. Fortunately, recognition of the problem has led...
Industry: Talks the Talk and Walks the Walk
Home Builders Institute (HBI), the workforce development arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), is dedicated to the advancement and enrichment of education and training programs serving the needs of the building industry. For more...
Labor Market Information for Career Cluster Initiatives
American education today faces numerous challenges. With many low- to mid-skill jobs disappearing or leaving the country, tomorrow's workers need a flexible foundation of knowledge and skills that enable them to process information, use productive...
Mid-State Technical College
At its Marshfield campus, Wisconsin's Mid-State Technical College (MSTC) prepares students for the emerging world of electronic, comprehensive health record management and application through the Biomedical Informatics Technician (BIT) program. The...
Pathway to the Future
I AM SO THRILLED TO BE WRITING MY FIRST MEMBERSHIP MESSAGE as your President for the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). When I started down my professional pathway as a teacher nearly 18 years ago, I would have never imagined that...
What Congress Did on Its Summer Vacation ... and What You Vacation Can Do This Fall
IT IS NO SECRET THAT PROGRESS IN WASHINGTON BEGINS TO WANE IN THE SUMMER MONTHS and comes to a screeching halt in August as many Members of Congress return home to campaign for re-election. The lack of progress was exacerbated this year due to the...
What's the Big Deal about the K&S?
Career clusters, career pathways, career majors, programs of study, plans of study--the list of terms being used these days to help describe the process for helping learners/students reach success in careers and postsecondary education seems endless....