Priming the Pipeline: Strengthening Career and Technical Education
Career and technical education is an important, expanding, and sometimes underrated engine for workforce development and closing the STEM skills gap. CTE programs can have a real impact on a wide range of individuals, from high school students interested in computing positions to career machinists or manufacturing workers seeking to strengthen their abilities. Many postsecondary programs are building robust partnerships with industry, spurred by targeted local- and state-level investments and policies keyed to high-demand middle-skill jobs. This session will feature speakers involved with CTE programs that have seen results in building strong pathways into careers for students of all ages and backgrounds, as well as insights on what makes for effective CTE public policy.