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Council Members Jacobsohn and Nuñez Advise White House Conference on Women and Girls in STEM and CTE

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The role of technical education in empowering young women in non-traditional careers was the focus of a high profile White House conference hosted by the Georgetown University Law School yesterday. The event, titled Front and Center: Bringing Marginalized Girls into Focus in STEM and Career and Technical Education (CTE), brought experts from government, academia, community organizations and industry partners in a wide=ranging discussion of the topic. CTE Council Members Ivana Nuñez and Françoise Jacobsohn, Council Vice-Chairperson, both contributed valuable insights and real-world experiences to the discussions.

Georgetown Law posted a video of the conference on-line at this link.


(Fast forward to the start at 24:00.)


(Start at 27:55.)

The conference keynote was delivered by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Adviser to President Barack Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls.



Dr. Njema Frazier of Diversity Science LLC briefly set the context for the upcoming panels.



Following Katrina Burch, Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy,  Ivana Nuñez spoke of her family’s support in her electrical installation career path at Queens Vocational and Technical High School. She described the importance of her CTE teachers and the female role models from the construction trades that she met in her studies.



In the afternoon panel on Potential Policy Levers, Françoise Jacobsohn’s talk (beginning at 3:34:45) pointed out the high public policy cost of segregating women out of high paying, high skills jobs. She pointed out that 50% of blue collar jobs are in the STEM economy, and she described her experiences advocating for gender equity in New York City.

The full program and speakers list is available on-line.

UPDATE: A Storify compendium of tweets about the event:

Study: Innovative Construction Skills Program Places CTE Graduates in Middle-Class Careers

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A study released this week by Columbia University found that the Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills, an innovative workforce development model for students in New York’s CTE schools, has been succeeding in placing minority youth in middle-class careers in the construction industry. The report, Expanding Opportunity for Middle Class Jobs In New York City: Minority Youth Employment in the Building and Construction Trades, was written by Ester Fuchs and Dorian Warren, professors of political science at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

The 54-page report presents a comprehensive analysis of the Molloy Construction Skills Initiative and provides some eye-opening statistics:

The cost per Construction Skills student placed in a union apprenticeship is $7,500 and increases their lifetime earning potential by 166 percent compared to other high school graduates working as a fast food cook.

With the same level of education, a Construction Skills graduate will earn $1.6 million more than a fast food cook over a lifetime of earnings.

And this chart on Page 31:


The authors found that Construction Skills is the most successful construction industry pre-apprenticeship program in the country, based on a review of pre-apprenticeship programs in other cities, and the story they tell provides invaluable insights for developing productive and sustainable partnerships between schools and industry.

See the news release and read the full report.

New Study: CTE Students Are Much More Likely to Graduate than Non-CTE Students

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CSS StudyA new study, Challenging Traditional Expectations: How New York City’s CTE High Schools Are Helping Students Graduate [PDF] by Lazar Treschan and Apurva Mehrotraof the Community Service Society (CSS), “tracks the outcomes of a cohort of 79,705 students — including 6,262 from CTE schools in the city – from September 2008 when they entered high school through June and August 2012 graduations. Drawing on previous work on CTE schools by a 2008 Mayoral Task Force and a 2012 Public Advocate’s report, the CSS study is the first quantitative, statistical analysis of CTE student and school-level data.”

Some key findings:

  • New York City public high school students are more likely to graduate if they attend a CTE school.
  • Individual CTE schools compare very favorably to schools with similar student populations.
  • CTE schools serve students who, on average, enter high school less likely to graduate.

The study focused on the 25 dedicated CTE high schools that had at least one graduating class by August 2012. Newer schools like P-TECH and the integrated CTE programs at generalized high schools were not included. In general, newer, smaller schools had better outcomes than older, bigger schools. Analyses of school choice decisions, demographic data, college readiness, and a school-by-school comparison provide a wealth of detail about the CTE landscape in New York City.

Graduation Rates for Black and Latino Student in CTE Schools Far Outpace Traditional High School

Vocational Students Graduate at Higher Rates

NY POST, Feb 25 2014:
Tech education helping city students get ahead

Annual Citywide CTE Conference Set for Feb. 3

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Middle and high school teachers, assistant principals, and guidance counselors are invited to register for the annual citywide Career and Technical Education (CTE) conference to be held February 3, 2014 at Albert Shanker Hall at UFT headquarters. Sponsored by the New York City Department of Education, the United Federation of Teachers, the CTE Council, the Technical Assistance Center of New York State and other partners, this conference will include professional development sessions and presentations led by teachers and industry experts. The event will also focus on Perkins re-authorization and implementation of the federal Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education.

Topics for workshops include: serving English-language learners in CTE programs, implementing work-based learning, program quality and approval, effective advisory boards, curriculum, and financial literacy, as well as industry-specific sessions on health care, media/design, transportation, information technology, culinary arts, construction/sustainability, pre-engineering, and business/finance.



Brooklyn Parents Meeting Will Showcase CTE on Nov 20

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2013 CTE HS DirectoryTN CTE HS Map imageTNNew York City’s career and technical education efforts are drawing national attention as parents and policymakers focus on practical education alternatives that help students get an early start on career and college. When President Obama landed in Prospect Park, he came to Brooklyn to visit a a CTE school. In Governor Cuomo’s new budget, he calls for building 10 new CTE high schools around the state. And since 2008, Mayor Bloomberg has greatly expanded career and technical programs and Mayor-elect De Blasio recently campaigned on expanding CTE further.

As the December 2 deadline for high school applications approaches, CTE Council Members, industry partners and recent graduates once again will talk about career and technical education with middle school and high school parents and parent groups at Borough Hall:


Wednesday, November 20, 2013
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street

This event is free of charge.
Register on-line at ,
or email
or leave a voice mail  or text message at 347-948-4283.

 (Click to get a PDF of the flyer to post or email.)

Partner PDs Reach Hundreds of CTE Teachers

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Industry partners on stage at the Apple Soho store.


This week, hundreds of CTE teachers and administrators took part in NYC CTE PD, the professional development events produced by educators and industry partners all around the city on Election Day. Slides, handouts and follow-up links are now being posted for each PD. (See the Graphics PD here.) Follow for updates to the on-line courseware being posted this week.

To get email updates about future NYC CTE events, sign up on the NYC CTE Master list.

Obama Administration Releases a Blueprint for CTE

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As part of the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the primary federal law covering CTE, the U.S. Department of Education proposes a$1 billion investment in the FY 2013 budget for a blueprint covering four key areas:

Alignment: Ensuring that the skills taught in CTE programs reflect the actual needs of the labor market so that CTE students acquire the 21st century skills necessary for in-demand occupations within high-growth industry sectors.

Collaboration: Incentivizing secondary schools, institutions of higher education, employers, and industry partners to work together to ensure that all CTE programs offer students high-quality learning opportunities.

Accountability: Requiring CTE programs to show, through common definitions and related performance measures, that they are improving academic outcomes and enabling students to build technical and job skills.

Innovation: Promoting systemic reform of state-level policies to support effective CTE implementation and innovation at the local level.

Clearly the collaboration of industry partners — employers, labor unions, post-secondary institutions and community groups — is more important to the development of a 21st century labor force than ever before.

Reuters: President calls for more CTE partnerships

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A Reuters story yesterday reviewed President Obama’s budget proposals that contained

substantial new spending on education with a $69.8 billion education budget heavily focused on boosting vocational training, both at the high-school and college level.

An $8 billion “Community College to Career Fund”

would encourage partnerships between two-year colleges and local businesses to identify in-demand skills and develop courses that help build them. It would also finance online and in-person training for up to 600,000 aspiring entrepreneurs.

For K-12 schools, the President

asked Congress to direct $1.1 billion to improve vocational and technical education at the secondary-school level. He proposed spending a further $1 billion on high-school “career academies” that train future workers in industries such as health care or information technology.

The article quotes a Fordham Institute researcher who noted that the pendulum of education reform is swinging back in favor of CTE.

Read the whole story: Obama calls for focus on vocational training

First reactions: the Diversity of CTE

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The roundtable segment at today's meeting run by the NYSED drew on many years of CTE experience. Some first thoughts: CTE is a broad wide tent: electricians, carpenters, nurses, network techs, car mechanics, theater artists, web developers, dig... Read more