The Business Council is actively seeking additional member participation for our Career and Technical Education (CTE) committee. Chuck Szuberla, assistant commissioner at the state education department, recently noted the importance of CTE and its link to college and career readiness including the fact that an additional $1 trillion could be injected into the U.S. economy annually, if U.S. students performed at the same level in math as students in Canada.
The majority of students who complete CTE programs have over a 90 percent graduation rate but early exposure to it is critical. CTE requires rigorous instruction and is not a lowering of standards. The Board of Regents is currently looking into multiple pathways to graduation, including a specialized CTE diploma. The Business Council encourages companies that support an alternative to the Regents diploma to express their support to the Regents.
One example of a model that is successfully incorporating CTE programming is the New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School program (NYS P-TECH). This partnership between school districts, private sector companies and the State University of New York has the goal of ensuring that students are prepared with academic, technical and soft skills — such as critical thinking — needed for success post-high school. There are currently 16 partnerships from across the state, which allow businesses to play a critical role in mentoring and providing work-site learning experiences.
Please contact Sonia Lindell to get involved with The Council’s CTE education efforts.