State Work in CTE

by Michelle Massie
April 15, 2014

All but three states had regulatory or legislative action that impacted career and technical education (CTE) last year, according to a new report released by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). NASDCTEc and ACTE are both WDQC partners.

Among some of the trends identified in the report, funding was the biggest support activity for CTE, as 31 states directed additional funds to back new and existing CTE initiatives. For instance, Alabama, California and New York implemented competitive grants to scale or replicate best practices; and Arizona and Georgia made adjustments to their state’s funding formula. Other states, such as California and South Dakota, enacted laws that called for the expanded use of labor market information and assessing employment outcomes data.

In regards to credentials, Connecticut passed a bill aimed to better identify postsecondary non-degree programs aligned to workforce shortages. The Connecticut Office of Higher Education was tasked with developing a list of non-degree certificate programs and technical training courses offered by the regional community-technical colleges that link to workforce shortage areas in the state.

The Kansas legislature also created the CTE Incentive Program. Under the program, a school district will receive a $1,000 per-student incentive for every student that graduates, or obtains within six months of graduation, an industry-recognized credential.

Additionally, other states have taken steps to ensure a more inclusive approach to education and workforce data systems:

  • A California law created an industry sector initiative charged with conducting skills gap analyses.
  • South Dakota passed legislation requiring its Department of Labor and Regulation to determine employment outcomes for graduates of all public postsecondary institutions.
  • The Texas Education Agency is now required to provide employment projection data to school districts to help with CTE planning.

The report provided both an overview and a state-by-state review of CTE-related policies that were enacted in 2013. Click here to read the full report.