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Good news!  Career and technical education is increasingly being recognized as an important part of public education. Although those of us in the CTE community have long understood this, many others are coming to the same conclusion as well.

Most of you by now have either heard of or read the groundbreaking report Pathways to Prosperity issued by Harvard's Graduate School of Education. If not, consider it required reading!
 
Toward a Common Model of CTE was written by Jean-Claude Brizard, a former high school administrator and CEO of Chicago Public Schools and now a Senior Advisor at The College Board. Brizard highlights what he sees as the value-added of high-quality high school CTE.
 
The second report, co-authored by Harry J. Holzer of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy, Dane Linn of The Business Roundtable, and Wanda Monthey of The College Board, was released in 2013. This report emerged from a convening of a large group of CTE researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who met to identify what constitutes high-quality CTE. Holzer, Linn, and Monthey examine the labor market environment confronting young people today and discuss what they believe to be the characteristics of CTE programs that address those challenges. Although there have been some criticisms of some of the analyses in this report, I want to share this with you because it illustrates the interest in CTE being expressed by influential voices outside the immediate field of CTE.

Additional reports offering more support for CTE:

Upcoming Events

October 2
Talk & Tour: Careers in Biomedical Technology & Manufacturing
6:00 PM
Medbio, Inc., 5346 36th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512, USA
Talk & Tour: Careers in Biomedical Technology & Manufacturing
Oct 2
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Medbio, Inc., 5346 36th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512, USA
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event.

The Talk & Tour Series is an evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market.

This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace.

Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event.
Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event.

Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted.
Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.
October 16
Talk & Tour: Careers in Health/Orthopaedics
6:00 PM
Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan, 1111 Leffingwell Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Talk & Tour: Careers in Health/Orthopaedics
Oct 16
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan, 1111 Leffingwell Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event.

The Talk & Tour Series is an evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market.

This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace.

Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event.
Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event.

Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted.
Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.
Talk & Tour: Careers in Manufacturing
6:00 PM
Lacks Enterprises
Talk & Tour: Careers in Manufacturing
Oct 16
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Lacks Enterprises
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event.

The Talk & Tour Series is an evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market.

This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace.

Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event.
Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event.

Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted.
Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.
October 23
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Public Health
6:00 PM
Kent County Health Department, 700 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Public Health
Oct 23
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Kent County Health Department, 700 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event.

The Talk & Tour Series is an evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market.

This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace.

Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event.
Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event.

Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted.
Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.
October 24
Kenowa Hills High School College & Career Day
9:00 AM
Kenowa Hills High School, 3825 Hendershot Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544, USA
Kenowa Hills High School College & Career Day
Oct 24
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Kenowa Hills High School, 3825 Hendershot Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Email Pamela Flint at pflint@khps.org and Diane Brewster at dbrewster@khps.org to secure your spot!