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Tennessee College, Career and Technical Education Makes Significant Strides in 2020-21 – tn.gov

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State Focuses on Student Readiness to Boost Postsecondary Success

NASHVILLE, TN— Today, the Tennessee Department of Education released the 2020-21 College, Career and Technical Education Overview, which highlights the state’s strategic initiatives designed to increase post-secondary opportunities for Tennessee students and align K-12 education with workforce and higher education needs to prepare students for the future.

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State Focuses on Student Readiness to Boost Postsecondary Success

NASHVILLE, TN— Today, the Tennessee Department of Education released the 2020-21 College, Career and Technical Education Overview, which highlights the state’s strategic initiatives designed to increase post-secondary opportunities for Tennessee students and align K-12 education with workforce and higher education needs to prepare students for the future.

With a focus on College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE), the state has made tremendous strides over the last year in removing obstacles to future success for Tennessee students through robust investment, career-oriented programming and partnerships across the state. 

“Tennessee families, educators, schools, districts, and industry and business leaders should be proud of the work and progress we are collectively making to help prepare our kids for the future,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “Over the past year, we have continued to make significant gains towards helping Tennessee students find pathways to further their education and establish careers to help our state’s economy thrive and help them reach their fullest potential. By preparing students for competitive, high-paying jobs and careers, and by helping connect businesses and industries with a skilled labor force to meet their needs, we are able to make a positive impact on the lives of Tennesseans.”

CCTE impacts the state’s economy, school districts, students, and all stakeholders through ambitious projects and a tireless commitment to improvement. This report serves to highlight the achievements of the past school year and to preview what is still to come, which is highlighted below. 

Economic Impact

Through expansion of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs, CCTE gives all students—including those from historically marginalized populations—the opportunity to earn while they learn. These initiatives not only assist in breaking the cycle of generational poverty, they also help guarantee well trained employees for state manufacturers and other vital businesses. 

The Pathways to STEM Apprenticeships for High School CTE Students Grant awarded $600,000 from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to establish competency-based registered apprenticeship programs in STEM-related fields that include advanced manufacturing and computer science while allowing students to simultaneously participate in paid, on-the-job training as well as high-quality instruction.

In addition to the pilot program at Gestamp, Chattanooga, a combination welder program was launched at Oshkosh Defense Corporation in Jefferson City, and an information technology program was established at Maryville City Schools. These programs saw 29 high school graduates who completed the programs seamlessly transition into a postsecondary institution or into the workforce following the 2020-21 school year.

“STEM Designation has been a huge morale boost at our school and has given some of our teachers confidence to try new things that did not have that confidence before. It has also given a sense of pride to our entire community,” said Dr. Hans Ballew, Principal of Northview Primary School, Sevier County Schools. “Thanks to the grant from the state for STEM Designation …….

Source: https://www.tn.gov/education/news/2021/11/18/tennessee-college–career-and-technical-education-makes-significant-strides-in-2020-21-.html