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Challenges and Opportunities in Career and Technical Education

Challenges and Opportunities in Career and Technical Education
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Author(s): Leane B. Skinner (Auburn University, USA), Maria Martinez Witte (Auburn University, USA) and James E. Witte (Auburn University, USA)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 19
Source title: Definitive Readings in the History, Philosophy, Theories and Practice of Career and Technical Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Victor X. Wang (California State University at Long Beach, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-747-3.ch012

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Abstract

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is no longer just a training program for workers. CTE today prepares students for employment, industry credentialing, postsecondary education, and lifelong learning. This change, stimulated by demand and federal legislation, has brought many new challenges and opportunities for CTE. Federal legislation, CTE image, and decrease in secondary enrollment and in teacher education programs have created challenges and opportunities for all CTE stakeholders. In 2008, a National Career and Technical Education Research Agenda were approved by the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE). This agenda will be the framework for future research relating to the critical issues and concerns in CTE. This chapter addresses the challenges and opportunities for CTE as well as future trends.

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