DECA Leaders Attend #ReThinkCTE Event
DECA’s Executive Director, Lou DiGioia, and Executive Officers, Allison Brown and Andrew Weatherman, were invited to attend the Rethink Career and Technical Education Summit Friday, December 14, at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. According to the event’s website, “this invitation-only event brings together business and industry representatives, associations and educators with demonstrated commitment to preparing America’s future workforce.”
The event, organized by the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE), kicked off with an address from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about Rethinking Education, followed by Assistant Secretary Scott Stump’s presentation about Envisioning 21st Century Career and Technical Education. Attendees will engage in discussions on topics ranging from Scaling Innovation in Career and Technical Education to Leveraging Student Perspectives.
From the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education:
Given the current skills gap in America’s workplace and a shift from “college for all” to “college and career ready” in today’s education system, now is the time for reinvention. The new Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V; Public Law 115-224) provides a tremendous opportunity to rethink our career and technical education (CTE) delivery system in the United States. Perkins V offers local communities new flexibility to expand education pathways for students, work with business and industry to align CTE programs to State, local or regional workforce needs, and redesign CTE programs to better prepare students for successful careers.
During the Rethink CTE Summit, [attendees] will examine the Act’s new levers of opportunity and work together to identify specific ways in which we all can use those opportunities to challenge the status quo, set more students on a meaningful career path, and address the expanding skills gap for U.S. employers.