CTE News

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LBCC Celebrating CTE Month!

The National CTE Letter of Intent Signing Day seeks to elevate and celebrate skills training by recognizing next year's skills students on-par with signing day for collegiate athletes. 

We are excited to recognize some of the best and brightest local students as we welcome them into our Career and Technical Education programs. At this event, high school seniors sign letters of intent, which guarantees them a seat in some of the highly competitive programs offered at LBCC, such as:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Heavy Equipment/Diesel
  • Welding
  • Mechatronics
  • Computer Aided Drafting and Design
  • Medical Assistant
  • Machine Tool Technology

View LBCC's National CTE Signing Day archived video:  Click Here



Teachers are always looking for new and innovative projects to get their students motivated to learn. Boeing has created an entire division to help educators get students to be excited about learning. For more information Click Here



Congratulations to Philomath High School Forestry for submitting the winning video in the Oregon Natural Resource Education Fund (ONREF) third-annual video contest.

To view the video, click here:  



More high schools offer industry-recognized credentials

More U.S. high schools are reporting a rising demand for industry-backed certifications, some experts suggest. In 2014, 19 states created initiatives or passed laws supporting certifications in schools, a recent report shows. Good relationships with local industry leaders and an active advisory board can help schools determine which certifications to pursue, some educators suggest.  Click here to read the full article.


Gallup Director of Research Publishes Piece in Support of CTE

Dr. Tim Hodges, Gallup Education Practice’s Director of Research, published an opinion blog on the Gallup website on Tuesday, March 10, to express his support for CTE and share a variety of statistics related to trends in the field. Hodges noted that despite building support among policymakers and leaders from business and industry, lingering stigma about CTE continue to plague the field. Hodges specifically noted the misperception that students pursuing CTE courses in high school do so at the expense of college preparation, and pointed to data that indicate CTE students enrolled in college preparatory courses outperformed their non-CTE peers by 17 percent by standards for college and career readiness.

“Students should no longer need to decide between college readiness and career preparation – it’s possible and increasingly necessary to achieve both,” Hodges said. “CTE should not just play a prominent role for a few students; it should be the new normal in education.”

Hodges also described how his his personal experiences as a CTE student prepared him for professional success, noting that while his experiences with livestock judging may not directly apply to his career with Gallup, the employability and practical skills he gained in CTE do.  For the complete article, Click Here



Employer-Educator Partnerships

America needs an effective strategy for integrating educational instruction and workforce development that benefits employers, today's workers, and workers of tomorrow. Employer-Educator Partnerships work!
This website is designed to:

  • Introduce employers and educators to the value of partnering.
  • Describe best practices and success stories.
  • Disseminate evidence-based tools that contain academic and practical solutions for building partnerships, sustaining collaborations, and creating career pathways.

Valuable information tailored for both employers and educators is presented. Whether you are an employer, educator, or other interested party, we encourage you to view both sections as they present examples, from each perspective, of how partnerships have made a difference along with links to important resources.

Lower-skilled workers make up a significant part of today's labor force; low literacy and numeracy are also a problem for many unemployed adults. These individuals are traditionally underserved by training programs. Low-wage, entry-level jobs should not be dead ends - they should be stepping stones to more productive employment.





Oregon Manufacturing Jobs Rose Nearly 4 percent in 2014, Outpacing U.S. Gains

EVANSTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Manufacturers’ News, Inc.-- Oregon gained manufacturing jobs in 2014 at a rate more than double the national average, reports the 2015 Oregon Manufacturers Directory®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI). According to data collected by MNI, Oregon manufacturers added 8,641 jobs or 3.9%, from December 2013 to December 2014, more than twice the 1.8% national average gain reported by the Labor Department for the same time period.

“Its diverse economy, abundant natural resources, and expanding food processing industry has increased investment and boosted employment.”

Manufacturers’ News reports Oregon is now home to 5,707 manufacturers employing 228,829 workers. Oregon’s nearly 4% gain was the largest reported by MNI for any U.S. state in 2014.

“Following years of losses stemming from the housing crisis and recession, Oregon’s industrial sector has picked up speed,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “Its diverse economy, abundant natural resources, and expanding food processing industry has increased investment and boosted employment.”

Manufacturers’ News reports gains were led by the food products industry as well as lumber and wood processing. The food products sector now ranks as Oregon’s top industry for jobs, employing 32,841, up 5.1% in 2014.

Oregon’s sizable lumber sector saw a 4.8% increase in jobs, according to MNI.

For the full report, including a regional analysis, visit www.manufacturersnews.com/news.

Job increases were recorded in nearly all of Oregon’s industrial sectors with employment in stone/clay/glass up 11.6%; instruments/related products, up 6.6%; transportation equipment, up 5.3% and fabricated metals, up 4.3%.

Printing and publishing lost the most jobs, down 5% in 2014.

MNI reports manufacturing employment increased 5.2% in Portland, with the first-ranked city home to 51,870 workers.

Established in 1912, Manufacturers News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of industrial information. MNI offers a variety of solutions to help customers connect with 430,000 U.S. manufacturers and suppliers, from print directories to online subscriptions. MNI’s industrial database subscription service EZ Select (http://www.ezselect.com) allows users to tap into a live interactive database of manufacturers, while its industrial search engine IndustryNet (http://www.industrynet.com) connects buyers and suppliers and allows users to view profiles and obtain competitive quotes. MNI’s print directories include in-depth profiles of every manufacturer in the U.S. For more information, contact Manufacturers’ News, Inc. 847-864-7000. http://www.manufacturersnews.com



Big Bounty for Small School Farm

A one-acre farm on the campus of Vista High School in California yields substantial amounts of produce and meat that is shared with the culinary arts program and distributed to families in need. The school offers six agricultural programs, some of which offer credits that can be applied to the state university system.  Entire Article


Crescent Valley combines art and engineering to broaden appeal of technical education - Corvallis Gazette-Times

Ari Townsend spent much of her class time helping to teach her peers how to load their designs into a laser engraver — a computer-controlled machine that cut their patterns into glass.

They spent Wednesday building light sculptures — engraved glass set into a wooden base and lit from below — as part of a new class this year at Crescent Valley High School.

The course combines the school’s art-by-design class with introduction to engineering. It has given CV freshmen hands-on experience with computer-controlled machines that they can use to make art projects, such as custom-made stickers and egg launchers as well as light sculptures.

“The main goal of this program was to increase female interest in tech education, and we did that,” said Victoria Eastwood, an art teacher who co-instructs the class with engineering teacher Adam Kirsch.  Click here for the entire article


80 percent of students taking a college preparatory academic curriculum with rigorous CTE met college and career readiness goals, compared to only 63 percent of students taking the same academic core who did not experience rigorous CTE. (SREB, High Schools That Work 2012 Assessment)

As this data point illustrates, high school students who take a curriculum in which rigorous CTE is integrated with academics are more likely to meet college and career readiness goals than those taking an academic curriculum alone. Luckily, federal and state leaders are recognizing that it takes both relevant technical and career-related skills as well as academic skills to prepare students for the future: Learn more with the State CTE Policy Review from 2013 here.



Tom Hanks:  I Owe It All to  Community College

IN 1974, I graduated from Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif., an underachieving student with lousy SAT scores. Allowed to send my results to three colleges, I chose M.I.T. and Villanova, knowing such fine schools would never accept a student like me but hoping they’d toss some car stickers my way for taking a shot. I couldn’t afford tuition for college anyway. I sent my final set of stats to Chabot, a community college in nearby Hayward, Calif., which, because it accepted everyone and was free, would be my alma mater.

For thousands of commuting students, Chabot was our Columbia, Annapolis, even our Sorbonne, offering courses in physics, stenography, auto mechanics, certified public accounting, foreign languages, journalism — name the art or science, the subject or trade, and it was probably in the catalog. The college had a nursing program that churned out graduates, sports teams that funneled athletes to big-time programs, and parking for a few thousand cars — all free but for the effort and the cost of used textbooks.

Read the full article here.



Every once in a while a video comes across my desk that makes me think twice.  Here is one example.