Giving Compass’ Take:
· Dian Schaffhauser discusses the best practices to ensure career and technical education programs don’t repeat the same problems of the past and strive towards equity.
· How can we achieve equity in career and technical education programs? How can donors contribute to these efforts?
How can the career and technical education programs of today avoid the equity problems that plagued vocational education in previous generations? That’s the question at the heart of a new policy brief from MDRC.
The nonprofit, which tackles some of the stickiest problems facing the country, brought together practitioners from 14 “innovative” CTE programs to discuss the topic. The goal was to prevent CTE, which is currently “enjoying a renaissance” as a route to middle-skill jobs in high-wage, high-demand fields, from becoming mired in the problems of the past, where voc-ed was often used to divert low-income or minority students away from a college education and toward low-paying fields that lacked opportunities for career advancement.
What researchers found were programs that served different populations but with shared challenges, among them, how to define the term “equity” in the first place and how to increase equity in both access and outcomes in the second place…..
Read the full article about career and technical education programs by Dian Schaffhauser at MDRC.
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