February is Career Technical Education Month!

Today's cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant career and technical education (CTE) prepares youth and adults for high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers in established and emerging industries.   Read more
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  Registration is Open

Early bird pricing is in effect until March 23, so don't delay.   Register today to join NAWDP at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix from May 20-24.  
It's Time to Dispel the Myth of the Career-Ready High School Grad

By Anthony P. Carnevale, Andrew R. Hanson, and Megan L. Fasules, 
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

Unlike old-fashioned vocational education, high school-level career and technical education doesn't really prepare people for jobs directly after high school.    Read the full article
Investing in 
America's Workforce

By Noelle St. Clair, Community Development Advisor and Outreach Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

The Federal Reserve System conducted research analyzing insights from nearly 1,000 workforce development leaders throughout the country.  Here are several of the promising strategies they found for expanding and diversifying the pipeline of skilled workers and connecting them with employers.   Read the full article  

Middle- and Lower-Level Digital Skills: They're Not Glamorous but Matter a Lot

by Mark Muro, Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

Look closely at the numbers in this new Brookings Institution analysis,
Digitalization and the American Workforce.  You'll see the greatest change is occurring not at the top of the skills distribution, but at the bottom and the middle.    Read the full article

Community Colleges: Smarter Models for Economic Growth

by Natalie Branosky

The link between talent development and economic growth is clearer by the day. Local workforce and training systems, whose front door is the public employment service and community colleges, can now boast some exciting models for economic development.  Read the full article

Diane C. Duff, Executive Director