Education Requirements for the Jobs of Tomorrow

Mary Shumway, State Director of Career and Technical Education




The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released occupational projections for 2012-2022. (You can see the Overview of Projections to 2022 in the Monthly Labor Review, December 2013.) These projections data are invaluable to many audiences, including business, industry, education, all levels of government, and the workforce. . . . → Read More

Mind the Skills Gap

Mary Shumway, State Director of Career and Technical Education




You may have heard the phrase, “mind the gap,” a warning to passengers on the London Underground to be cautious as they cross from the station platform into the train. Equally deserving of careful attention is the skills gap. . . . → Read More

A Back-to-School Message for CTE Educators

Mary Shumway, State Director of Career and Technical Education




It’s hard to believe but it’s that time of the year again – the beginning of a new school year. As Career and Technical Education (CTE) educators, you no doubt spent part of your summer updating your knowledge and skills to ensure that your classroom experiences are better than ever. Welcome back! . . . → Read More

The “Career” in College and Career Ready

Mary Shumway, State Director of Career and Technical Education




Too often recent efforts around “College and Career Ready” focus almost exclusively on college entrance and completion. “Career readiness” is often a very confusing part of College and Career Ready with a host of varied definitions, frameworks, policies and implementation strategies. Some definitions focus on learning skills for a specific entry-level job, and other definitions provide a broader context of workplace skills. . . . → Read More