STEM 101

Mary Shumway, State Director of Career and Technical Education

If you live in the U. S., the buzz surrounding “STEM” is unavoidable. But the lack of a clear definition of STEM – or even its component parts (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) – may have us buzzing without fully recognizing basic differences in our understanding. . . . → Read More

Three ways CTE Helps Graduation Rates

Mary Shumway, State Director of Career and Technical Education

To be ready for life after high school, students first need to graduate. To follow are three often-cited reasons that students drop out (Johnston, J. H. (2010) Dropout Prevention: A Research Brief. Fairfield, CT: Education Partnerships, Inc.,) followed by some examples of ways that Career and Technical Education (CTE) can help prevent students from dropping out. . . . → Read More

The Time to Support and Improve CTE is Now

Mary Shumway, State Director of Career and Technical Education

We are hearing a lot of discussion these days about what is wrong with education and that education needs to be “reformed.” As educational reform takes place, and as education changes to meet the needs of the global economy, Career and Technical Education is a big part of the solution. In a speech recently given by the Secretary of Education, he said: . . . → Read More

What Will the Year 2013 Bring?

Gary Wixom, Assistant Commissioner of CTE, Utah System of Higher Education

If you search the Internet you find predictions for the New Year in almost any area you are interested in exploring. Predictions for what will happen to the economy, predictions for what will happen in politics, predictions for what will happen in education, predictions for the latest in technology, and you can even read about predictions on what the predictions will be! . . . → Read More

SEOP: Plan for College and Career Ready

Steven Shumway and his parents meet with Mr. Moreno to create his college and career plan, called an SEOP

Steven Shumway has had his SEOP meeting with his parents. How About YOU? The parent-student meeting with a school counselor is a key activity that is part of the individual planning component of the Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program (CCGP). . . . → Read More