It’s hard to argue with the success of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, which teach transferable workplace skills and academic content in a hands-on context. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently characterized CTE programs as providing “instruction that is hands-on and engaging, as well as rigorous and relevant.” He went on to say that CTE programs “are helping to connect students with the high-demand science, technology, engineering and math fields — where so many good jobs are waiting.” Furthermore, in recognizing CTE month on the House floor, Rep. James Langevin recently stated, “CTE is an investment in the future of our economy, our workforce and our country.”
Less than three miles from Governor Rick Snyder’s Ann Arbor office, he can see Michigan’s pursuit of technological mastery. A 23-acre mock city will soon put driverless cars through the paces of urban hazards, complete with darting robot pedestrians and real snow.
JPMorgan Chase, as part of its five-year $100-million investment in Detroit, is releasing a report today detailing a skills gap in metropolitan Detroit and suggesting ways to bolster workforce development in the region.