Jim's Corner

Jim Stone, Director of the NRCCTE at SREB, regularly posts his reflections on the latest news from the field here in his Jim’s Corner blog. Jim’s wide-ranging commentaries on CTE-related issues have addressed such topics as national and international CTE practices, workforce development, the labor market and changing global economy, the role and impact of technology, and the perils and pitfalls of the “college for all” approach to education.

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A columnist in the Washington Post recently made an interesting case for the liberal arts in which he highlighted something rarely mentioned in our collective thinking about the importance of STEM: Data.

Forbes magazine recently published an insightful article by Nicholas Wyman on expanding high-quality CTE. The article touches on themes familiar to us all: ability tracking, college and career readiness, and why college-for-all isn't for everyone.

By now you no doubt have heard or read about "inshoring," the movement of manufacturing jobs back to the United States. Growth in this area has been slow but steady, with the Labor Department estimating that 320,000 new positions opened up in March.

For those with an interest in workforce development, CTE, or "college and career readiness," it's important to understand the underlying dynamics of the labor market.

More policymakers are recognizing the value of middle-skill occupations as viable pathways for many youth and adults.