The Labor Market Imperative for CTE: Changes and Challenges for the 21st Century

The Labor Market Imperative for CTE: Changes and Challenges for the 21st Century

Sam Stringfield & James R. Stone, III
Apr 2017
Peabody Journal of Education

The labor market in the United States is evolving in unexpected ways following the 2007 recession. Career and technical education (CTE) has historically linked young people to the workplace. In this article we examine the U.S. labor market and provide multiple perspectives on its growth and direction and implications for future directions for CTE. We examine the often conflicting data-based arguments and suggest that in a future increasingly dominated by robotics and artificial intelligence, new entrants to the workforce will require very strong social, employability, and work-readiness skills that reflect the behavioral, attitudinal, and character traits highly valued in the workplace and in society. These noncognitive, nontechnical skills can be developed in the CTE classroom, but require both new technical content in these classrooms and changes in how CTE teachers deliver their curriculum.

Stringfield, S., & Stone, J. R. III. (2017). The Labor Market Imperative for CTE: Changes and Challenges for the 21st Century. Peabody Journal of Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0161956X.2017.1302209