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Celebrate CTE Month - 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of The Smith-Hughes Act

The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act, the first act of Congress to provide funding for career and technical education. Career and Technical organizations across the nation, plan to celebrate the landmark occasion throughout February, during National Career and Technical Education Month, “Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow.” The most important role of our education system is...

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ApprenticeshipUSA: Accelerating Future Leaders in Manufacturing

A registered apprenticeship is a proven work-and-learn model for preparing future leaders in manufacturing. Last week, NIMS hosted a series of apprenticeship accelerator workshops at NIMS headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. Over the course of a day employers, community colleges, and industry associations from across the nation learned how to develop, implement, and register an apprenticeship prog...

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CTE, APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS CAN HELP RESTORE MIDDLE CLASS ECONOMY

America for more than four decades has seen middle-class households shrinking from 61% in 1971 to 50% in 2015 as reported by the Pew Research Center. One of the main drivers for the decline in the middle class and the loss of 5 million good paying manufacturing jobs over the past 15 years can be traced to offshoring and the growing trade deficits in manufactured products.

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WORKERS WITH SMART SKILLS WILL BRING BACK U.S. MANUFACTURING JOBS

At the end of World War II, the United States had become the world’s leading manufacturing powerhouse, accountable for 50 percent of the world’s industrial production. Now, the U.S. produces only a fifth of the global manufacturing output.

The manufacturing sector can spark an economic recovery by restoring the confidence of the American people in their economic future and the country. Ame...

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