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Florida’s CTE Plan Among Latest Approved by U.S. Department of Education

June 19, 2020

U.S. Department of Education

Florida’s CTE Plan Among Latest Approved by U.S. Department of Education

Washington — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Department of Education has approved Florida’s career and technical education (CTE) state plan. Florida joins Colorado, Kentucky, New York, South Carolina and Utah as the latest states to have their CTE plans approved under the new, bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), which was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on July 31, 2018.

“Thanks to the president’s leadership, the new career and technical education law gives local leaders the flexibility to make investments in the highest impact areas of local need,” said Secretary DeVos. “We know many well-paying, in-demand jobs require CTE training but not necessarily a college degree and the associated debt. The coronavirus pandemic has certainly highlighted the need for all education to be tailored to meet each student’s unique needs, more nimble, and relevant to 21st century realities. High-quality CTE programs are a critical way to help learners of all ages and get our economy back up and running at full speed.”

Perkins V encourages states and territories to expand opportunities for every student to access educational opportunities that will put them on the path to success. Each state crafted a plan to fulfill its promise of offering a robust CTE option for students following consultation with its key constituents representing education and workforce, business and industry, and parents and community partners.

To date, 31 Perkins CTE plans have been approved by the Secretary.

The following are some of the noteworthy elements from Florida’s approved plan. Additional details about each approved plan can be found on the Department’s website.

  • Expands apprenticeship training opportunities and promotes career readiness and workforce opportunities for students and working adults.
  • Funds professional development designed to increase evidence-based teaching practices.

Leads efforts to create CTE programs that are aligned to labor market demands in new and emerging fields.

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