21st Century Readiness: Career and Technical Education

College and Career Readiness have become critical to preparing students for 21st Century Skills. Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs integrate K-12 academic standards with contextual workforce training. CTE programs are the introduction to college- and career-readiness programs. These programs provide both technical training and hands-on learning experiences for students to exercise and build sustainable skills that all employers value. CTE programs are applicable to all students and should not be referred to as supplementary. CTE can take a central focus in assisting students in establishing their academic paths. Click here and read about 4 reasons why schools should prioritize career & technical education.

Link: https://byf.org/4-reasons-schools-should-prioritize-career-technical-education/

Industry-Based Certification Resources

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) engaged with members of the workforce to assist in identifying industry-based certifications (IBCs) that are recognized and valued by industry sectors. Over 1,000 unique certifications were recommended by stakeholders to be included in the industry-based certification review process. The recommendations were vetted according to the established criteria. The IBC_Evaluation_Criteria_Final_2019 defines the criteria used for the 2019-2022 Industry-Based Certification List for Public School Accountability.

Link: https://tea.texas.gov/academics/college-career-and-military-prep/career-and-technical-education#:~:text=Career%20and%20technical%20education%20programs,in%20current%20or%20emerging%20professions.

Harris County Department of Education Adult Education “Contact to Careers”

Education is critical for breaking the poverty cycle and its importance is reflected within the American economic structure. One in five adults in Houston are considered functionally illiterate, 14 out of 20 are unable to manage daily activities and employment tasks that require reading skills beyond a basic level in any language. HCDE Adult Education provides access to free or low- cost adult literacy and workforce programs which enables participants to learn skills that influence their health and well-being. Without access to affordable adult education programming, many individuals and families are subject to becoming a statistic.  

Read more about a new project exploring adult basic skills in STEM-Related postsecondary CTE.

Link: R305A200261 Introduction of the basic skills in community college STEM programs project (Updated)

CTE Pay and Certification Requirements

As of the 2020–2021 school year, TEA issues nine career and technical education certificates, but the prerequisites for each have varying degrees, work experience, and licensure/certification requirements. Please click on the link below to find out more about the programs and prerequisites. 


E&E Team Member Spotlight

Denise Johnson is a graduate of Grambling State University and a member of Delta Sigma Theta. She was blessed to meet and marry Dexter Johnson, and together they have Avery Johnson, Denise’s most significant accomplishment. Early in her career, she worked at International Business Machines (IBM) as a software engineer and project manager. She has over 27 years of experience in technology, project management, training, and education. Ms. Johnson has a successful track record of leadership, networking, and creative problem-solving. Ms. Johnson currently serves as the Adult Education Integrated Education and Training (IET) Program Manager, where she builds and improves relationships with internal and external partners—currently serving 13 years with Harris County Department of Education (HCDE), where she started as a part-time instructor and went on to also serve as distance learning, workforce, and field program assistant. As professional development coordinator, Ms. Johnson was able to help adult learners develop both professionally and personally passionately. Ms. Johnson coming from a humble background, has a passion for helping people (youth and adults) transition from jobs to careers.

Stretch Your Dollar with Educator Discounts

Each month the Link will highlight a business where educators can stretch their dollars.  

In honor of our everyday heroes.

Thank you for supporting our families and communities. Now it’s our turn to protect you.

To show our appreciation, Ring is proud to offer an exclusive 20% discount on select Ring.com purchases to military, veterans, first responders, students, and teachers.

First responders, students, teachers, and those in the military dedicate their lives to helping, saving and educating others. Ring wants to thank them for everything they do by helping them create a Ring of security around their own homes. All of Ring’s security products feature built-in motion sensors that detect movement as someone approaches, triggering instant mobile alerts, HD video recording and 2-way audio, meaning users can protect and monitor their home from anywhere.

Start shopping from this list of eligible products.


Educator Grant Resources

Educators of America are driven to not only supply teachers and educators with the classroom technology they need but also train them to use it in the most effective ways possible. If you are a teacher that is in need of an effective technological tool that will assist in bettering student achievement, not only in your classroom but throughout your entire institution, take the time to fill out our grant application. Our classroom technology grant applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis and responses are given accordingly (January, April, July, October).

Fill out our Grant Application Form below to apply for the Microgrant Program. Please be specific as possible when filling out the application, including what technological resources, how they will be used, and what long term strategy will be employed to ultimately increase student achievement and technology integration.

If you have an attachment that supports the application which can include, but is not limited to, budget plan, implementation schedule, curriculum or M&E processes. We understand that the future is in our children’s hands, but let’s give them the resources to make it the best future possible.

Grants range from $250 to $5,000

Fall deadline: September 15th