On Thursday, February 9 The Greater Milwaukee Committee, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Milwaukee Succeeds and the Public Policy Forum co-hosted an event that examined the impact of career and technical education in Wisconsin’s K12 system. The Public Policy Forum also unveiled their latest report, entitled “Building Bridges” on the topic.
At the breakfast event, attendees heard from Rob Henken, president of the Public Policy Forum, and Joe Yeado, senior researcher at the Public Policy Forum, who presented key findings of their report and explore major issues facing career and technical education. These key findings included:
- Nearly 75% of CTE concentrators continue their education after high school, with 68% attending a 4-year college.
- Less than 17% of CTE concentrators in the region enter the workforce directly from high school and most take jobs unrelated to their CTE training.
- The number of CTE teacher assignments in Metro Milwaukee has grown in nearly 14% in recent years, yet a shortage of CTE-licensed teachers remains a constraint to expanding CTE courses.
I was so please to speak along with; Marcus White, vice president of civic engagement at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation; and Leah Fiasca, project director at the Greater Milwaukee Committee. After the presentation, Joe Yeado moderated a panel (pictured above). The panel discussed the complicating factors of career and tech and noted several local successes including the M-Cubed initiative, an initiative that currently syncs the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Milwaukee Public Schools.
Finally, I want everyone to get to know our Goal 4 Manager for Social and Emotional Learning Catina Harwell-Young a little better. I did a Q & A with Catina this week!
Catina brings over 20 years of non-profit management experience to her role as Goal 4 Manager. A Milwaukee native, she is a staunch advocate for quality education, youth empowerment and civic engagement to go forward.
Take it away Catina!
See you soon,