Director Wise announces Career and Technical Education Advisory Council
DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced a new advisory council to provide input on the development of Iowa’s state plan required under the federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.
Commonly referred to as Perkins V, the federal law reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, which provides almost $1.2 billion in federal support for career and technical education (CTE) programs in all 50 states and U.S. territories, including support for integrated career pathway programs for students.
Iowa receives nearly $12 million annually in federal funds, equally divided between secondary and postsecondary CTE programs delivered through public school districts and community colleges. CTE programs increase student engagement through the integration of technical and academic skills in hands-on, real-world learning experiences.
The Career and Technical Education Advisory Council is made of up of members from secondary and postsecondary education, students, business and industry representing each of the six CTE service areas: agriculture, food and natural resources; applied sciences, technology, engineering, and manufacturing; business, finance, marketing and management; health science; human services; and information solutions. The membership list is available on the Career and Technical Education Advisory Council webpage.
“We want to engage a wide variety of stakeholders in developing Iowa's plan,” Wise said. “This input will ensure the plan positions CTE as a driving force for education, workforce and economic development.”
This federal law aligns with a 2016 state law that is shaping the future of CTE in Iowa. The council’s charge will be to assess statewide progress, identify strategies for leveraging Perkins V to address barriers and opportunities and provide input and feedback throughout the development of a statewide plan. In addition, the plan will address new initiatives around:
- expanding high-quality programs at the middle school level;
- preparing for CTE educator recruitment, training and preparation;
- incorporating additional data and accountability measures; and
- addressing the needs of special populations, including the integration of CTE with adult educational services provided at Iowa’s correctional facilities and re-engagement strategies for students who dropped out of high school.
These efforts support Iowa’s Future Ready Iowa initiative, which focuses on ensuring Iowa’s workforce is equipped with the skills and education that employers need.
The Career and Technical Education Advisory Council will meet throughout the fall, with the first meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23. Meetings are open to the public and a draft of Iowa’s state plan will be available for public comment by the end of the year.
For more information, refer to the Career and Technical Education Advisory Council webpage.