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FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, THE GLOBALIZATION globalization

Process by which the experience of everyday life, marked by the diffusion of commodities and ideas, is becoming standardized around the world. Factors that have contributed to globalization include increasingly sophisticated communications and transportation
 OF the American American, river, 30 mi (48 km) long, rising in N central Calif. in the Sierra Nevada and flowing SW into the Sacramento River at Sacramento. The discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill (see Sutter, John Augustus) along the river in 1848 led to the California gold rush of  economy is a challenge and an opportunity. Rapid-fire rap·id-fire
adj.
1. Designed to fire shots in rapid succession: a rapid-fire machine gun.

2. Marked by continuous rapid occurrence: rapid-fire questions. 
 changes in employers' requirements mean that we must work to understand those changes, communicate those changes to parents and students, and update our curriculum to reflect those changes.

As career and technical educators, we have no choice but to take on these challenges. Doing so creates the best opportunities for our students and enables us to successfully market career and technical education to parents and potential students. How do we proceed in our marketing efforts?

First, we must understand the current labor market labor market A place where labor is exchanged for wages; an LM is defined by geography, education and technical expertise, occupation, licensure or certification requirements, and job experience ; both on a local and national level. That means gathering data from chambers of commerce, state departments of labor, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Then, we need to find out what employers are seeking in new employees. What kind of skills do they require for their businesses to be successful? Their answers will guide us in designing our programs. And we must go further and recruit our business partners to join us in talking to Noun 1. talking to - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
lecture, speech

rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to
 parents and students about career paths.

Finally, we know how crucial it is for our students to become lifelong learners, continually con·tin·u·al  
adj.
1. Recurring regularly or frequently: the continual need to pay the mortgage.

2.
 improving their skills. That requires us, as educators, to work hand-in-hand with institutions of higher education higher education

Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art.
 so that our high school students receive more dual credits for their courses.

As the National Governors' Association says, "The jobs of the 21st century require more sophisticated skills and knowledge. Businesses are looking for Looking for

In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with.
 employees who can write and communicate clearly, analyze information, conduct research, and solve complex problems."

In this rapidly expanding economy of knowledge workers, no one's education stops at 12th grade. Everyone must continually upgrade their existing skills and acquire new ones.

Keeping ourselves up to date on the careers most in demand and knowing what the employers in our region are seeking enables us to design better programs. The resulting success of our graduates enables us to recruit more students.

Likewise, enabling our students to earn credits toward degrees or certificates from institutions of higher education makes career and technical education more attractive to parents, who overwhelmingly want their children to "go to college."

As you can tell, marketing career and technical education programs is a circular process--talk to businesses, build better programs, recruit more students, and repeat. Because we connect directly to the changing needs of the American economy, we have the capability of offering students a great product--an education for achieving a full, successful life. But we must engage businesses and parents, do our research, and market to the appropriate audiences. Doing so will create an energetic and more prepared workforce.

Robert Scarborough

ACTE ACTE Association for Career and Technical Education (formerly American Vocational Association)
ACTE Association of Corporate Travel Executives
ACTE Approvals Committee for Terminal Equipment
ACTE Anodal Closure Tetanus
 President
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Title Annotation:LEADING EDGE
Author:Scarborough, Robert
Publication:Techniques
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2007
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