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70 minutes
Date Published

June 17, 2020


Association For Learning Environments


Career and Technical Education (CTE)


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Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are the latest evolution of vocational schools that once served as a pipeline for blue-collar industries. Recently, however, the programs have increasingly embraced technology and academic skills to prepare students for emerging jobs in fields such as health care, engineering and information technology, as well as for higher education. These programs are also engaging public and industry partnerships in exciting and innovative ways, often in surprising and innovative settings. This presentation will explore the manifold innovations of CTE programs, ranging from those situated on more suburban and rural campuses, like Essex Technical High School, a combination of County Agricultural School and a regional vocational technical high school. The mission of this 1,440 student high school is to prepare students from 17 area communities for the demands of college and 21st-century careers. Set on a 13-building, 165-acre site, Essex Tech is the only one in the state to offer agricultural and vocational education in one facility.

At the other end of the environmental spectrum, one of only a handful of programs in the country that are situated in workplace programs, Brooklyn STEAM has taken partnering one step further, locating next to companies where students might actually work. Developed with industry leaders to teach real-life job skills that would lay the foundation for the next generation of workers in a city where the tech industry is flourishing with the expanding presence of Google, students at an unusual New York City public high school are embedded inside a technology and manufacturing hub with more than 400 companies at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. “Our ambition is that it will be a next-generation model for career and technical schools here in New York City,” said David Ehrenberg, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.

Learning Objectives
1. Understand how Vo-Tech has evolved into CTE and who these programs serve.
2. Cross examine attributes of PBL and STE(A)M with CTE.
3. Explore aspects of future-ready learning for both academic and career/tech spaces.
4. Learn about the range of programming being offered in these renewed settings.
5. Identify skills and competencies demanded of students and design solutions that can help foster these proficiencies.
6. Learn about layers of flexibility that can be built into designs, including overall planning/organization, multi-use of spaces, and adaptable rooms.
7. Understand the programmatic dynamism derived from new and unconventional locations.

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Christine Schlendorf, AIA
Principal - Perkins Eastman

For more than 20 years, Christine Schlendorf has created beautiful and innovative educational spaces that shape the way... Read More

Robert Bell, AIA, ALEP, LEED BD+C
Principal - Perkins Eastman Boston

Robert’s 30+ years of experience has been focused on school design ranging from early childhood through post-secondary,... Read More

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

Putting PBL & CTE to Work in Education - Video
Putting PBL & CTE to Work in Education - Paper
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