WASHINGTON, DC, -  As talk about being “college and career ready” continues to dominate many education debates, SkillsUSA, The Manufacturing Institute, and the Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) announced today that they are forming a new research consortium to ensure a strong national discussion among parents, educators and counselors, and students on career and technical education (CTE) and the career pathways that result from CTE. 

The consortium will work collaboratively to explore students’ aspirations toward a range of careers that are made possible by CTE and some of the influences on those aspirations.  Feedback from students through surveys will also be compared and contrasted with trends and opportunities in CTE careers.  SkillsUSA, The Manufacturing Institute, and ERCA have agreed to a multi-year engagement that will help use the data to better prepare students for their careers ahead.

“Today’s manufacturing needs a skilled workforce and by working with all partners, this industry can continue to flourish,” said Manufacturing Institute President Jennifer McNelly. “We are excited to partner with SkillsUSA and the Educational Research Center of America to better understand perceptions of CTE pathways so we are better able to promote the fantastic careers that exist in manufacturing.”

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