Emily Stover DeRocco

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training


She gave a huge amount of statistics related to China and India and how that impacts us as educators in the United States. It looks pretty bleak. She then gave a history about how globalization began to be understood and how they launched WIRED. In central NJ, there is a BioTech high school where they collaborate with local industries and educators. Students are able to take courses that transfer to college.

In another area of Utah high school students share the lab in a college.

In northwest FL students receive university credentials in aerospace and IT.

There is not a one-size fits all approach. But we need to examine and rethink how we have approached CTE. Address the different educational needs of youth and coordinate with industry and is responsive of the industry. Also address the youth who are NOT in school, who don't have a diploma and are not working!

There should not be any deadends in our education system.

Other youth who have dropped out need credit recovery. We all need to make sure students are engaged in the STEM (science, etc.) fields - these are the 21st century. Solve problems - think critically, communicate and collaborate with others in the workplace. These are the transferrable skills that allow people to move and transfer throughout the workplace as there are cycles. Employees MUST ADAPT in the future workplace society!

We need to confront some of the baggage from career tech carries in the past "voc-ed" as the program for students who coudn't keep up in regular academics. It is a prejudice. "Those people" "I reject both of those stereotypes in the stronges of terms."

While the success rests on the new models, the real quality of the models rests on the quality of the teachers. There must be a minimum set of requirements for our career and technology teachers. If not, students suffer. 7 Cities recently received funding for developing blueprints for a system of academically pathways for post-secondary education to the workforce.

The Shared Youth Vision is a significant focus on 4 million who are not in school don't have a diploma and aren't in the workforce. She is incredibly optimistic about our economy and education. She believes that innovation must be embraced.