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Our Newest CTE Resource Is Ready for You!

• Patricia Levesque

Our nation’s economy is experiencing a significant gap between skills needed by employers and those possessed by workers. While businesses struggle to hire qualified applicants, too many workers realize their skills are insufficient for new opportunities or, worse, no longer relevant. This “skills gap” and its impact on the economy will only intensify, especially as automation expands and jobs increasingly require new and specialized skills.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. 

ExcelinEd has developed a new playbook series to help stakeholders better align career and technical education (CTE) programs with industry demands in their region and state. The series will give state education leaders and local employers a practical guide for improving the “education to career” pipelines in their states.

I’m pleased to share with you the second playbook in our series, Building Cross-Sector Partnerships to Support Career and Technical Education Pathways: A Playbook for State Policymakers.

Successful CTE programs depend on cross-sector partnerships among business and industry organizations, K-12 education and postsecondary institutions. Yet these partnerships are not always present or assured, and they can be challenging to cultivate and maintain. This playbook examines key elements of robust cross-sector partnerships, includes insights from experienced leaders and explores ways policymakers can support these partnerships to strengthen CTE program outcomes for students.

As you read the playbook, I hope you will be inspired to act on behalf of students and their career success. I also encourage you to contact us for assistance in developing or improving CTE programs in your state.

About the author

Patricia Levesque @levesquepat

Patricia is the Chief Executive Officer for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She served as Governor Jeb Bush’s deputy chief of staff for education, enterprise solutions for government, minority procurement, and business and professional regulation. Previously, Patricia served six years in the Florida Legislature in the Speakers Office and as staff director over education policy. Contact Patricia at