Strengthening the Pipeline for CTE Teachers

CTE programs help to underpin America’s workforce and seek to engage young people and adult learners at an economy of scale needed to address employer needs. The education industry is at a critical point, struggling to find its future workforce. It is important that CTE be part of a comprehensive strategy at the state and local levels to address this challenge.

The U.S. Department of Education issued a joint letter with the U.S. Department of Labor to state and local education and workforce leaders encouraging them to take a series of actions to address teacher and school staff shortages, increase teacher pay, and further invest in the teaching profession.


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Dear Colleague Letter - Perkins Educator Preparation (588 KB, PDF)


Jenny Lambert
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