Contact: Dom Slowey
Alliance for Vocational Technical Education (AVTE) to Call for Increased Investment by State in Career and Technical Education
Lt. Governor Polito, Treasurer Goldberg, Secretary of Education Peyser to speak
WHAT: A broad, statewide coalition of business, education, and community groups will urge the Governor and Legislature to redouble their efforts to expand access and boost funding for career and technical education in Massachusetts.
The Alliance for Vocational Technical Education (AVTE) will release “High Quality Career Technical Education in Massachusetts: A Critical Investment in our State’s Future“, a report which analyzes the value of vocational technical education, highlights the need to cut waiting lists, and sets out a series of policy and budget recommendations.
Career and technical education is a big, but not well-known, success in Massachusetts. However, there’s work to be done when well over 3,200 students are on waiting lists, when concerns are raised about diversifying student enrollment, and when employers have many vacancies for which they need these vocational school graduates.
The Alliance for Vocational Technical Education (AVTE) is a coalition of key educators (MA Association of Vocational Administrators, MA Association of School Superintendents), business groups (MA Competitive Partnership, MA Business Alliance for Education, MA Business Roundtable, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce), and community organizations (SkillWorks, MCAN, Workforce Solutions Group, EdVestors). It was formed in 2015 to develop solutions to the problem of many thousands on waiting lists to attend these schools, especially in Gateway Cities across the state.
For detailed information on AVTE and the Report, visit http://allianceforvoceducation.org/
WHO: Featured speakers include: Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Secretary of Education James Peyser
Other speakers are: Alliance for Vocational Technical Education co-chairs Tim Murray, President and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, Julie Hackett, Superintendent of Taunton Public Schools and Chair of Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, James Quaglia, Chair of the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators, students, business leaders and educators.
WHEN: Friday, March 2nd 10:30-12:30pm. Speaking program 10:30-11:30am.
WHERE: State House Great Hall of Flags Massachusetts State House, 2nd Floor
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133
For more information: Tim Murray, (508) 832-8699 Julie Hackett (508) 837-7989, Kevin Farr (508) 274-3087, Lew Finfer (617) 470-2912