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L EADING E DGE The Value of Apprenticeships I HAVE tHE pLEASURE AND pRIVILEGE of represent-Techniques M A N AG IN G E D IT O R N. Susan Emeagwali / ing the Association for Career and Technical Educa-tion (ACTE) and its members on the Federal Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship. This committee consists of individuals from business, labor and the public sector and is charged with providing expertise, guidance, advice and recommendations to the U.S. Department of Labor on is-sues facing the Registered Apprenticeship (RA) Program. RA offers an excellent opportunity for career and technical education (CTE) to continue to demonstrate its value to economic growth through the training of a relevant and skilled workforce. The topic of on-the-job learning has increasingly been raised during discussions Janet B. Bray about the position of the United States versus its global counterparts. Other countries incorporate on-the-job learning (apprenticeships, co-op programs, internships) into their education and workforce systems. CTE and ACTE sit directly in the middle of the discussion as CTE connects education and the workplace and provides the relevant and practical training needed to fill the needs of the workplace. RA is a system of public-private partnerships that provides structured, on-the-job learning to millions of individuals, qualifying them for lifelong careers. Historically, the RA program has focused on industries such as construction and manufacturing. Today, the RA program is branching out into health care, information technology, energy, tele-communications and more. RA helps to put the unemployed, youth and disadvantaged populations back to work. The issues being discussed by the Advisory Committee will sound very familiar to the CTE community: • How to expand the program into new industries and professions. • How to articulate RA between secondary, postsecondary and the workforce system. • What should the pre-apprenticeship program look like and how to connect it to the education system. • How to engage new business and industry partners. • What is the appropriate role of the federal government? • How to enhance the awareness of RA with potential students, sponsors and educators. ACTE has a lot to offer as the dialogue around these issues continues. We intend to share the experience and expertise of the CTE community and help inform and shape the recommendations that are offered by the Advisory Committee. But we need your help. Is your institution engaged in the RA program? If so, how and what have been the results? Please send me ( any information you can share regarding your in-volvement with RA. Once again, CTE is at the heart of the dialogue on economic growth and the need for a skilled workforce. Regardless of the direction or focus of the dialogue, it always comes back to CTE. A C T E S TA F F C ONT R I B U T O RS Jamie Baxter / Alisha Hyslop / Catherine Imperatore / DE S I G NE R Kelly Jenkins / A DV E R T I S I N G AC C O U N T S A L E S R E P Tom Minich / Mel Katz / A D V E R T I SIN G C O O R D IN AT O R Jim Waterhouse, Techniques Magazine 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 Phone: 800-826-9972 ext. 332 Fax: 703-683-7424 E-Mail: D E PU T Y E X E CU T IV E D I R E C T O R Peter Magnuson / P U B L IS H ER Association for Career and Technical Education Janet B. Bray, Executive Director H O W T O C O N TA C T A C T E Call 800-826-9972 M E M B ER S H I P S ER V I C E S Techniques magazine is just one of the benefits of joining ACTE. Call 800-826-9972 or visit www.acteonline. org/join.aspx to learn more. 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