Pittsburgh, PA, June 5, 2019 —
Today, Allies for Children released the report, Career and Technical Education: A Snapshot of Career and Technical Education in Allegheny County. This report showcases career and technical education (CTE) in Allegheny County, while discussing the challenges and solutions on how CTE is delivered to more than 3600 students. In Allegheny County, approved CTE is delivered at four regional career and technical centers (CTCs) and two comprehensive high schools at McKeesport Area and Pittsburgh Public Schools.
The report focuses on the structure of approved CTE programs including the reliance on local
funding, the role of school districts in governance of the programming, and the role of business
and industry to ensure that CTE is meeting the growing demands of skilled workers.
Allies for Children offers these takeaways for policymakers and school districts to
• The General Assembly needs to invest in the career and technical education
state subsidy and reexamine the funding formula to ensure as much state
money as possible is going directly to the approved CTE programs and
therefore, ease the burden of funding from local school districts.
• Districts and CTCs should work together to bolster CTE offerings in state
mandate career guidance plans. By exposing students early to careers and
training available, this will enhance CTE as a viable opportunity for all
“Career and Technical Education is important for our students and the economic future of our region. We need to make sure that our students have access to the best equipment and most up-to-date curriculum aligned with the needs of business and industry. We also need to make sure students are getting early exposure to the opportunities offered by our centers,” -Patrick Dowd, Executive Director of Allies for Children.
The reports are available on Allies for Children’s website.