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[ICC] Release: Indiana Career Council Continues Refining of CTE Agenda
Start Date: 9/17/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 9/17/2014
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(Indianapolis) The Indiana Career Council today heard an initial analysis and review of statewide data regarding career and technical education (CTE), as well as received progress reports from its study taskforces at its monthly meeting this afternoon in Indianapolis.  Lt. Governor Ellspermann, who chaired the meeting, commended Career Council members who have engaged in several meetings throughout the summer on taskforces and committees. She also expressed her appreciation to the many professionals and subject matter experts who serve on these various taskforces and committees.

“On behalf of Governor Pence, I want to thank everyone for all of their taskforce and subcommittee efforts this summer as we continue to drill down and ask critical questions,” said Lt. Governor Ellspermann.  “There are many moving parts to our efforts and your collective expertise is working towards creating more effective CTE options for our students’ future successes.”

Committee and taskforce updates included reports from the Career Pathways Taskforce, with its chair Lt. Gov. Ellspermann, reporting that it is currently considering frameworks for expanding work-and-learn opportunities throughout the State during its September 30 meeting. The Taskforce supports the implementation of integrated career pathways among Indiana’s education, job skills development, and career training system.

The System Alignment Taskforce advised it is considering the ideal integration and structure of the State’s workforce and education system, discussing possible models for integrating governance structures, and working to understand the impacts of the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to determine if it provides Indiana with any additional flexibility.

Co-chairs of the Core 40 Subcommittee, Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Commissioner Teresa Lubbers, Commission for Higher Education, announced the creation of three taskforces, including the Diploma Structure Taskforce, Diploma Content Taskforce and Math Pathways Taskforce.  Each taskforce held its inaugural meeting on September 8, 2014 and will begin focusing research, analysis, and evaluation on specific topical areas.  The subcommittee’s overall recommendations and report are ultimately due to the State Board of Education by October 2015.

Victor Smith, Chair of the Sector Strategies Taskforce, reported findings from the Taskforce’s initial review of the CTE return on investment study. Jackie Dowd, Special Assistant for Career Innovation to Governor Pence and Ken Mall of EDSI provided the initial analysis from the study and responded to questions regarding concentrators (students who have taken 6 or more hours in a specific sector pathway), industry-recognized credentials, and subsequent wages earned when employed full time. Initial data indicated that many students are taking only one CTE class, and concentrators show a higher graduation rate and a higher wage within three years of graduation. 

Following discussion on the study the Council also considered a resolution, which was unanimously adopted, that more succinctly affirms the Career Council’s goals and guides its upcoming work with a focus on these value statements:

  • Career and technical education programs should place students and student outcomes at the center of their focus.
  • Career and technical education programs and courses of study should align their delivery with post-secondary and both current and future workforce needs.
  • Career and technical education programs should recognize the value of work-based learning. 
  • Indiana should, to the extent possible, differentiate its emphasis on CTE programs based on regional and local workforce needs for high demand and high wage jobs.
  • The State and local CTE programs should create strong partnerships and engagement with businesses and community organizations.

Lt. Governor Ellspermann also welcomed the appointment of two new councilmembers, Dr. John Wernert, Secretary of the Family & Social Services Administration, and Indiana Senator Doug Eckerty.

“We look forward to your contributions in bringing a fresh set of eyes to our discussions,” said Lt. Governor Ellspermann.

The Career Council’s next meeting will be October 28th.


The Career Council was created by a unanimous vote during the 2013 General Assembly to focus on coordination of various participants in the education, jobs skills development and career training system, and to match education and skills training with the jobs market.  Over 40 meetings, and 500 man hours were invested in the creation of the Career Council’s Strategic Plan, “Align, Engage, Advance: A Strategic Plan to Transform Indiana’s Workforce.”  The plan focuses on three organizing pillars of transformation:  1) system alignment, 2) worker- and student-centric services, and 3) demand-driven programs and investments.

Contact Information:
Name: Lou Ann Baker
Phone: 317.719.5524
Indiana Career Council
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