The CTE TAC supports regions in the identification, development, and implementation of services that will enhance their ability to serve the school-to-work pipeline.
In 2022, Alla Breve Educational Consulting (Alla Breve) began to assist the CTE Technical Assistance Center (CTE TAC) in building and leveraging regional collaborative efforts among secondary, and postsecondary CTE programs, and business and industry through the development of protocols, processes, and tools.
The first of these tools was a Decision Matrix designed to determine each region’s readiness level for regional collaboration across multiple indicators. Through consultation with the New York State Education Department, and by reviewing statewide data for CTE, Perkins, and industry information that informed a Decision Matrix for regional collaboration, it was determined that the Decision Matrix could evolve into a rubric for regional self-assessment in CTE collaboration.
Alla Breve created the initial rubric-based assessment tool, relying on research on best practices on workforce/CTE collaboration around the country. The rubric was refined by reviewing New York State (NYS) Department of Labor Workforce Development plans from regions across NYS. The rubric focuses on five practice areas: (1) Stakeholder Engagement, (2) Shared Prioritization of Resources, (3) Work-Based Learning Implementation, (4) Promotion of Educational Supports for Career Readiness, and (5) Engaging Options and Incentives Offered.
As a proof of concept, a pilot region was selected for an application of the preliminary rubric. The pilot region was chosen based on its ranking on the Decision Matrix and screening interviews with several contacts in the region. Alla Breve met with contacts in the pilot region who are responsible for workforce initiatives and economic development, including those in secondary and postsecondary education and across nonprofit, government, and industry. After initial meetings to discuss the project scope, Alla Breve distributed a survey to the regional contacts that collected feedback on the rubric parameters and conducted focus groups in the pilot region to gauge strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats related to regional collaboration.
Through these efforts, All Breve was able to create a case study for the pilot region and a rubric for regional self-assessment in CTE related collaboration and inform the CTE TAC regarding replicable processes that will benefit future regions and support statewide CTE and workforce development collaborative efforts.
- The goal is to develop processes that could be replicated in regions across NYS to foster increased collaboration, including but not limited to alignment of CTE programs to regional labor market needs and expansion of regional articulation agreements and dual enrollment opportunities
- Alla Breve Consulting was contracted to assist the CTE TAC in building and leveraging regional collaborative efforts among secondary, postsecondary CTE programs and business and industry through the development of protocols, processes, and tools.
- Regional Analysis (April – June 2022)
- Self-Study Rubric Development (July – September 2022)
- Regional Self-Study Pilot (through March 2023)
- Website Soft Launch (July 2023)
- Additional Region Self-Studies/Follow-Up with Pilot Region (April 2023 – March 2024)
- On-going Self-Studies and Support (April 2024 and beyond)
Benefits for Regions
- Collection of evidence regarding regional practice
- Facilitated review of regional SWOT/best practices
- Clearinghouse of public resources to support best practices
- Support from CTE TAC
Regions can utilize the self-assessment rubric to determine their strengths and areas of growth using the following five sections
Regional leaders have all of the following in place:
- Employer-led regional efforts
- Identification of regional workforce skills gaps and priorities
- Formal collaboration across sectors
- Regularly scheduled cross-sectional meetings
- Formalized/centralized system to collect data on workforce needs
- Regional public-facing clearinghouse of resources
- Shared funding (acquisition and distribution)
Implement Work-Based Learning:
- Apprenticeships (available, participation)
- Graduation requirement/credit-bearing/factor into GPA or honors
- Curriculum alignment: Career awareness → Career exploration → Career preparation → Career training
Promote Educational Support for Career
- Teacher externship (available, participation)
- Work-based professional learning, opportunities in region (not just CTE teachers)
- Educator access to workforce data
Offer Engaging Options and Incentives:
- Virtual solutions – simulations, VR/AR, online mentoring
- Dual enrollment – CTE related