Danielle Mezera, Ph.D., is a Senior Policy Fellow for ExcelinEd focusing on innovation policies.
Successful CTE programs depend on cross-sector partnerships among business and industry organizations, K-12 education and post-secondary institutions. Yet these partnerships are not always present or assured, and they can be challenging to cultivate and maintain. So what elements make up a strong cross-sector partnership?
In writing this new playbook, we looked at existing cross-sector partnerships across the nation to identify high-quality, cross-sector work that can be replicated across various state, regional and local platforms. After speaking with these partners—convening agencies, state/regional/local employers, K-12 education leaders and post-secondary institutions—we identified seven consistent elements of strong cross-sector partnerships.
These seven elements are essential to create a high-quality state Career and Technical Education program that leverages the vertical alignment of robust education-to-occupation pathways to meet the immediate and long-term needs of the state.
For more information, check out Building Cross-Sector Partnerships to Support Career and Technical Education Pathways: A Playbook for State Policymakers. The playbook includes insights from experienced leaders, a Cross-Sector Partnership Toolbox with examples of tools and materials from convening organizations, and state policy recommendations to incentivize and promote robust partnerships.