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New Hampshire’s Career and Technical Education Plan for Students Among First Approved by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Department of Education has approved New Hampshire’s career and technical education (CTE) state plan. New Hampshire is one of the first six states to have its CTE plan approved under the new, bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), which was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on July 31, 2018.

“Thanks to the President’s leadership, the new career and technical education law gives local leaders the flexibility to make investments in the highest impact areas of local need,” said Secretary DeVos. “We know many well-paying, in-demand jobs require CTE training but not necessarily a college degree and the associated debt. The coronavirus pandemic has certainly highlighted the need for all education to be tailored to meet each student’s unique needs, more nimble, and relevant to 21st-century realities. High-quality CTE programs are a critical way to help learners of all ages and get our economy back up and running at full speed. I am pleased to approve New Hampshire’s plan, and want to thank Commissioner Edelblut for his tremendous leadership and for continuing to put students and their needs above all else.”

New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut added, “New Hampshire's CTE plan is helping students train for in-demand jobs, including on the front lines battling this pandemic. Our CTE students are ready to serve and equipped to succeed.”

Perkins V encourages states to expand opportunities for every student to access educational opportunities that will put them on the path to success. Each state crafted a plan to fulfill its promise of offering a robust CTE option for students following consultation with its key constituents representing education and workforce, business and industry, and parents and community partners.

Noteworthy elements from New Hampshire’s plan include:

  • Promotes CTE teacher recruitment by developing an alternative credentialing program for new teachers.
  • Collaborates with its community college system to offer a three-year CTE teacher preparation program through its educational intern’s certification program — at no cost to the educator.
  • Uses employment information to determine the continued alignment of CTE programs to in-demand occupations and employment sectors.

More information on New Hampshire’s plan, as well as approved plans from other states, can be found here.