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Recruiting Nontraditional Students for CTE Courses and Careers

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Ashley Nelson

on 2 March 2014

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How to Guide and Support Your Students to CTE Courses and Careers

Lucy Brakoniecki
Kelly Fitzgerald
Growing Careers
in Connecticut
Recruitment and Retention:

Barriers and Strategies
Resources for Adults
CT STEM Jobs: www.ctstemjobs.org
Department of Labor: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/
O*Net: http://www.onetonline.org/
CBIA Education Foundation: http://www.cbia.com/edf/
SWE: http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org
NCWIT: https://www.aspirations.org
Resources for Students
CT Job and Career ConneCTion: http://www1.ctdol.state.ct.us/jcc/
Many Mentors: http://www.manymentors.org/
Generating Girls' Opportunities: www.girlsopp.org
CT DOL: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/youth/main.htm
Engineer Girl: http://www.engineergirl.org/
Cool Math: http://www.coolmath.com/careers.htm
Girl Geeks: http://www.girlgeeks.org
* Data from CT Department of Labor
Lack of Exposure and Awareness
Few role models and
lack of mentoring opportunities
Fear of isolation and
exclusion from informal networks
Stereotype Threat
Contact information:

Lucy Brakoniecki at lbrakoniecki@cwealf.org

Kelly Fitzgerald at kfitzgerald@cwealf.org
Female students are underrepresented in
classes in:
Transportation: 10%
Manufacturing: 15% Construction:15%
Male students are
underrepresented in classes in:
Health Services: 25%,
Human Services: 24%
Education and Training Services: 24%
Many Mentors & others...

Claude Steele
men and nursing
Isolation occurs for many students and female professionals.
Negative consequences include:
depletion of self-confidence; and,
exclusion from access to informal networks.

Informal networks are indispensable to professional development, and career advancement. Individuals who are isolated lack social support and social capital; both linked to success.

Students fear being "the only one" in classrooms which holds them back from enrolling and may lead to them leaving.
Students only know what they see in their families, friends, communities, schools and through social media.

Students interested in nontraditional education and careers have limited access and exposure to professionals that they can relate to.

Students need additional opportunities to learn about career opportunities and professionals.
Panels of nontraditional professionals
Field trips
Classroom speakers
Make connections to afterschool programs and summer camps
Course assignments
Post-activity follow-up
Strategies to increase career awareness and exposure
Degree Attainment in Selected STEM majors in Connecticut colleges and universities, 2011
Let's recap!
A successful recruitment strategy much be intentional, persistent and creative!
Work with school counselors to connect students to programs.
Develop exciting promotional materials about/for your program.
Sponsor events that encourage hands-on participation for students and parents.
Use nontraditional ambassadors from your classes.
Create special projects in your area of study.
Collaborate across departments.
It's all about
relationships, rigor and relevance!
Create opportunities for leadership.
Link to role models – bring in a diverse set of role models with diverse careers.
Create links to instructors and students in prior, concurrent and subsequent courses.
Ensure safety and security in your classroom.
Contextualize the content; relate it to the real world.
Make links from class projects/skill sets to careers.

Focus on the process AND the outcome. Frame your activities or projects
in a manner that allows for creativity, trial and error and treats the
student as an expert.
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