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Workforce & Career Education

We believe learning should have no limits, whether in school or in the workplace. Our vision is for every learner to have engaging opportunities for career exploration and development and to access and belong in education and training environments designed with their needs in mind. We also want to equip workplaces with effective practices to recognize, recruit, and retain diverse talent so these well-prepared learners can shape the workforce of the future.

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What is workforce development?

Workforce development is the ongoing preparation and maintenance of a skilled, talented, and motivated workforce through a coordinated investment in individual skill development and capacity building in schools, organizations, and communities (Jacobs, 2003). Across CAST, a strong and engaged team advances our workforce development efforts.

Featured Projects

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Developing a UDL Micro-Credential for CTE Educators: One District’s Approach

The materials and resources are all designed to help CTE educators understand how they can use UDL to help learners sustain their effort and persistence.

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Improving Michigan’s Postsecondary Career & Technical Education

We're improving career and technical education across the state of Michigan by developing a shared professional development vision and a common student-centered language focused on inclusion and the UDL framework.

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Additive Manufacturing Career Guidance for All

Together with America Makes, CAST is working with educators and industry partners to create a free digital resource to attract individuals to career pathways in the additive manufacturing industry.

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Equitable Access to CTE in Massachusetts

Find out how we're bringing UDL to Career & Technical Education educators across the state of Massachusetts.

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Outdoor Recreation: Connecting Rural Youth with STEM Careers

Learn more about our work with rural youth exploring connections with outdoor recreation and STEM careers.

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Take Flight: Using Drones to Get Rural Middle School Girls Interested in STEM Careers

We're changing the conversation around who belongs in STEM learning and STEM careers.

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Biofabrication Career Guidance for CTE & Community College Students

We're broadening the participation of underrepresented populations in biofabrication and biomanufacturing using our Biofab Explorer and Eportfolio tools.

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Choose Love & UDL: Bringing Social Emotional Learning into New Hampshire Prisons

We're helping to make the Choose Love™ curriculum more flexible and barrier-free for learners in the NH corrections system.

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Reimagining Online Training: Using UDL to Support Adult Basic Education Teachers

We're supporting educators in effectively teaching and supporting neurodiverse adult learners interested in pursuing postsecondary programs.

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ARMI: Career Exploration Pathways into Advanced Manufacturing for Diverse Learners

We're building a more inclusive talent pool for futuristic fields as robotics, biofabrication, and hybrid electronics.

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Multi-Gen STEM Makerspaces Will Boost School, Career Prospects

We're developing and researching a sustainable model for multigenerational making and learning that can support a STEM career trajectory.

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CEE-STEM: Exploring STEM Careers with Opportunity Youth

Our STEMfolio tool leverages mobile technologies and competency-based progress monitoring to help youth develop STEM interests and skills.

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Supporting CTE Teaching in Remote & Hybrid Learning Environments

We're partnering with CTE programs in NH to support hands-on teaching in remote and hybrid environments

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CTEfolio: Supporting Hands-on Learning in a Remote Environment

Bringing our e-portfolio work into CTE programs so students can show what they know in new ways.

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Learning Outside the Box: Co-Developing a CTE Pathway in Outdoor Recreation

Learn how CAST is helping build stronger career pathways for New Hampshire students in outdoor recreation.

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IMTfolio: Opening Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways to People with Disabilities

We're building a portable e-portfolio to help document young people's prior learning in competencies relevant to future apprenticeships.

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