Why was Alaska Tech Prep created?
Tech Prep is a federal education initiative described and funded by the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, linking career and technical education (CTE) programs offered at the high school level to degree and certificate programs at the post-secondary level. Authorized in 1990 and reauthorized in 1998 and 2006, the goals of Tech Prep legislation, utilizing secondary and postsecondary programs of study, are to:
- Develop challenging academic and technical standards and to assist students in meeting such standards, including preparation for high-skill, high-wage or high-demand occupations.
- Promote the development of service and activities that integrate rigorous and challenging academic and CTE instruction, and that link secondary education and post secondary education.
- Support partnerships among secondary schools, post secondary institutions, career and technical education schools, workforce investment boards, business and industry, and intermediaries.Provide individuals with opportunities throughout their lifetimes to develop, in conjuncture with other education and training programs, the knowledge and skills needed to keep the United States competitive.
This legislation is in response to advances in technology that have changed the workplace in a dramatic way. Students graduating from high school need highly technical skills to be competitive in the job market.
Alaska Tech Prep takes an integrated statewide approach to addressing these issues. Students are provided multiple options to entering a comprehensive education and career readiness system based on a program of study and ongoing opportunities to attain workforce training and lifelong workforce readiness. Students can start early on a career pathway, earn credit, advanced standing in an apprenticeship program, earn industry credentials, certificates or a degree, and continue through a matrix of K-lifelong education and workforce readiness without duplication.
Alaska Tech Prep creates the foundation for a comprehensive workforce system: linking K-lifelong education and workforce and career readiness.