Career Pathways to Employment: Aligning Career and Technical Education to Labor Market Projections

Career Pathways to Employment: Aligning Career and Technical Education to Labor Market Projections
Career Pathways to Employment: Aligning Career and Technical Education to Labor Market Projections


A recent report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Help Wanted: Projecting Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018, states that there will be a growing disconnect between the types of jobs employers need to fill and the numbers of Americans who have the education and training to fill those jobs.

A new report, Career Clusters: Forecasting High School through College Jobs, 2008-2018, released November 14, states that the majority of good jobs of the future will require postsecondary education and training. Of those high school jobs that remain, only one third will pay a living wage and are in male-dominated fields. The report builds on Help Wanted and analyzes how labor market needs relate to the 16 career clusters and discusses the implications for career and technical education.
Anthony Carnevale, Director of the Center on Education and the Workforce, discussed the implications of these labor market projections for career pathways, particularly those that will experience the greatest growth and shortfalls. Katharine Oliver, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Career and College Readiness, Maryland State Department of Education discussed initiatives in Maryland to ensure a well-prepared supply of skilled workers to meet labor market demands in certain career pathways and Bryan Albrecht, President of Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, Wisconsin, discussed their strategies for meeting labor market demands. James Stone, Director of the National Research Center for Career & Technical Education, and one of the co-authors of Career Clusters, provided background on the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education and its work.

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Bryan Albrecht serves as President of Gateway Technical College’s multi- campus facilities serving nearly 26,000 students. Under Bryan’s leadership, Gateway, in Kenosha, WI, has become nationally recognized for leadership in business and education partnership stimulating economic growth, demonstrated commitment to environmental sustainability in all aspects of the community, and innovative practices to improve academic and technical success of students for career success. Mr. Albrecht serves on over 30 local boards impacting education and workforce preparation. Nationally, Bryan currently serves on the boards of the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute, Center for Occupational Research and Development, National Manufacturing Institute, National Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, National Career and Technical Education Foundation, Biopharmaceutical Technology Center Institute, National Coalition of Certification Centers, and the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers. An advocate for the value of career and technical education, he has spoken extensively throughout the nation and served as an advisor to legislators and Congress on effective strategies in building a competitive workforce through education and training.

Mr. Albrecht earned his Bachelor, Master, and Education Specialist degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and his Doctor of Education from the University of Minnesota.


Anthony Carnevale currently serves as Research Professor and Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Between 1996 and 2006, Dr. Carnevale served as Vice President for Public Leadership at the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Before joining ETS, Dr. Carnevale was Director of Human Resource and Employment Studies at the Committee for Economic Development (CED), the nation’s oldest business-sponsored policy research organization. While at CED, Carnevale was appointed by President Clinton to Chair the National Commission on Employment Policy.

Dr. Carnevale was the founder and President of the Institute for Workplace Learning (IWL) between 1983 and 1993. The IWL worked directly with consortia of private companies to develop high performance work systems and to develop more effective work and training systems. Prior to founding IWL, Dr. Carnevale also served as Director of Political and Government Affairs for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the largest union in the AFL-CIO.

Prior to joining AFSCME, he was a senior staff member in both houses of the U.S. Congress. He was Majority Staff Director on the Public Financing Sub-Committee of the House Committee on Government Operations and joined the Senate Budget Committee shortly after it was established by the passage of the Budget Impoundment and Control Act of 1974. Subsequently, he also served as senior economist for the Senate Democratic Leadership Council. In l994, Secretary of Commerce Ronald Brown appointed Dr. Carnevale to the Board of Overseers for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. In 1972, he co-authored the principal affidavit in Rodriguez v. San Antonio, a U.S. Supreme Court action to remedy unequal tax burdens and education benefits. This landmark case resulted in significant fiscal reforms in a majority of states.


Katharine Oliver is the Assistant State Superintendent for Career and College Readiness in Maryland.  She leads a division of the Maryland State Department of Education committed to accelerating student achievement. The division administers a full range of academic and career and technology instructional programs and support services for youth in Department of Juvenile Services facilities and leads the continuous improvement of Maryland’s statewide system of   Career and Technology Education.

Mrs. Oliver was appointed to her current position in 1989 and is the nation’s most senior State Director of Career and Technology Education.

Earlier in her career, she was a member of MSDE’s Division of Rehabilitation Services Executive Team and also worked with Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation in workforce development.

She is a graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and received a Master of Science Degree in Administration and Management from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.

Mrs. Oliver serves on a variety of local, state, and national advisory boards related to education and workforce development.  She is a past President of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium and is the former chair of the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB) High Schools That Work Board; and is the Vice Chair of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).  She also serves on the Independent Advisory Panel for the National Assessment of Career Technical Education, Maryland Governor’s P-20 Council and Maryland’s Apprenticeship and Training Council.

James Stone III is the Director of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education at the University of Louisville. Dr. Stone is a native of Washington D.C.. He grew up in Virginia where he later managed retail establishments for more than ten years, leaving that career to teach secondary marketing education in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties.  He earned his B.S. and Ed. D. degrees at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master’s in School Administration at George Mason University.  Stone has held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota. He currently is a Distinguished University Scholar  and a professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Stone was part of the University of Minnesota team that developed the successful bid for the National Centers in Career and Technical Education (1999).  He initially served as the Deputy Director of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education from 1999-2002 and then Director from August 2002 to October 2007.  Stone led the University of Louisville group that successfully competed for the new National Research Center awarded by the USDE/OVAE that began operations on October 1, 2007 where he continues to serve as Director.

Dr. Stone has maintained an active program of research over the past twenty years.  In addition to the Center grants, he has been responsible for more than $34 million in external grants focusing primarily on the role of schools in linking youth and adults to the workplace. He has presented more than 350 papers, speeches and workshops including invited presentations in China, Japan and Taiwan. Previously he served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Vocational Education Research and as Editor.  During the 1990’s Dr. Stone served as executive director for a regional heritage and arts center. Dr. Stone has a book forthcoming from Teacher’s College Press entitled, College and Career Readiness: Making High School Matter. Beyond the traditional forms of disseminating research results, Dr. Stone has worked directly with schools, school systems, states and other organizations supporting efforts to improve occupationally oriented education.


Bryan Albrecht
Gateway Technical College
3520 30th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53144

Anthony Carnevale
Director and Research Professor
Georgetown University
Center on Education and Workforce
3300 Whitehaven Street, NW, Suite 5000
Box 571444
Washington DC, 20057

Katharine Oliver
Assistant State Superintendent
Maryland Department of Education
Division of Career and College Readiness
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

James Stone III
University of Louisville
National Research Center for Career and Technical Education
331 Education Building
Louisville, KY 40292


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