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Career Education

By Sarah D. Sparks — May 30, 2017 1 min read
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The skills needed for technical careers have changed significantly, and school and adult education programs need to do more to support evolving technical education, according to a sizeable new report on career education by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

It finds the demand for manual skills in the workforce has been declining since the 1960s, while the demand for more advanced cognitive and interpersonal skills has risen sharply.

The report calls for policymakers and educators, among other measures, to improve counseling for students’ career options and to build more substantive models of career apprenticeships to help students develop on-the-job training in new fields.

A version of this article appeared in the May 30, 2017 edition of Education Week as Career Education

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