Equity in CTE

Equity is when every student has what they need to succeed

mindset characteristics
Growth v. Fixed Mindset. Click image to enlarge
learn from mistakes
click image to enlarge
cultural change
click image to enlarge

Non-Traditional Careers for Perkins and Workplace Gender Balance

The Goal

To help men and women choose skilled careers that:

  • break through traditional gender stereotypes,
  • meet the needs for skilled employment in Colorado,
  • and are a good personal fit.

Our Belief

We believe that all levels of American society and business will benefit by having a better balance of men and women in the U.S. workplace. With the entrance of women into the workplace over the last forty years, many workplaces have already become fully integrated and women and men operate on a peer-to-peer basis. And while some occupations have been slower to become integrated, it has been proven that progress is possible.

The beginning of this process is to create a positive message about balance in the workplace, and to encourage and support Coloradans who enter education and training programs that still need to achieve balance in the workplace.

Five Strategic Objectives for the Workplace Gender Balance Project

  1. Create a compelling message and implement a communication plan
  2. Build buy-in and commitment from college leadership, student support services staff and faculty, and other stakeholders
  3. Develop effective assistance for both men and women to learn about and prepare for non-traditional careers.
  4. Engage employers, employer groups and other stakeholders to change the workplace culture
  5. Keep score to measure progress

Who Participates

  • Community Colleges
  • Technical Colleges
  • Secondary Schools
  • and even Correctional Facilities

The Outcome

To enhance equity and inclusivity in the classroom and workplace environments. To develop a talented, skilled and motivated pool of workers that enhance the competitiveness of Colorado’s workforce and economy. To help meet the program accountability objectives and metrics of the federal Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Improvement Act (specifically within the non-traditional careers metrics).

Bias Assessment Survey

Project Implicit website.  Instructions: Click ‘demonstration’ / Go to Test / Proceed to Test / Test: Gender-Career

Mindset Survey. Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success.