Season 1 Episode 9: The Future of Career & Technical Education in America: A Conversation with Scott Stump

Since its inception in the early 1900s, Career and Technical Education (formerly known as industrial arts, or vocational education) has been at the intersection of public education and the workforce.  As CTE has evolved over the past 100 years, it has expanded its scope to include exploration of and preparation for hundreds of career paths, from the traditional paths like the skilled trades to health care and information tech and biotech.

Where does CTE stand today, and where is it heading?

Today’s guest is Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary for Career Technical and Adult Education with the U.S. Department of Education.  Host Hans Meeder and Assistant Secretary Stump talk about implementation of the Perkins V Act, key trends in Career Technical Education (CTE) across the United States, and how CTE can influence the future of education in the U.S. at the local, state and national levels.


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About Today’s Guest

Scott Stump is the assistant secretary for career, technical, and adult education at the U.S. Department of Education. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 16, 2018, after being nominated by the President on May 15, 2018.

Stump serves as the principal adviser to the Secretary of Education on all matters concerning high school, career, technical and adult education as well as community colleges, the workforce and economic development.

Prior to assuming the role of assistant secretary for career, technical, and adult education, Stump served as the chief operating officer of Vivayic, Inc., a learning solutions provider devoted to helping individuals, organizations and corporations do good in the world. Before that, Stump served as the assistant provost and state director for career and technical education (CTE) with the Colorado Community College System. During his tenure there, Stump also served as state FFA (Future Farmers of America) advisor, agriculture program director and interim president of Northeastern Junior College during the institution’s presidential search process.

During his seven-year tenure as a state CTE director, Stump served as an officer in the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education. In this role, he served on the National SkillsUSA Board of Directors as the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) liaison.

Stump also served two terms on the Prairie RE11-J school board and one year on the Colorado Association of School Boards board of directors.

Stump received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from Purdue University and taught at Manchester High School in North Central Indiana. Before moving to Colorado, he also worked for the National FFA Organization managing the national officer team and the national FFA convention.


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