US Secretary of Education: Richmond Schools Use ‘Local Strategies to National Issues’ | Education

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, who visited the downtown campuses of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and Armstrong High School in Richmond on Monday, said he witnessed “local strategies in the face of national issues “.

Cardona, who toured the schools alongside Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., spoke with students enrolled in the Technical Career Education Program, a national initiative to prepare high school and college students for Careers which presents academic material in a practical context. In Virginia, students can learn in business and information technology, agricultural education, marketing, and other fields.

Cardona has been pushing for schools to reinvent education by ensuring that higher education pathways lead to successful careers.

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At Reynolds, “they do it masterfully,” Cardona said.

Cardona called for increased investment in career readiness programs that prepare students for in-demand jobs and scholarship programs that allow students to pursue vocational and technical studies at any point in their lives.

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In Congress, Kaine introduced the Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, which would make short-term education and training eligible for federal Pell grants.

At Armstrong, Cardona spoke with representatives of the Richmond Teacher Residency program, which recruits and trains teachers for high-needs and hard-to-staff schools. “Residents” learn alongside teachers for a year while earning a graduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. The program fully covers tuition fees.

Residents continue to receive training from a career coach during their first two years of teaching.

The pandemic has exacerbated the need for teachers, Cardona said. The Richmond program helps develop a base of future teachers.

“After two years of the pandemic, parents really understand the appreciation of teachers,” Kaine said.

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