MDRC’s Mary Visher Featured at DC Forum on Employer-Driven Innovations in Career and Technical Education on October 20


On Friday, October 20, the American Youth Policy Forum and MDRC are sponsoring a Capitol Hill forum, “Employer-Driven Innovations in Career and Technical Education (CTE): Promise, Practice, & Opportunities for Policy,” from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm.

According to projections, our country will need to dramatically increase the working-age population that earns a high-quality postsecondary credential to meet future workforce needs. A growing body of research shows that high-quality CTE pathways prepare students to be successful beyond a high school diploma in both postsecondary education and the workforce.

As Congress looks to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, this forum will present leading research on CTE and analysis of the evolving workforce needs that have influenced the development of innovative CTE strategies. Presenters will share both an overview of the research and innovative strategies in CTE at both the secondary and postsecondary levels that have strong employer partners and are informed by research. Following the presentations, there will be a facilitated discussion on policy opportunities to support innovative CTE opportunities for all students.


  • Mary Visher, Senior Associate, MDRC

  • Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development, California Community College System

  • Stan Litow, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, IBM, & President, IBM International Foundation

  • Cate Swinburn, Vice President of Programs, Educate Now!

Visit the American Youth Policy Forum website to register.