International Vocational Education and Training Association

North America

   Sandra Poirier, North America VP
Dr. Poirier has been employed at Middle Tennessee State University since 2005.   She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences from Florida State University and University of Arizona respectively.  Her Ph.D. was received in 1998 from Florida International University in Miami, Florida,  in Adult Education/Human Resources Development.  Prior to coming to MTSU, Dr. Poirier taught three years at Zayed University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Additionally, she has worked at the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Service, and the Provincial Government of Alberta, Canada.  Dr. Poirier has been a member of IVETA since 2008 and attended many national and World Congress conferences in Malaysia, Nashville, Las Vegas, and New Orleans.   Dr. Poirier has more than 15 years of international teaching experience working in culturally diverse environments.  Her strengths include creating innovative educational programs with a focus on culture, identifying appropriate outreach efforts to solve community problems, and empowering students for successful careers.  She has been recognized for her ability to create and teach online courses, work as an advisor for a student organization, and creating positive educational strategies for optimal learning.

Winter 2017/2018 Report

The National Research Center for College & University Admissions (NRCCUA) has been gathering information on student and educator attitudes and interests. In 2014 over 2.5 million Career and Technical Education high school students in the US, in over 95% of the public and private high schools in the country, participated in the study titled My College Options.  These are a few of the important details about the Career and Technical data collected on their latest survey:

1.   The majority of CTE educators report that business and industry leaders serve on advisory committees and interact with students.

2.  95% of CTE educators report integration between CTE and academics in their classroom and/or school.

3. Researchers estimate that over 16 million jobs created by 2020 will require some post-secondary education or a two-year associate degree. Many of these jobs will be in CTE fields such as the skilled trades, health care, manufacturing, IT, business and marketing, among others, including many occupations that employers find hard to fill.

4.  Apprenticeships are catching on fast and are expected to grow more as young people decide against pricey colleges in favor of on-the-job training program that end in vocational certification and gainful employment.  The US Federal Government has allocated $200 million in apprenticeship grants and pilot project funding for 2018.

What are the two most significant issues facing TVET in your region?

1.  Skill shortages in many of the trade jobs and especially teaching as a profession.

2.  Not all CTE content areas have industry standard certifications that can be offered in the secondary programs.  We need to make sure that each content area has 1-2 industry standard certifications available to students.

   Countries in the Region:

United States


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