The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) advances employment for people with disabilities by making policy recommendations to the Secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency. The CCEPD met on December 5, 2019 to discuss specific recommendations to improve the existing draft of the California State Plan for Career Technical Education (CTE). The recommendations put forth by the CCEPD strongly encourages the California Workforce Pathways Joint Advisory Committee (CWPJAC), as drafters of the plan, to include additional strategies for increasing inclusion of students with disabilities in CTE programs. This particularly important as the public comment period for the draft state plan is only open from December 2, 2019 through January 3, 2020.
CTE is the practice of teaching specific career skills to students in middle school, high school and post-secondary education and is the pathway to employment for many students. This option should undoubtedly be considered in transition planning for students with disabilities. Currently, California CTE programs cover 15 different industries and 58 career pathways. To learn more about the draft state plan and provide comment visit: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ct/gi/workpathjac.asp