AFT leader views career-tech reform
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten visited Cleveland on Monday to see how the District is changing career and technical education to meet the needs of students and the modern work force.
Escorted by leaders of the AFT-affiliated Cleveland Teachers Union, Weingarten toured Max S. Hayes High School's new state-of-the-art building on West 65th Street. She spoke with instructors and students in classes that included computer numerical control machining, automobile technology and building and construction.
Max S. Hayes, named for a Cleveland labor activist, is part of the evolving Academies of Cleveland, an umbrella for CMSD’s five career-tech schools. The schools are overhauling and aligning their career “pathways” to satisfy needs in the job market.
Weingarten learned about industry certification available to Max Hayes students and the role of outside technical advisory committees that are helping to shape curriculum.