Alicia Bolton is an expert in career education and workforce development issues and programming. As the director of career education for DC Public Schools (DCPS) Alicia led the team responsible for overseeing DCPS’ 50+ career and technical education (CTE) programs. In this capacity, she successfully devised and executed strategies to address issues such as teacher quality, curriculum, program awareness/marketing, operations, data, and budget to ensure that DCPS’ CTE programs were high quality and that students were motivated to complete them, graduate from high school, enroll in postsecondary education and ultimately pursue a high-wage career.
Prior to joining DCPS, Alicia was a policy advisor with the United States Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Career Technical and Adult Education. There, she served as lead writer for Investing In America’s Future: A Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education (the CTE Blueprint), which reflected the Obama Administration’s proposal to systematically elevate the quality of CTE programs through reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Additionally, Alicia represented ED in its collaboration with the United States Department of Labor to issue and award the Youth CareerConnect grants. Totaling $107 million, these grants brought together secondary, postsecondary, industry and workforce partners to create career-themed programs that prepare high school students for postsecondary education as well as high-wage, high growth jobs.
Having previously held positions in real estate and banking, Alicia transitioned to a career in education because of her deep belief that education is the foundation for community empowerment and advancement.
- Career and technical education
- Policy development
- Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellow with an MA in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- BS in Economics from Florida A&M University
- Graduate of The Broad Residency in Urban Education