FY2020 Appropriations Work, New CTE Bill Introduced

September 26th, 2019

News this Week

As we get closer to the end of September, when government funding will expire, Congress has been continuing to work on the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bills. In the past week, the importance of CTE was recognized with the House introduction of the Strengthen CTE in Higher Education Act. The U.S. Department of Education also shared a guide on supporting access to dual enrollment for students with disabilities and embarked on its 2019 Back-to-School Tour.  Read below to learn more about each of these updates. 

Senate and House Continues Work on Appropriations Bills

On September 18, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Education), Roy Blunt (R-MO), released the text of the Subcommittee’s Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) appropriations bill. 

The bill allocated $71.4 billion for the Department of Education and $12.1 billion to the Department of Labor. The FY20 bill allocates $1.3 billion to CTE State Grants, also known as Perkins Basic State Grants- an amount that is level with the FY19 funding level. 

The full Labor-HHS-Education FY20 bill can be found here and a summary of the bill can be found here. A markup of the Labor-HHS-Education funding bill has not yet been rescheduled after it was cancelled earlier this month

On September 19, the House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution funding bill that would continue federal funding through November 21- allowing additional time for appropriators to finalize the long-term FY20 bill. A Senate vote for this measure has not been scheduled. Advance CTE will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available. 

House Introduces The Strengthen CTE in Higher Education Act 

Last week, Representatives Lori Trahan (D-MA), Chris Pappas (D-NH), Kendra Horn (D-OK) and Abby Finkenaur (D-IA) introduced The Strengthen CTE in Higher Education Act (H.R. 4371). This bill would authorize nearly $200 million in funding to strengthen program alignment for postsecondary Perkins Career Technical Education (CTE) programs through collaboration between postsecondary CTE and partners in education and the workforce. 

The full bill can be found here. A press release, including a quote from Advance CTE’s Executive Director Kimberly Green, can be found here

Department of Education Shares Guidance on Dual Enrollment for Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education released a guide  last week on “Increasing Postsecondary Opportunities and Success for Students and Youth with Disabilities.” The guide shares information about how federal funds under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) can be used by states and districts to support access to higher education programs, such as dual enrollment, for students with disabilities.

In a press release accompanying the guide, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos stated the following:

 “All students deserve the freedom to pursue an education that is challenging and allows them to reach their full potential. I hope this information will make clear what the law says and serve as a resource to families, Individualized Education Program (IEP) Teams and State VR agencies as they continue to collaborate and find ways to increase postsecondary opportunities – and success – for students and youth with disabilities.”

Department of Education Participates in Annual Back-to-School Tour

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, carried out her annual Back-to-School Tour to visit schools that are rethinking education. Secretary DeVos spent time at elementary and secondary schools, as well as postsecondary institutions across Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education Scott Stump also participated in the 2019 Back-to-School Tour. Assistant Secretary Stump visited:

Meredith Hills, Policy Associate

YouthForce NOLA Collaborative Offers New Pathways, Credentials and Hands-on Training for New Orleans Youth

September 24th, 2019

In just a few short years, the number of New Orleans public school graduates earning statewide industry-recognized credentials in three leading industries —health sciences, digital media and technology, and skilled crafts—has increased fivefold. This is in large part due to the work by YouthForce NOLA, an education, business and civic collaborative that prepares New Orleans public school students to pursue high-wage, high-demand career pathways. A quarter of credentials earned in 2018 were intermediate or advanced credentials, allowing them to continue their education or enter directly into the workforce.

YouthForce NOLA has a four-pronged approach to building career pathways that result in a meaningful credential including: engaging employers to offer internships, career exploration opportunities, and curriculum development; providing technical assistance to schools to redesign their curriculum to be career-focused; increasing training provider capacity to supplement schools’ teaching; and engaging families and the community in the process to ensure buy-in and an understanding of these opportunities. What began as a pilot with only two schools in 2015 will now see students from all 26 of New Orleans Public School open enrollment schools accessing career pathways programming in the 2019-20 school year.

YouthForce NOLA works with over 100 employers to expose students to different career pathways and provide work-based learning experiences through the YouthForce Internship (YFI) program. Participants in YFI have grown exponentially, and start with a 60-hour pre-training, which includes soft skills, job-seeking skills and industry exposure, followed by a 90-hour paid internship. Participation in these meaningful work experiences has grown from 18 students in 2015 to approximately 250 students in the summer of 2019. Nearly 90 percent of partners who participate in the internship program would recommend it to other employers. 

“We know the surest way to expand access to opportunity is to equip people with the skills needed to compete for well-paying, in-demand jobs that are available today and tomorrow,” said Katie LeGardeur, Managing Director and Market Leader for JPMorgan Chase in New Orleans. “That’s why we are supporting communities around the world to design and implement innovative new approaches to career education that prepare young people to enter the workforce with the skills, experiences, and credentials they need to succeed in good careers in growing industries.”

YouthForce NOLA and its partners are also expanding the ways in which students can gain hands-on skills by investing in the newly launched New Orleans Career Center, a city-wide technical training hub. The New Orleans Career Center now provides students from over a dozen partner high schools with hands-on training in high-demand fields. Additional YouthForce technical training partner options include Operation Spark (software development), NOTEP (construction trades), NOVAC (creative/digital media), Gateway EMS (emergency services), and Spark Mindset (network security).

Family and community engagement also is central to the collaborative’s mission. With assistance from the Urban League of Louisiana and families themselves, YouthForce NOLA developed a toolkit and an aligned workshop focused on strategies for helping schools remove barriers for family engagement. Any school that wants to join the YouthForce NOLA network must include a family engagement plan, ensuring it is a key component of their program.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. New Skills for Youth initiative invested in YouthForce NOLA to expand and enhance the organization’s efforts to develop a pipeline of skilled workers for high-demand, high-wage careers. As the program grows, it will continue to focus on helping learners gain job-specific skills, work experience and soft skills.

Youthforce NOLA is a JPMorgan Chase & Co. New Skills for Youth Innovation Site aiming to improve career pathways for learners. This snapshot is part of a series documenting the progress of the local investments from across the globe that aim to identify and implement the most promising ideas in career education, with a special focus on communities with the greatest needs. Learn more about the innovations sites here.

 

This Week in CTE

September 20th, 2019

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Get an inside look at a CTE program focused on the culinary industry at Mojave

High School in North Las Vegas. Learners contribute their catering skills for school events. They also participate in state competitions and are in a great location for work-based learning opportunities with local businesses. Watch this quick video to hear from learners and the program instructor.

Watch the video here.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

The Roadmap for Racial Equity: An Imperative for Workforce Development Advocates

The Roadmap for Racial Equity is a new report developed by the National Skills Coalition which explores the racial and ethnic disparities in educational attainment and access; systemic barriers to equitable workforce training and quality employment; and why advancing equity is an economic and moral imperative. In the report the following recommendations were included: 

  • adopt racial equity goals and develop plans and systems to support them;  
  • remove barriers to correctional education and training; 
  • endorse racially equitable postsecondary policy by expanding career pathways and stackable credentials of value, job-driven and need-based financial aid, and tuition equity for immigrants; and  
  • decouple work requirements and education and training restrictions from public assistance programs, just to name a few. 

Read the full report here

Denver Public School Students Participating in CareerConnect Contributes to All-time High Graduation Rate 

September 17th, 2019

Denver, Colorado – Denver Public Schools has taken on an impressive goal: create the largest work-based learning program of any district in the country. Focused on providing students with access to relevant, project-based coursework, technical skills training and in-depth experiences in leading career areas, Denver Public Schools CareerConnect has developed a program that is working for both students and industry.

DPS CareerConnect launched in 2014 in partnership with the City of Denver, the Denver Office of Economic Development, two- and four-year colleges and universities, and business and industry partners. Supported by the JPMorgan Chase New Skills for Youth initiative beginning in 2016, the program offers rigorous industry-focused classes, hands-on work-based learning experiences, professional internships, mentoring for students, and a three-year apprenticeship opportunity where students split their time between the classroom and the workplace.

DPS CareerConnect has contributed to an all-time high graduation rate for Denver Public School (DPS) students. Specifically, participating in CareerConnect increases the odds of on-time graduation by 40 percent for students participating in two to five CareerConnect courses, 90 percent for students participating in five or more CareerConnect courses, and 90 percent for students who have a CareerConnect industry mentor.

Nearly 80 percent of DPS high schools are participating in the CareerConnect initiative. Overall, CareerConnect reaches more than 12,600 middle and high school students throughout the district. More than 200 Denver area businesses play a key role in the development and delivery of the program. The unique program builds a pathway for students while creating a pipeline of future employees with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in high-opportunity, in-demand industries including finance, engineering, advanced manufacturing, bioscience and technology.

“We want to enable young people to both contribute to and share in the rewards of a growing economy, and it starts right here with access to programs like DPS CareerConnect,” said Chris Jensen, Senior Executive for the Greater West Segment for the Commercial Bank in Colorado. “Working collaboratively, we can make sure young people in Denver are trained and competitive for the most in-demand jobs.”

Data plays a major role in the CareerConnect program, providing insight into ways CareerConnect can and should expand to meet the needs of each student. DPS CareerConnect uses data gathered from school districts such as attendance, graduation progress and test achievement, number of students participating in work-based learning, and more, all disaggregated by demographic characteristics to ensure that every single student is set up for success in the program. As offerings grow equitably, so does participation. K-8 School-Based Learning enrollment increased from over 9,400 in the 2016-17 school year to more than 13,600 in the 2017-18 school year. “CareerConnect is making a lasting impact both in schools and our local community by introducing students to their career passions and initiating a lifelong upward career trajectory,” said Bernard McCune, Senior Executive Director for Career and College Success at Denver Public Schools. “I look forward to the continued growth of the DPS CareerConnect program and equipping all students with invaluable skills for career and college success.”

As the program evolves, it will continue to focus on serving Denver students by identifying and implementing solutions to strengthen and expand programming, supporting innovative career readiness approaches and sustaining essential existing efforts.

Denver Public Schools CareerConnect is a JPMorgan Chase & Co. New Skills for Youth Innovation Site aiming to improve career pathways for learners. This snapshot is part of a series documenting the progress of the local investments from across the globe that aim to identify and implement the most promising ideas in career education, with a special focus on communities with the greatest needs. Learn more about the innovations sites here.

This Week in CTE

September 13th, 2019

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FY2020 Appropriations Process Continues 

Congress returned from the six-week summer recess this week with the intention of moving forward with the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) appropriations process following the budget deal that was reached right before break. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Education) was scheduled to markup their FY20 appropriations bill on Tuesday, September 10. However, Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Richard Shelby (R-AL) postponed this markup shortly before it was scheduled to begin due to partisan disagreements about the bill. The disagreements mainly revolved around the funding level, as well as policy amendments attached to the bill. 

Read the full blog here.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Henderson County Students Certified After Disaster Training

Henderson County High School in Kentucky received the 2019 Excellence in Action award for its Health Science program of study. As learners progress through the program, they can focus on one of the following areas: Allied Health, Pre-Nursing and Medical Administrative Assistant. Regardless of their focus area, all seniors are required to participate in one of the work-based learning experiences offered at 47 local healthcare facilities. Through dual credit courses, health science learners can earn up to 12 college credits, as well as five industry-recognized credentials, ensuring learners are ready to continue their education or enter the workplace. 

For example, learners in the allied health career pathway are trained in emergency preparedness. To become community emergency response team certified, learners have to complete an accident simulation, supported by partners such as the county fire department, police department, local hospitals and others. More than 200 juniors have earned this national certification over the past four years.

Watch this news segment highlighting a disaster training simulation that is part of the certification process for learners. The segment even features Jessica Sheffer the program instructor. 

Watch the video here.

Read more about the award winner here.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

The Data Quality Campaign officially released the findings from their 2019 national poll of parents and teachers. The national poll of teachers found they are strongly committed to using data in service of students – but are left on their own to make this happen. Policymakers and school leaders are missing critical moments throughout teachers’ careers and these missed opportunities are driving teachers to build their own capacity to put data to work. Read the brief that highlights the burdens that teachers are facing in using data and the actions leaders can take to make data use in the classroom a more seamless part of the school day.

Learn more here.

FY2020 Appropriations Process, Secretary DeVos Visits CTE Programs in Alaska

September 12th, 2019

News this Week

Congress returned this week after a six-week recess, and continued with the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations process. Read below to learn more about the appropriations outlook, Secretary DeVos’s recent visit to Career Technical Education programs in Alaska and a new article about collaboration between education and foster care services. 

FY2020 Appropriations Process Continues 

Congress returned from the six-week summer recess this week with the intention of moving forward with the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) appropriations process following the budget deal that was reached right before break. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Education) was scheduled to markup their FY20 appropriations bill on Tuesday, September 10. However, Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Richard Shelby (R-AL) postponed this markup shortly before it was scheduled to begin due to partisan disagreements about the bill. The disagreements mainly revolved around the funding level, as well as policy amendments attached to the bill. 

Earlier today, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted on the spending levels for each of the 12 appropriations bills, passing on party lines. Although the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill has not been shared with the public, the allocation for Labor-HHS-Education is $187.7 billion- just about a 1% increase over FY19 funding. As a reminder, the House Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill that was passed earlier this summer included about a 6% increase over FY19 funding.  

Federal funding runs out on September 30, and appropriators are now working to come to an agreement before that time. One possible outcome is that Congress will pass a short-term funding bill, or a continuing resolution, to extend current funding levels while continuing to work on the full long-term funding bill. 

Advance CTE will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available. 

Secretary DeVos Visits Career Technical Education Programs in Alaska 

Recently, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos traveled to Alaska to visit two Career Technical Education (CTE) programs and learn more about existing CTE opportunities in the state. Secretary DeVos first observed students at King Tech High School in Anchorage. King Tech High School offers CTE programs in 25 occupations and provides learners with the skills to be successful in both college and a career. Next, Secretary DeVos visited the Northwestern Alaska Career & Technical Center (NACTEC), located on the Nome-Beltz Jr./Sr. High School campus. NACTEC classes are open to learners across the region.

New Article Shares Recommendations for Supporting Learners in Foster Care

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) pushes local education agencies to collaborate with foster care services and coordinate supports for students. Perkins V also focuses on youth in foster care by adding them to the list of special populations and requiring states to review and report disaggregated performance data. In many states, these requirements will involve new processes and relationships, but they are ultimately designed to support the success of students in foster care. In this article, advocates in California lay out a series of recommendations and opportunities to foster stronger collaboration between education and foster care services at both the state and local level. 

Meredith Hills, Policy Associate

Detroit Investment Creates an Opportunity for the District-wide Expansion of Career Pathways

September 10th, 2019

The Linked Learning model – an approach that combines rigorous academic coursework, Career Technical Education (CTE), work-based learning experiences and comprehensive support services – is expanding to 21 high schools by 2021 across Detroit to support students in their college and career goals. What began as a school-by-school turnaround strategy has evolved into a cohesive and strategic approach for the Detroit Public School Community District (DPSCD). At the direction of a new superintendent, Dr. Nikolai Vitti, each high school will have an established career academy with a focus on a specific career pathway by 2021.

Building off of efforts spearheaded by United Way, this effort is focused on creating career pathways that result in meaningful certifications aligned to high-growth and high-wage careers. United Way is playing an integral role by providing staff support directly to schools and serving on the Workforce Partnership Initiative (WPI) team representing DPSCD, the Mayor’s Office, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, United Way, and the Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD), to undertake a two-year engagement to design a strategy and holistic plan to integrating the Linked Learning model across DPSCD.

A linchpin of the program is the targeted support services that do work on the ground to ensure goals are being achieved. This includes:

  • Pathways Coaches that guide the development of the program of study, support project development and implementation and identify funding streams;
  • Work-based Learning Directors who develop Pathway Advisory Boards, recruit employer partners for work-based learning opportunities; and
  • New District-funded position to lead the transition of the work being completely managed and sustained by the District. 

“We know the surest way to expand access to opportunity is to equip people with the skills needed to compete for well-paying, in-demand jobs that are available today and tomorrow,” said John Carter, President, Michigan Middle Market, Commercial Bank, JPMorgan Chase. “That’s why we are investing to design and implement innovative new approaches to career education that prepare young people to enter the workforce with the skills, experiences, and credentials they need to succeed in good careers in growing industries.”

Linked Learning Detroit is a JPMorgan Chase & Co. New Skills for Youth Innovation Site aiming to improve career pathways for learners. This snapshot is part of a series documenting the progress of the local investments from across the globe that aim to identify and implement the most promising ideas in career education, with a special focus on communities with the greatest needs. Learn more about the innovations sites here.

This Week in CTE

September 6th, 2019

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We’re Hiring!

Senior Associate, Member Engagement & Professional Learning

Advance CTE is hiring a Senior Associate, Member Engagement & Professional Learning who will be responsible for coordinating outreach and engagement with Advance CTE members, leading member-focused professional learning efforts, ensuring the organization is anticipating and meeting members’ needs, and helping to advance our organizational goals. This position has the unique opportunity to design and implement a strategy that engages education and workforce leaders from across the country both in-person and virtually.

The ideal candidate will be a problem solver, enjoy engaging directly with a range of individuals and be a team player committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment. This position provides an opportunity to have a direct impact on education policy by supporting state leaders working to ensure every student has access to high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE). 

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, a list of at least three professional references and salary requirements to careers@careertech.org by September 13, 2019. Learn more here

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

The Dorsey Film program at Susan Miller Dorsey High School in CA is a 2019 Excellence in Action award winner in the Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Career Cluster®. Want to see the high-quality work these students produce check out their website here

Here’s one example: https://youtu.be/vAt-MMyEJpU

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

A new data explorer on Achieve’s Graduating Ready website dives into student outcomes and college and career readiness across the United States. The explorer compiles publicly-available state-reported data on student outcomes on eight different indicators of college and career readiness – including graduation rate, assessment proficiency, AP and dual enrollment, postsecondary enrollment, and more. The project shows that there remains much room for improvement in states’ public reporting in terms of breaking data down by student subgroups, reporting it in a timely manner, and in how students are counted. Check it out to see the information your state reports – and doesn’t.

Learn more here: https://highschool.achieve.org/college-and-career-ready-student-outcomes-data-explorer

 

 

National Workforce Development Month

September 5th, 2019

This September is officially designated as “National Workforce Development Month,” following last month’s Senate passing of bipartisan resolution S.Res.304. The resolution explains workforce development as the education, training and career advancement of the country’s workforce, and raises workforce development as pivotal to competing in the global economy. 

Career Technical Education (CTE) is called out in the resolution as a vital component of workforce development. It is noted that CTE participation decreases the risk of dropping out of high school, as well as increases high school graduation rates. The resolution also shares that the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) supports high quality CTE programs by providing academic and technical skills to 12 million learners.

The resolution was introduced by Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Mike Enzi (R-WY), as well as Co-Chairs of the Senate CTE Caucus, Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Todd Young (R-IN). In total, 29 Democratic and Republican senators co-sponsored this resolution. 

Dallas County Promise Provides Learners with the Skills Employers Need

September 5th, 2019

Dallas County, Texas – like many communities across the country – is grappling with a lack of a skilled talent pipeline for its growing industries, in large part due to the lack of affordability and supports for postsecondary education. In Dallas County, only 37 percent of adults have a two- or four-year degree, yet 65 percent of living-wage jobs require an education beyond high school.

To tackle this ongoing issue, Dallas County Promise was created with support from JPMorgan Chase’s New Skills for Youth initiative, to help all students complete college with the skills most needed by North Texas employers. To be eligible, students sign the Promise Pledge acknowledging their interest in pursuing postsecondary education, have attended a participating high school for their full senior year, and meet the required deadlines for admissions, course enrollment and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

 The first cohort of participants is already making significant strides as the Dallas County Community College District saw a 35 percent increase in college enrollment and the University of North Texas at Dallas increased their enrollment by 30 percent in the 2017-18 school year.

“We know the surest way to expand access to opportunity is to equip people with the skills needed to compete for well-paying, in-demand jobs that are available today and tomorrow,” said Anne Motsenbocker, Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase and head of the company’s Middle Market Banking division for Texas. “That’s why we are supporting communities around the world to design and implement innovative new approaches to career education that prepare young people to enter the workforce with the skills, experiences, and credentials they need to succeed in good careers in growing industries.”

The program pays for any balance of tuition not covered by federal or state financial aid at participating Promise partner colleges. Ninety-eight percent of eligible students have signed the Promise pledge this year and 60 percent completed the FAFSA. Postsecondary partners include the University of North Texas at Dallas, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University—Commerce and Midwestern State University, as well as 11 additional colleges and universities.

The support is not strictly financial; once enrolled in college, participants are supported by a variety of channels, including success coaches to help learners become informed about career opportunities and a 12-month leadership academy that connects Promise students with CEOs to receive mentorship.

 Partners also launched a Parent Promise scholarship to offer parents of 2019 high school seniors tuition toward a certificate or an associate degree. The Parent Promise is limited to parents of students at a subset of high schools that represent areas with low postsecondary degree attainment.

Last year, JPMorgan Chase New Skills for Youth initiative invested $3 million to support the efforts of Dallas County Promise. As the program grows, it will continue to focus on these main goals: to provide technical assistance to schools, to further develop career pathway strategies, and to expand and enhance data capabilities. The program is part of the statewide initiative known as 60x30TX, which has the goal of 60 percent of adults ages 25 to 34 with a degree by 2030 in Texas.

Dallas County Promise is a JPMorgan Chase & Co. New Skills for Youth Innovation Site aiming to improve career pathways for learners. This snapshot is part of a series documenting the progress of the local investments from across the globe that aim to identify and implement the most promising ideas in career education, with a special focus on communities with the greatest needs. Learn more about the innovations sites here.

Nicole Howard, Communications Associate

 

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