Welcome Rita Johnson, Kansas’ Newest State CTE Director!

January 28th, 2016

Rita Johnson, Kansas’ newest State CTE Director, has had a lifelong career in education. She began teaching in 1973, and after a stint as an executive assistant and office manager outside of the education sector, Johnson returned and served in a variety of roles including business and computer studies coordinator, college competency-based curriculum specialist, director of admissions and student affairs, director of administrative services and as an institutional effectiveness specialist. While serving in these roles she also managed the Carl D. Perkins grants for both a large urban school district as well as the local technical college. After working on the Perkins grant for a number of years, Johnson made the leap to the Kansas Board of Regents, where she had to quickly shift focus from a local to state perspective, further expanding her growth and knowledge of Career Technical Education (CTE). Now as the Regents Vice President for Workforce Development and Perkins State Director, Johnson is witnessing a resurgence in strategies that were popular when she began her career such as work-based learning, employer engagement and apprenticeships.

While the role of employer engagement in CTE remains a priority, her major focus is strengthening the connection between secondary and postsecondary education programs throughout the state. Though students should absolutely have a broader-based education and the chance to explore a variety of careers and pathways in high school, Johnson wants to ensure there are realistic intersections to pathways where learners have a multitude of options. Pathways should enable high school graduates to continue their education or jump into the workforce with the ability to re-enter the education system at any time to gain more skills as they advance through their careers. “Students should be able to find a pathway that is within their passion and interest,” said Johnson. “As they explore a wide swath of careers, I hope we strengthen these connections so that students can see a pathway to where they want to go.” In addition to creating strong pathways, Johnson described the work to be done in educating students, parents and guidance counselors about the vast opportunities that CTE provides.

As Johnson reinforced the idea that education should be a lifelong pursuit, it was clear this concept is evident in her own life as she describe her excitement at beginning this new chapter as the State CTE Director in Kansas.

Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Associate 

This Week in CTE

January 8th, 2016

TWEET OF THE WEEK

REPORT OF THE WEEK

Using Dual Enrollment to Improve the Educational Outcomes of High School Students
ACT released a report delving into the benefits of providing dual enrollment opportunities for high school students, with a list of recommendations to expand dual enrollment programs including creating funding structures for programming and exploring online technology to increase accessibility. Read More.

WEBINAR OF THE WEEK

Connecting Credentials is hosting a series of webinars focused on improving credentialing, the first of which is today, highlighting employer engagement in credentialing. Learn more about the series here.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

350 employers, industry and education organizations from ACT, Inc. to Xerox signed a letter urging Congress to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career Technical Education Act. Learn More.

Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Associate 

Upcoming Webinar: CTE and Global Competency

December 17th, 2015

Being globally competent is increasingly a requirement in today’s economy, where individuals are called upon to compete, connect, and cooperate on an international scale. Career Technical Education (CTE) programs offer a unique platform for teaching global competencies, providing the rigorous and authentic setting necessary to prepare students for the competitive world economy, while offering a more engaging, motivating and relevant education.

To explore the ways in which CTE and global education intersect and can be integrated, Asia Society, Longview Foundation, NASDCTEc and ACTE partnered on the new publication Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High-Quality Career and Technical Education, which will be released in early January 2016.

Join us on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 3-4 p.m. ET for a webinar on this critical issue, featuring local leaders sharing what globally-minded CTE programs look like at the classroom level. Register today!

Speakers include:

  • Jo Anne Honeycutt, State CTE Director, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
  • Larisa K. Schelkin, CEO, President & Founder, Global STEM Education Center, Inc.
  • Mark Tronicke, Global Exchange Coordinator, Bergen County Academies in New Jersey
  • Heather Singmaster, Assistant Director, Asia Society
  • Jennifer Manise, Executive Director, Longview Foundation
  • Kate Blosveren, Associate Executive Director, NASDCTEc
  • Steve DeWitt, Deputy Executive Director, ACTE

This Week in CTE: It’s All About Apprenticeships

November 6th, 2015

TWEET OF THE WEEK

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK

How Apprenticeship Will Save the American Economy
Tomorrow marks the end of National Apprenticeship Week where employers, educators and policy makers across the country have promoted the value of apprenticeships in filling the skills gap in certain fields, while also helping people of all ages get the training they need for a successful career at a low cost. “During National Apprenticeship Week, we recognize the ways apprenticeships foster innovation and prosperity, and we recommit to encouraging and supporting those who offer and partake in them,” said President Obama.
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RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

The U.S. Department of Labor is the place to go for all resources Apprenticeship Week related. Find fact sheets, funding opportunities, videos and stories about how apprenticeships are making a meaningful impact across the country.
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK

NASDCTEc is working with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) on an effort to identify model CTE programs of study that align with or articulate to apprenticeship programs. The Potential Role of Secondary Career and Technical Education Programs in Preparing Students for Apprenticeship Programs includes partners, RTI International, Jobs for the Future, Vivayic and Quality Information Partners along with NASDCTEc who will develop a variety of resources for state and local leaders looking to replicate model apprenticeship programs.
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Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Associate 

Apply Today for the 2016 Excellence in Action Award!

October 26th, 2015

We are delighted to announce the opening of the 2016 Excellence in Action award! This award recognizes 2016ExcellenceinActionappinnovative programs of study from across the country that successfully implement the Career Clusters-based program of study and have a meaningful impact on student achievement and success.

Receiving the Excellence in Action award means your program of study will be showcased on a national level through conferences, webinars, in a monthly newsletter to members of Congress, in the media, on our website and in our blog. It’s a chance to show the rest of the country how your program of study prepares students for successful and meaningful careers through high-quality CTE. If you want to see examples of some stellar programs of study, take a look at the 2014 and 2015 winners, some of which were featured at the White House.

We encourage you to join our informational webinar on November 10 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET to learn from past award winners and a member of the selection committee on what makes not only a successful program of study, but also and award-winning application.

For additional questions please email awards@careertech.org.

Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Associate

This Week in CTE

October 23rd, 2015

TWEET OF THE WEEK

WEBINAR(S) OF THE WEEK

THE EMPLOYABILITY CHALLENGE: Better Outcomes for Students, Employers, and Institutions
Wednesday, November 4th, 1 – 2 p.m. ET
More and more postsecondary institutions are being tasked with not only providing academically rigorous programs, but also integrating career preparedness opportunities into their student’s education. Learn how both education and business are working together to provide students with the tools they need to succeed in the workplace.
Register

Ability to Benefit
Monday, November 9, 3 – 4 p.m. ET
Staff from the U.S. Department of Education will provide guidance on the partially restored Ability to Benefit provision of the Higher Education Act, which allows students who do not have a high school diploma but who are enrolled in a career pathway program to apply for financial aid.
Register

Innovative Teaching and Transportation Industry Partnerships
Thursday, November 12, 3:15-4:30 p.m. ET
This webinar features teachers, administrators and industry partners who will provide insights and examples of innovative programs and teaching models when delivering transportation related curricula for high school students.
Register

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

October is Connected Educator Month where educators and education stakeholders take part in professional development opportunities, and the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education is hosting a variety of engagement opportunities from twitter chats to panels.
Learn More

NASDCTEc RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

On Monday, October 26, NASDCTEc is launching the third round of Excellence in Action awards recognizing high quality and innovative programs of study in each Career Cluster. Learn more about 2014 and 2015 award winners.

Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Associate

This Week in CTE

June 26th, 2015

TWEET OF THE WEEK

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
Kaine’s CTE Push Wins a White House Nod
Earlier this week President Barack Obama expanded the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program to include up to 20 CTE students per year, a big win for Senator Tim Kaine who led the charge.
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RESOURCE OF THE WEEK
Reflect, Transform & Lead
Five-Year Progress Reports

This week, NASDCTEc released five progress reports looking back at five years of the CTE Vision. Learn what successes and achievements we’ve accomplished, and what work still needs to be done.
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INTERNATIONAL ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
The Government Confirms that it has Smashed its Target of Supporting 20,000 Higher Apprenticeship Starts
For the past two years, The United Kingdom has not only increased the number of people participating in apprenticeships, but also improved the quality of those apprenticeships. The government will support another three million apprenticeships by 2020.
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Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Associate 

STEMSuccess for Women: Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain More Women in STEM

April 6th, 2015

We are excited to invite you to an upcoming virtual conference,STEMSuccess for Womewomeninstemn: Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain More Women in STEM, where you’ll learn from leaders across the country who are engaging more women in the STEM fields.  One example: Professor Barbara DuFrain of Del Mar College who was able to increase female enrollment in her intro to computer programming classes by 62 percent, and improve overall retention by 45 percent.

Some of the other case studies you will hear over the course of the 12 sessions from April 13 – April 16 include…

  • How one department chairperson was able to increase female enrollment in her college’s STEM programs by 95 percent;
  • How a professor improved retention of female engineering students by 42 percent in one semester in only 12 teaching contact hours; and
  • How another professor increased the number of women who declared a computer science major from 11 percent to 46 percent by changing the introductory computer science course.

This free event is completely online, and you can participate via phone or computer. STEMSuccess for Women is hosted by Donna Milgram, Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science

Learn more about this National Science Foundation funded virtual event here.

Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Associate

This Week in CTE

February 6th, 2015

TWEET OF THE WEEK wordle-thumbnail
@OfficeofEdTech: @BarackObama’s budget incl. $200M to ensure Ts receive support & training to effectively use #edtech tools http://tech.ed.gov/eett/ #edchat
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ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
Getting Credit for What You Know
Increasingly occupational certifications in areas like IT, manufacturing, healthcare and energy are filling the skills gap, and helping students find well-paying jobs.
Read More

RESEARCH REPORT OF THE WEEK
Gallup Student Poll: Job Confidence Lower in Higher Grades
A new poll by Gallup finds students in elementary and middle school are more optimistic about job prospects than those in high school. Only about half of students grades 10 through 12 strongly agreed with the statement, “I know I will find a good job after I graduate,” compared to 68 percent of fifth graders that strongly agree.
Read More

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK
Delivering Career Technical Education Fact Sheet
We recently released a fact sheet, Delivering Career Technical Education, providing a quick overview of the variety of systems career technical education is delivered through, from comprehensive high schools to career academies.
Read More

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK
NASDCTEc and ACTE Release State Policies Impacting CTE: 2014 Year in Review
February 5 NASDCTEc and the Association for Career Technical Education released State Policies Impacting CTE: 2014 Year in Review, providing a state-by-state review of policy changes impacting CTE during 2014 across the country. To learn more read our blog post, press release and full report.

CTE MONTH
Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker, proclaimed February CTE Month!
Read More

Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Associate 

Celebrating CTE Month

February 3rd, 2015

Happy CTE Month! Throughout the month we will highlight CTE resources, examples of stellar progctemonththumbnailrams from around the country, major onsite and online events and more. To start of us off, below are a list of a few events.

CTE Month is kicking off tonight, Tuesday, February 3 from 5-8 p.m. as the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus in conjunction with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) host a cocktail reception featuring student demonstrations, titled: TODAY’S INNOVATION, TOMORROW’S CAREER SUCCESS. We’ll be live Tweeting the event @CTEWorks too! RSVP by contacting slynch@acteonline.org.

Can’t join us in person? You can find us on Twitter on February 12 at 1 p.m. as we chat with the College and Career Readiness and Success Center using the @CTEWorks and @CCRSCenter twitter handles.

Friday, February 20 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., ACTE will partner with Montgomery College of Maryland and Montgomery County School District to host a school visit at the college’s Rockville, Maryland, campus on Friday. This visit will give congressional staff and education stakeholders the opportunity to see an example of a successful postsecondary CTE program and hear from educators, students and business leaders about how these programs are preparing students for college and career success. To learn more, email koshinskie@acteonline.org.

We look forward to highlighting and celebrating CTE over the next few weeks. If you have anything you’d like to share that you’re doing in your community, email kfitzgerald@careertech.org.

Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Associate

 

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