National Association of State Directors of Career
Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)

State of the Union

February 12th, 2013
State of the Union

This evening, President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech which included many promising aspects for the Career Technical Education (CTE) community. The President spoke of the importance of ensuring that a high school diploma puts America’s young people on a path to a good job and spoke glowingly of the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in New York which does just that. P-TECH works in partnership with New York Public Schools, the City University of New York and IBM to ensure their students graduate with both a high school diploma and an associates degree in computing or engineering. The President also spoke of equipping high school graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy by rewarding schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers and create classes that focus on the skills employers are looking for to fill jobs now and in the future.

And in a night which saw bipartisan support for the benefits of CTE, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) also focused on issues important to NASDCTEc. In his role speaking for the Republicans to respond to President Obama, Senator Rubio spoke of incentivizing school districts to offer more vocational and career training and building an education system that gives people the skills today’s jobs entail and the knowledge that tomorrow’s world will require.

With each party focusing on the importance of CTE and the role it will play in our future, there are positive signs that this renewed focus will result in a welcome prioritization for CTE issues, which can only be a good thing with reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career Technical Education Act not far away.  We are hopeful that the priorities laid out in the State of the Union will be reflected in the President’s budget proposal, due out next month, as well as Congressional support for Perkins reauthorization. NASDCTEc will be carefully monitoring the flurry of Congressional and Administration proposals likely to come from tonight’s speeches.











David Beckett, Advocacy Manager

CTE Month: National CTE Leaders Celebrate CTE Month

February 4th, 2013

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), and Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) and career and technical education (CTE) professionals across the country will celebrate CTE Month™ in February, raising the public’s awareness of the value of CTE programs for students, schools, communities, business and industry and the economic well-being of our nation. CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the United States.

During the month of February, CTE programs and CTSOs across the country host a variety of events showcasing their programs and students’ successes to their community, policymakers and business leaders. This year’s theme is “Career and Technical Education Works!” to emphasize that CTE works for students, business and industry and the economy. CTE programs can be found at the secondary and postsecondary levels and prepares students to be college-and career-ready by providing core academic skills, employability skills and technical, job-specific skills. High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates. The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 90.18 percent, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 74.9 percent.

As the American economy recovers, the role of CTE is critically important. The skilled trades are the hardest jobs to fill in the United States, with recent data citing 550,000 jobs open in the trade, transportation and utilities sector and 246,000 jobs open in manufacturing. Additionally, middle-skill jobs, or jobs that require education and training beyond high school but less than a bachelor degree, are a significant part of the economy. Of the 46.8 million job openings created by 2013, 30 percent will require some college or a two-year associate degree.

As part of the CTE Month activities, ACTE is hosting a Social Media Advocacy Week, February 11-15. CTE professionals and students from across the country will bring their stories and voices to social media platforms to illustrate the positive impacts of CTE programs.

ACTE provides free promotional resources for CTE professionals wishing to participate in CTE Month, including student-made PSA videos, promotional posters that can be downloaded, a calendar of nationwide activities during the month and more. For more information on CTE Month and the activities ACTE, NASDCTEc and the CTSOs are hosting, please visit

For more information about CTSO’s, NASDCTEc and ACTE, please visit:

Business Professionals of America:
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Family, Career and Community Leaders of America:
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda:
Future Educators Association:
Health Occupations Students of America:
The National FFA:
Technology Student Association:
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Association for Career and Technical Education:

NDD Summit Town Hall Meeting

February 1st, 2013

Earlier this week the nondefense discretionary (NDD) Summit, the body that organizes opposition to spending cuts in education and social programs, held a Town Hall meeting in order to discuss the current issues looming regarding sequestration. Sequestration is a crucial issue for the Career Technical Education (CTE) community, as it would result in a significant reduction in spending on CTE programs.  Among the speakers were Sharon Parrott and Ellen Nissenbaum from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities who stated that 72% of the cuts already made had fallen on program spending reductions, with only 28% coming from increased revenue through taxation. They also shared concerns over the possibility that any future deal made in Congress to avoid sequestration could shift even greater cuts onto social programs, rather than the status quo where cuts have been shared fairly evenly between NDD spending and defense spending.

Later in the Town Hall, speakers also discussed potential action and advocacy to ensure no more cuts to social programs were carried out, including the creation of a Twitter hashtag #NDDUnited, a day of action in February and a letter of objection to the cuts which can be found here. The event was rounded off with a summary of important dates, including the President’s budget being revealed in March and the House and Senate budgets being due for completion by April 15th.

David Beckett

Advocacy Manager

Announcing the 2013 NASDCTEc Spring Meeting

January 31st, 2013

NASDCTEc is pleased to invite you to participate in our annual Spring Meeting, a must-attend professional development experience in the nation’s capital!

The Spring Meeting will be held from 9 a.m. on Monday, April 15 through 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17. In keeping with our collaboration with the Office of Vocational and Adult Education of the U.S. Department of Education (OVAE), we are coordinating on program content and are excited that OVAE will be hosting the meeting at the U.S. Department of Education on April 17 to continue critical presentations and discussions. All meeting functions will take place at the Omni Shoreham on April 15 and 16.

Hotel rooms should be reserved at the Omni Shoreham Hotel for all meeting days. On April 17, NASDCTEc will provide breakfast at the Omni, then attendees will be responsible for their own transportation to the U.S. Department of Education. More details will be provided to confirmed meeting attendees.

We have crafted a program that will bring together leading policymakers, Congressional representatives, and researchers to share with you, hear from you and for all of us to learn together. There will be a blend of plenary sessions and breakouts sessions and opportunities for informal learning and networking.

We have invited speakers to address the following topics. As speakers are confirmed, we’ll be regularly updating the agenda online.

  • The Future of Federal Funding (sequestration, appropriations and budget)
  • Is Congress talking about CTE? A panel of Congressional Staff will discuss Congressional proposals impacting CTE
  • Will Perkins’ reauthorization happen this year? A panel Congressional staff and association leaders will forecast and discuss issues related to Perkins reauthorization
  • Career Pathways: Updates on the numerous federal projects have emerged supporting career pathways development in states
  • Measuring Success: Learning about the emerging Workforce Data Quality Campaign and efforts to align education and workforce data systems
  • National College and Career Readiness Center and Great Teachers and Leaders Center Update
  • Innovations in CTE curriculum
  • Leading the Way: State Policies Promoting CTE
  • Reauthorization Perspectives: Views of Leading Policy Organizations
  • Career Readiness
  • Updates on the CCTC Gap Analysis, the SCED and Crosswalks Projects
  • Updates on FAUPL negotiations
  • The National Center on Innovation in CTE

For more information about registration, hotel reservations and more CLICK HERE.
We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC!

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Legislative Update: President Obama’s Inauguration; House Votes To Suspend Debt Limit

January 25th, 2013

President Obama’s Inauguration
This week saw the 57th Presidential inauguration and the second inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. As mandated by the 20th Amendment, President Obama was sworn in to begin his new term at noon on the 20th, but as that fell on a Sunday a public ceremony was also held on Monday. The inaugural theme was “Faith in America’s Future”, however two objects from the past also played a prominent role as Obama recited the oath of office while he placed his hand on bibles owned by Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln.

The inaugural speech itself referenced the importance of math and science; building roads, networks and research labs; the creation of sustainable energy sources; and the school reform movement. These issues are very closely linked with Career Technical Education (CTE), so the next four years look like being significant and exciting times in the CTE sphere.

House Votes to Suspend Debt Limit
Earlier this week, the House voted to suspend the nation’s debt limit thereby allowing the Treasury Department to ignore the $16.4 trillion cap on government borrowing. The measure would allow additional debt to be incurred in order to allow government to keep on functioning and making payments until May 18th, at which point the debt limit would reset at a higher level.

The House measure requires the Senate to pass a budget by April 15th or have their pay withheld and kept in escrow until the current Congressional term ends in 2015. Still on the horizon are the sequestration cuts, scheduled to come into effect on March 1st unless a deal can be reached between the two parties.

David Beckett, Advocacy Manager

NOCTI Assessments Receive Recommendations from the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS)

October 11th, 2012

This blog, in coordination with the NASDCTEc Fall Meeting, is provided by one of our sponsors. Our guest blog organization being highlighted today is NOCTI.

NOCTI is pleased to be a Gold Sponsor for the 2012 fall NASDCTEc meeting. We appreciate NASDCTEc’s leadership provided to the CTE Community and appreciate their relationship with our organization. NOCTI is proud to have been a part of the CTE community for over 45 years. We take our role in CTE seriously and feel privileged to serve as another voice in CTE by telling the stories of CTE success from the data the NASDCTEc member states supply us. NOCTI has continued to build on its solid foundation through new products, services, and collaborations.

Recently twenty NOCTI assessments received recommendations from the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) encompassing 1500 colleges across the United States. This means that students scoring at the NCCRS cut score on approved NOCTI tests are eligible for up to six college credits. We have also continued to beta test numerous technological advancements, including mobile devices, tablets, testing algorithms, classroom response systems, state data reporting, and instructional improvement systems.

Please stop by our table to say hello, to learn about our new products, or to share your success story! You may also send us an e-mail if you are interested in learning more about any of the products or services we offer.

Amie (Birdsall) Bloomfield
Customer Care and Outreach Division Manager
NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions
1-800-334-6283 x213
[email protected]

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Cisco Networking Academy and Cisco NetSpace Support Students

October 11th, 2012

This blog, in coordination with the NASDCTEc Fall Meeting, is provided by one of our sponsors. Our guest blog organization being highlighted today is Cisco Networking Academy.

For 15 years, the Cisco Networking Academy has been partnering with education institutions and governments to equip students for the ICT workforce with an innovative education program that is comprehensive and free to nonprofit institutions. Using technology, hands on activities, simulations and gaming students build 21st century skills, both soft and technical. The program provides a community of support for instructors that includes on-line resources, best practice sharing and professional development. Courses are taught in high schools, community colleges and universities around the world to prepare students for higher education, careers and industry recognized certifications. The program also aligns to U.S. education standards, helping institutions meet STEM, Common Core and grant requirements.

Networking Academy recently announced the new learning platform, Cisco NetSpace™ to better support of instructors and students. This interactive learning environment combines best-of-breed SaaS applications for teaching, learning, and collaboration, all driven by community needs and the latest educational models, trends, and best practices. You can learn more about how Cisco is using innovative technology to support education with the overview in your attendee bag at the event.

To learn more please visit our Web site or e-mail us at [email protected]

Together, we can change the way we learn!

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

DQC Webinar: Update from the US Department of Education on Privacy, Security, and Confidentiality

September 27th, 2012

The Data Quality Campaign is hosting a webinar on October 19th that will feature U.S. Department of Education officials talking about new privacy resources, and their perspective on trends and challenges in privacy, security, and confidentiality. Join Chief Privacy Officer Kathleen Styles, Statistical Privacy Advisory Michael Hawes, and new Family Policy Compliance Office Director Dale King for this informative webinar!

Date: October 19, 2012

Time: 2 p.m – 3 p.m ET

Register now and submit questions to be answered during the webinar.


Nancy Conneely, Director of Public Policy


Register NOW for 2012 NASDCTEc Fall Meeting – Online Registration Closes October 1

September 27th, 2012

Don’t forget to register now for the 2012 Fall meeting before the online registration window closes October 1st.

The Fall Meeting is October 11-13, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Omaha – Downtown/Old Market, Omaha, NE.

You can look forward to:

  • An exciting, value-laden professional development opportunity for attendees – a full day of Gallup training offering rich content
  • Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) will provide remarks/updates during the October 11 dinner event
  • A variety of topical breakout sessions featuring Career Technical Education and Common Core
  • Working sessions on the Common Career Technical Core, and Perkins Reauthorization
  • Unveiling of the book The Career Pathways Effect: Linking Education and Economic Prosperity, a joint publication by CORD and NASDCTEc
  • An OVAE update that provides the latest information available for you to take back to your states

For more information on the Fall Meeting, check out our Web site
Questions? Please call 301-588-9630 – we are looking forward to seeing you in Omaha, Nebraska!

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

NASDCTEc Webinar: CTE Trend Analysis: Career Clusters/Programs of Study, CTE Teacher Shortages

September 21st, 2012

Every other year, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) conducts a survey of the membership to gauge trends in Career Technical Education (CTE) across the country. Based on analyses of this year’s survey results from 50 states and territories, and comparisons to surveys administered in 2008 and 2010, NASDCTEc has authored a series of synopsis papers that describe trends in four key areas: Career Clusters and Programs of Study; CTE Teacher/Faculty Shortages and Recruitment Initiatives; Governance; and CTE Funding.

This month’s webinar will focus on the first two synopsis papers: Career Clusters and Programs of Study and CTE Teacher/Faculty Shortages and Recruitment Initiatives.

Kara Herbertson, NASDCTEc’s Education Policy Analyst, will give an overview of trends in these areas. Collie Wells from the Alabama Department of Education will discuss Alabama’s Business and Industry Certification, awarded from the International Organization for Standardization (IOS), and how the certification ensures high quality CTE programs. Also, a representative from New Jersey will discuss an alternate route for certifying CTE teachers.

Join us for this informative webinar on Thursday, October 4th at 3:00 pm ET. Register now!

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst