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

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 

REGISTER NOW for the 2012 NASDCTEc Fall Meeting

September 12th, 2012

Don’t miss this exciting professional development opportunity for State Directors, Career Technical Education (CTE) Leaders, and individuals who contribute to the CTE community at the national, state, and local levels. This meeting is different from any you’ve experienced. We are dedicating an entire day to professional development, focusing on the multiple roles you face as change agent, coalition builder, leader, advocate – and equipping you with the tools you need to be an effective leader in a constantly changing environment.

  • We have a full day of professional development planned with Gallup, a day you do not want to miss!
  • Registration rates are at their best right now through September 14. After September 14, rates will increase. Register now
  • Special Room reservation notice: Our group rates at the Embassy Suites – Omaha run through September 16. After that date, you will no longer be able to secure the group rate. Reserve your room now

We’re looking forward to seeing you this fall in the heartland of America – Omaha, Nebraska. Here is general information as you make your plans.

  • When: October 11-13, 2012
  • Where: Embassy Suites Omaha – Downtown/Old Market, 555 South 10th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102 1-402-346-9000
  • Check-in: 3 p.m. Check-out: NOON
  • Parking: Self-parking is $10.00 daily; valet parking is $16.00 daily
  • Reservations: We have secured a special group rate of $91 plus any applicable taxes for suite rooms. This rate is effective through September 16, 2012. After that date, all rooms available are subject to the prevailing regular hotel rates and we will no longer be able to get the group rate – reserve your room before this deadline RESERVE YOUR ROOM NOW
  • Registration Rates now through September 14, 2012 are NASDCTEc Member – $425; Non-Member – $600. On or after September 15, 2012 the registration rates are NASDCTEc Member – $525; Non-Member – $700 REGISTER NOW
  • Transportation Distance from airport: The hotel is within 4 miles of Eppley Airfield – only 5 minutes away
  • Shuttle Service: The hotel has a complimentary airport shuttle to/from the airport. Guests may call the hotel directly at 402-346-9000 for pickup service as they land. The hotel’svan will meet guests across the street outside of door #4. As guests depart the hotel, the hotel runs the shuttle service every ½ hour. Guests may coordinate travel schedule needs with the bell desk, valet or Front Desk agent. The hotel’s shuttle is also available complimentary within a 3 mile radius of the hotel.
  • Attire: Business casual. October weather in Omaha can range from the mid-40s to the mid-60s; you will want to pack a light jacket or sweater.

Quick Links

Questions?Please call 301-588-9630 and we will be happy to help! We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2012 NASDCTEc Fall Meeting!

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Representatives to Host CTE Congressional Caucus Event, Highlight Harvard Report

July 20th, 2012

Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Glenn Thompson (R-PA), co-chairs of the Congressional Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus will present a briefing on the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Pathways to Prosperity Project on Tuesday, July 24. 

Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century, is a report that has resonated across the country, and the authors have now spoken in more than 30 states.  The report addresses the challenges associated with preparing young Americans for successful careers and closing the “skills gap.” William Symonds, the report’s primary author and director of the Pathways to Prosperity Project, will lead the discussion.


  • William Symonds, Director, Pathways to Prosperity Project
  • Kimberly Green, Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)
  • Jeff Mays, President, Illinois Business Roundtable
  • Jason Tyszko, Deputy Chief of Staff, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Eric Regelin, Director, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and Chairman, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)                                   

When: 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Gold Room (2168)

Learn more:

Erin Uy, Communications & Marketing Manager

29th Annual Entrepreneurship Education FORUM

September 2nd, 2011

Plan now to attend the leading Entrepreneurship Education networking conference in the USA. The National FORUM is to be held November 4-7, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The conference will be held at the Hilton Netherland Plaza, a beautiful and historic hotel in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. This is a time for learning how to start, operate, and enhance entrepreneurial preparation programs for students from elementary, middle, high schools and colleges as well as community based educators. Educators from through-out the life-long learning spectrum attend to learn and share ideas. One of the highlights is the entrepreneurs who will share their living case studies so that educators can learn how to direct those with whom they work toward successful entrepreneurial ventures.

Scholarships are available for teachers which include conference registration, and two nights stay in the conference hotel. All that is left for the educator to fund is the travel expense and perhaps a substitute teacher for a day. The deadline for scholarship applications is September 23, 2011.

Great featured speakers, teacher directed learning sessions, as well as interactive round table sessions allow for enjoyable learning and networking. Check out the information regarding the National FORUM at and click on FORUM on the left rail. Get prepared now to attend the National Forum this November!

Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director

Announcing the NASDCTEc Fall Meeting

July 20th, 2011

Announcing NASDCTEc’s Fall 2011 Meeting
NASDCTEc is pleased to invite you to participate in our annual Fall Meeting, a must-attend professional development experience.

When: Monday, October 24 – Wednesday, October 26, 2011. We will kick off with an opening dinner and meeting Monday at 6 p.m., and end with a closing session wrap up at Noon on Wednesday.
Where: Westin Baltimore Washington Airport (BWI), 1110 Old Elkridge Landing Road, Linthicum, MD 21090
What: This meeting will expose you to new ideas, provide time to work with your colleagues in small groups to develop ways to develop solutions, strategies and the start of policy priorities for future legislation, and allow for valuable interaction with the leadership and staff of your national association.
We look forward to seeing you in the Baltimore/Washington, DC area soon!

MORE INFORMATION about registration, reservations, sessions and much more!

Vermont to Host National Association for Workforce Improvement STEM Conference May 24 & 25

April 18th, 2011

Vermont to Host National Association for Workforce Improvement STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Conference May 24 & 25, Burlington Hilton

On May 24 and 25, Vermont will host an annual conference of the National Association for Workforce Improvement (NAWI) at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington, VT.  NAWI is a professional organization of high school and community college career and technical education administrators, faculty, business and government from across the United States and as far away as Hawaii, California and Florida.  Between 100-150 professionals are expected to attend some or all of the two day conference.  The event is co-sponsored by the Vermont Department of Education.

The conference will focus on the future of STEM education.  The afternoon of May 24 participants will discuss what STEM education should look like in 5 years.  There are more than 18 one hour workshops, keynote speakers from Washington DC and elsewhere, several interactive sessions the afternoon of May 24 followed by a reception for educators, government and businesses.

To see the program listing and register, go to

This information was submitted by Douglas Webster, Career and Technical Education Coordinator, Vermont Department of Education. Douglas can be reached at 802-578-7738 or
[email protected].

Upcoming Regional Summits Focus on Increasing Community College Grad Rate

February 8th, 2011

Beginning this month, selected participants from community colleges, philanthropic organizations, state and local government, and businesses will come together to address one goal: identifying best institutional practices to increase America’s college graduation rate.

The Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) is sponsoring four one-day regional community college summits in an effort to continue strategic conversations started at the first White House Summit on Community Colleges in October. Attendees will discuss the role of community colleges in meeting President Obama’s goal for America – to have the highest proportion of college graduates worldwide by 2020.

Each regional summit will focus on one of the following areas: Serving military personnel, their families and veterans; Supporting the transition of low-skilled adults into community college; Rethinking developmental education, or Creating sustainable business partnerships. Additionally, attendees will take part in panel discussions and breakout sessions on relevant topics (e.g., “Secondary to Postsecondary and Two-to-Four-Year Transfer” or “Industry Partnerships”), and hear remarks from the State’s Governor, the City’s Mayor, and the President of the hosting community college. The regional summits will take place as follows:

February 28: Community College of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)

March 9: Lone Star Community College District (Houston, TX)

March 23: Ivy Tech Community College (Indianapolis, IN)

April 15: San Diego Community College District (San Diego, CA)

Week of April 25: Community College Virtual Symposium

For more information, or if you would like to be considered for attendance at one of the regional summits, please see OVAE’s Community College Regional Summits document.

NASDCTEc Fall Meeting: OVAE Holds Perkins Listening Session

November 5th, 2010

The concluding session at last week’s Fall Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland was a listening session on Perkins reauthorization, moderated by Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, Brenda Dann-Messier, and Sharon Miller, the director of the Division of Academic and Technical Education. Assistant Secretary Dann-Messier told the attendees that this listening session was going to be the start of a national conversation about Perkins reauthorization. She and her staff plan to host a series of listening sessions that will conclude at NASDCTEc’s Spring meeting in April 2011. She also said OVAE is soliciting feedback and comments from the public about Perkins reauthorization at [email protected].

The session was structured around four topic areas: Programs of Study, secondary to postsecondary transitions, performance measures, and whether there should be more specific or common measures and definitions, including regulations.

Programs of Study

  • States questioned how the OVAE 10 component framework would affect the work states have already done in developing and implementing POS
  • It is appropriate for the federal legislation to encourage transition between learner levels
  • Many states felt they have been successful in implementing POS, but there have been some obstacles:

o   Need to better engage postsecondary, but Perkins does not mandate secondary and postsecondary collaboration

o   Need a clear definition of POS

o   Not all community colleges offer all POS, so it can be limiting for students

o   It is also limiting for students that many four-year colleges do not accept credit from two-year institutions

Secondary to Postsecondary Transitions

  • There was agreement from many states that articulation agreements help students transition from secondary to postsecondary, but there remain problems that states must overcome:

o   Two-year schools are struggling to get four-year schools to accept credit

o   Not all states have statewide articulation agreements

o   As more and mores students flood into community colleges, there is less of a priority in serving high school students through articulation agreements and dual enrollment

  • There was some concern about the ability of federal legislation to mandate secondary to postsecondary transitions in some states because of their governance structures, especially if the State Director only has authority over one system (secondary or postsecondary)
  • Guidance and counseling would help with transitions

Performance Measures

  • There was some concern from states about several of the current performance measures:

o   Academic attainment at secondary level – because students are often tested before 11th grade (when most students begin CTE), it is tough to the impact of CTE on academic attainment

o   Certificate completion at postsecondary level – the results go to the students, and it is hard for states to track this information

o   Technical skill attainment at secondary level – this is tough to measure, and is not always appropriate at the secondary level

o   Placement at the secondary level – tough to track because of FERPA restrictions on collecting data

Common measures/definitions and regulations

  • While a handful of states said they would want to head in this direction, it seems unlikely to happen because it would be too tough to accomplish
  • Other states argued that the drive to make states too similar is the wrong direction to go in