Please Welcome Eric Spencer, New Mexico State Director

December 7th, 2012

NASDCTEc is pleased to welcome Mr. Eric Spencer, new State Director of New Mexico.

Mr. Spencer was named director of the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (PED) College and Career Readiness Bureau in October 2012. Prior to assuming his new role, he served the PED for 12 ½ years in multiple roles to include Staff Manger for Career-Technical and Workforce Education, and most recently as the Budget Director for the Administrative Services Division.

Mr. Spencer began his career in education as a business teacher where he worked in one of New Mexico’s smaller high schools and in one of the largest high schools. His district level experience includes teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels, working as an assistant to a principal at an elementary school, and as an assistant to a district superintendent. For the last 6 years, he has served as adjunct faculty member in the School of Business and Professional Studies at Luna Community College where he teaches accounting, finance and economics.

His bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration, and all the coursework required for his teaching and administrative licenses, were earned at New Mexico Highlands University. After completing these credentials he studied insurance and risk management at California State University – San Francisco. He continues to be a lifelong learner as he is currently studying architectural design and art at the Santa Fe Community College.

As a recipient of numerous educational awards, he has been recognized at the state and national levels for his many contributions to the education system. When asked for a goal he said “Nothing is more important to me than to ensure we provide the opportunity for all New Mexico students to engage in a meaningful and purposeful education to achieve their college and employment goals, and to support all those in the system that make it happen.”

Please extend a warm welcome to Eric Spencer, who can be reached at eric.spencer@state.nm.us.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Meet Mike Raponi, NASDCTEc Region IX Representative

October 25th, 2012

In order for our members to know the individuals who serve them at the national level, NASDCTEc presents a blog series called “Meet Your Board Members;” today we are featuring Mike Raponi, Region IX Representative, and State Director of Nevada. Region IX encompasses Arizona, California and Nevada.

Mike Raponi has worked in technical education for over twenty-seven years as a teacher and program administrator, including his current position as director for the Office of Career Technical Education (CTE) at the Nevada Department of Education. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial education from the University of Wisconsin–Stout and a master’s degree in adult education and from Oregon State University. Mike also holds a school administration endorsement.

At the Department of Education, Mike is responsible for staff supervision, grants administration, and program development for CTE and adult education. His primary focus for CTE has been the development of common state standards, common course names and sequences, end-of-program assessments, curriculum frameworks and programs of study for all of CTE. This work is to provide the infrastructure to support state-level priorities for economic and workforce development.

Mike’s background includes time spent in the grocery and construction industries, and service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras.
Mike Raponi
Mr. Raponi said his states’ work in developing a common set of standards for employability skills based on the twenty-one Workplace Readiness Standards established by the Commonwealth of Virginia, was recently adopted by the Nevada State Board of Education.

When asked for his goals as NASDCTEc Region IX representative, Mr. Raponi said he was excited to move forward on initiatives to help CTE nationwide, and to assist states in achieving goals of the new vision for CTE.

Mr. Raponi brings a rich history of CTE knowledge to the table and can be reached at mraponi@doe.nv.gov.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Wisconsin State Director Dan Clancy Retires

September 18th, 2012

Dan Clancy has retired as State Director, effective September 14, 2012. Clancy’s service follows a 16-year tenure at the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), including the past 8 years as system President. NASDCTEc thanks Clancy for his contributions toward WTCS initiatives that are helping to move Wisconsin forward including work on Wisconsin Career Pathways, and for his leadership as a State Director.

Serving as Interim State Director is Kathleen Cullen, Vice President of Teaching and Learning, also at the Wisconsin Technical College System. NASDCTEc welcomes Kathleen. She can be reached at kathleen.cullen@wtcsystem.edu.

More information:

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Meet June Sanford, NASDCTEc Region I Representative

August 30th, 2012

In order for our members to know the individuals who serve them at the national level, NASDCTEc presents a blog series called “Meet Your Board Members;” today we are featuring June Sanford, Region I Representative, and State Director of Connecticut. Region I encompasses Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

June Sanford joined the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) in 1999 as an education consultant for school-based School-to-Career and Cooperative Work Education programs. She serves as State Director of Career Technical Education (CTE) and Perkins Program Manager responsible for grant administration, performance accountability data, state-wide program monitoring, and implementation of the Connecticut Career Clusters/Pathway Initiative. June is a state representative for the five-state New England Secondary School Consortium, League of Innovative Schools Committee, dedicated to student success. In addition, June co-leads the CSDE initiative for the Student Success Plan legislated for all students grades 6-12 under the Connecticut Plan for Secondary School Reform.

On the national level, as Connecticut State Director of CTE since 2003, June is a former President of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and has recently rejoined the Association Board of Directors. During her tenure as President, a new Vision for Career Technical Education was established, “Reflect, Transform, Lead: A New Vision for Career Technical Education”, focused on the preparedness of students for college- and career-readiness.

Before joining the State Department of Education, June was a secondary education teacher for business, marketing, cooperative work education, and social studies, an advisor for DECA and the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and grant administrator. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Post University and a M.S. degree in Business Education from Central Connecticut State University. Prior to becoming a secondary education teacher, she was employed in Corporate Human Resources for Timex Corporation as a Compensation Analyst and Benefits Accountant…June has learned how to “take a licking and keep on ticking”.

When asked her goal as NASDCTEc Region I representative, Ms. Sanford said “To share the tremendous importance of Career Technical Education as preparation for all students to be successful in life and in the global economy.”

June brings a wealth of experience and insight into the Region I leadership role. We thank Ms. Sanford for sharing her personal insight and goal for our organization. She can be reached at june.sanford@ct.gov.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Meet Eleni Papadakis, NASDCTEc Region X Representative

August 27th, 2012

In order for our members to know the individuals who serve them at the national level, NASDCTEc presents a blog series called “Meet Your Board Members;” today we are featuring Eleni Papadakis, Region X Representative, and State Director of Washington. Region X encompasses Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Eleni Papadakis was appointed by Washington’s Governor Christine Gregoire in 2007 as the Executive Director of the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, more commonly known as the Workforce Board. Business, labor and government stakeholders are equally represented on this tri-partite board, which oversees 18 different state and federal funding streams in the state’s comprehensive workforce development system.

Eleni came to Washington with more than 25 years of experience in the workforce development arena–from service delivery through state and federal policy work. Eleni came to Washington from Commonwealth Corporation, a Massachusetts quasi-public corporation, where she established the Center for Workforce Innovation, a research and demonstration arm of the state’s workforce development system, and a national consulting organization on economic and workforce development strategies Leading up to that role, Eleni oversaw the development and implementation of numerous state-wide and regional initiatives, for special population groups and for targeted industry sectors, including biotechnology, fiber optics, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, telecommunications and software. She also helped facilitate Massachusetts’ transition to WIA and the development of a state plan to eradicate healthcare workforce shortages.

Eleni has also worked in business–including operating her own small business, a bistro-entertainment venue–and lead a multi-service community-based organization for 9 years. Eleni holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College and Bachelors in Psychology from Clark University, both in Worcester, Massachusetts.

When asked for her goals as a Board Member, Eleni said “My interests are in making certain that high quality Career Technical Education is accessible to all students, that we have clear and accessible pathways from secondary to post-secondary education, and that career success for all students is our ultimate mission.”

NASDCTEc appreciates Eleni’s willingness to serve as a Board member. She can be reached at EPapadakis@wtb.wa.gov.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Dr. Bob Couch Honored by South Carolina Association for Career and Technical Education

August 14th, 2012

Dr. Bob Couch, director of Career Technical Education for the Lexington-Richland Five school district, was recently awarded the Carl D. Perkins Outstanding Achievement Award by the South Carolina Association for Career and Technical Education. The award was presented in recognition of the outstanding and visionary leadership provided by Dr. Couch for more than 14 years as the Director of Career and Technical Education for the South Carolina Department of Education.

Dr. Couch’s efforts resulted in South Carolina being a leader in the implementation of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 and in innovation in career and technology education. Dr. Couch was a NASDCTEc member during his tenure as a former State Director for South Carolina.

According to the Lexington-Richland Five Web site, Superintendent Stephen Hefner said, “Dr. Couch is a valued member of the Lexington-Richland Five team and is truly deserving of this award. We are excited about the future of our Center for Advanced Technical Studies that will open this fall under his leadership.”

More about the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (the Center)

Scheduled to open this month, the Center is a new stand-alone Career Technical Education facility. Among the programs to be offered are: media technology, culinary arts, health science, graphic arts/communication, information technology, supply chain distribution, pre-engineering, auto technology, machine tool technology, electricity, building construction, HVAC and welding.

Lexington-Richland Five encompasses Lexington and Richland Counties in South Carolina.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

New NASDCTEc Officers Take Lead as CTE Adopts Common Standards, Prepare for Reauthorization

July 27th, 2012

NASDCTEc officers this month commenced their one-year term. The officers take the reins at a time when the Career Technical Education (CTE) community moves forward with implementing rigorous and common standards for CTE, advocating for fiscal support, building increased visibility, awareness and support and preparing for the reauthorization of the federal legislation that governs CTE.

“This is such an exciting time to be part of the Career Technical Education (CTE) community in this nation. Quality secondary and postsecondary CTE programs provide individuals with options and pathways to success in our global economy.  I am honored to serve members of this association that is committed to enhancing access and opportunities to quality CTE programs,” said Marie Barry, NASDCTEc President and State Director of the Office of Career and Technical Education at the New Jersey Department of Education.

NASDCTEc officers include:

  • President, Marie Barry, New Jersey Director of the Office of Career and Technical Education
  • Vice President, John Fischer, Vermont Deputy Commissioner, Vermont Department of Education
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Scott Stump, Colorado’s Associate Provost for Career & Technical Education.
  • Past President, Dr. Patrick Ainsworth, Ed. D., California Assistant Superintendent and Director; Secondary, Career, and Adult Learning Division; Department of Education.

In June, NASDCTEc unveiled the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC), a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for CTE that states can adopt voluntarily. Forty-two states, Washington, DC, and Palau declared support for the development of the CCTC, which were informed by state and industry standards and developed by a diverse group of teachers, business and industry experts, administrators and researchers.

NASDCTEc’s advocacy work will focus on preparing for the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and ensure that the legislation will support states in advancing high-quality CTE amid tough fiscal conditions, as well as continuing to build visibility and support for the CTE: Learning That Works for America campaign.

Learn more about the NASDCTEc officers by reading their biographies.

NASDCTEc Welcomes Dr. Philip Cleveland, New State Director for Alabama

April 20th, 2012

Dr. Philip C. Cleveland has been named the new Alabama Director of Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development for the Alabama Department of Education. This is a newly created position, which will include an expanded role to work with the Work Force and Economic Development Councils.

Dr. Cleveland’s past experiences include serving as a teacher, Career Technical Education Director, Principal, and interim community college President.

Dr. Cleveland is currently the Principal at J.B. Pennington High School. He returned this position in 2011 following his tenure as Vice President for Learning/Dean of Applied Technologies at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville where, he oversaw the process of earning accreditation for the technical programs, was instrumental in developing the Tech-Prep program statewide, and increased enrollment in Wallace State’s technical programs by 30 percent.

His career has included serving as the Blount County Career and Technical Education Director, and service at J.B. Pennington High School as an Agriscience Education Instructor, Assistant Principal, and finally as Principal.

Dr. Cleveland holds a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in Agriculture Business and Economics, a master’s degree from Auburn in Agriculture Education, an A.A. from Alabama A&M in Agribusiness Education, and an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Cleveland will begin this position on June 1, 2012. During this transition, Dr. Cleveland will spend time in Montgomery getting acclimated to his new role.

Please welcome Dr. Cleveland. His contact information is:

Dr. Philip C. Cleveland
State Director of Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development
Alabama State Department of Education
P.O. Box 302101
Montgomery, AL 36130-2101
His e-mail is pcleveland@alsde.edu.

NASDCTEc offers best wishes to retiring State Director Sherry Key, an active CTE advocate for many years.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Welcome New Florida State Director Rod Duckworth

March 29th, 2012

NASDCTEc welcomes Rod Duckworth, formerly of Arkansas, to his new role as Florida State Director.


Rod Duckworth joined the Florida Department of Education as the Chancellor for the Division of Career and Adult Education on March 12, 2012. He has extensive state and national experience in Career Technical Education (CTE) having most recently served as the Interim Deputy Director for Career and Technical Education in the Arkansas Department of Career Education.

Beginning his career as a classroom teacher and student organization advisor, he managed several national programs for the National FFA Organization in Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Duckworth served as the State Program Director for Agriculture Education in Washington State and was later appointed as State Director of Career Technical Education, a position he held until he returned to his home state of Arkansas in 2007 to serve in various roles in the Arkansas Department of Career Education.

When asked for a goal he seeks to acheive in his new role, Duckworth said “I plan on building on the great work that has already been started here in Florida.”

Please welcome Mr. Duckworth into his new role.

Rod Duckworth’s full contact information is:
Mr. Rod Duckworth, Chancellor, Division of Career and Adult Education
Florida Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 744
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
E-mail: rod.duckworth@fldoe.org

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Forty-One States and DC Declare Support for Development of Shared Set of CTE Standards

March 26th, 2012

NASDCTEc announced today that state leaders from across the nation are uniting to spearhead an initiative to develop a Common Career Technical Core (CCTC), a set of shared state standards for Career Technical Education (CTE).

NASDCTEc  is coordinating the state-led effort, which will complement and support comprehensive college and career ready standards, such as the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSI) in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The CCTC will build a common connection among states to help prepare CTE students for high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand jobs. Forty-one states; Washington, DC and Palau have signed a declaration of support for the CCTC initiative, pledging their involvement in the development stage.

A range of stakeholders from business and industry to educators will be involved in the multi-step process to develop the CCTC. The development of the standards will be led by working groups made up of state-nominated experts from a variety of sectors. Their involvement will help ensure that the CCTC reflects the timely education and workforce needs of today’s global economy.

The working groups convened for the first time this week. Later in the spring, NASDCTEc will seek public comment on the draft standards. Final standards are scheduled for public release in June 2012, at which point states will move individually to adopt and implement the CCTC.

Erin Uy, Communications & Marketing Manager

 

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