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

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

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

Tribute to Pioneer in Career Technical Education Dr. Byrl Shoemaker

March 22nd, 2012

Dr. Byrl Shoemaker passed away March 1, 2012 at the age of 93. Dr. Shoemaker was a major contributor to education, including the development of the system of Career Technical Education Programs in Ohio; the development of the two-year Post High School Technician Education Centers that have grown into the system of Community Colleges over Ohio state; and the development and implementation of a system of certifying automotive repair training programs that meet standards set by the automotive industry at the national level.

The Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education stated that “Dr. Shoemaker, along with Governor Jim Rhodes, was the architect of the CTE system that we have in Ohio. His vision and passion for CTE was unmatched. He was an avid supporter of CTE, attending functions and advocating for CTE every chance he could.”

Dr. Shoemaker was a former State Director, Division of Vocational and Adult Education, Ohio Department of Education, Columbus, OH from1962 until his retirement in 1982.

In an article from the Ohio Department of Education-Career Technical Education Web site that describes a presentation given to Dr. Shoemaker honoring his service to Career Technical Education, an excerpt states that “He worked closely with Governor James Rhodes in the movement to establish 49 joint vocational school districts throughout the state. As a result of his efforts, hundreds of thousands of youth and adults have had the opportunity to prepare for a life of productive employment and financial independence. In addition to his work to establish joint vocational school districts throughout the state, he was instrumental in the adoption of vocational school operating standards, which assured access to a comprehensive program of vocational education for 11th- and 12th grade students. Ohio was the first state in the nation to adopt such vocational education standards.”

NASDCTEc recognizes the achievements of this remarkable individual who dedicated his career to promote Career Technical Education across the nation.

Dr. Shoemaker Obituary

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Colorado Welcomes Scott Stump Back as State Director

March 15th, 2012

Our staff caught up with Scott Stump, who has now returned to his role as State Director – Colorado.

Greetings from Colorado! I am pleased to announce that as of March 12th I have returned to the role of Dean of Career & Technical Education. Serving as the Interim President of Northeastern Junior College over the past nine months was a tremendous learning experience. From negotiating concurrent enrollment agreements to nursing accreditation, the experiences will prove beneficial as our office continues to shape the future of CTE in Colorado.

I also want to express my sincere appreciation to Cindy LeCoq, Program Director for Health, Public Safety and ACE for her excellent work filling in as the Interim Dean.

As our Association blogs to keep members and others in the Career Technical Education (CTE) Community up to date on CTE happenings, Colorado also has a Web site devoted to blogging on CTE. Check it Out

Welcome back, Scott! Scott can be reached at

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

NASDCTEc Welcomes Arizona State Director Mark Hamilton

March 1st, 2012

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Mark Hamilton, Deputy Associate Superintendent, Career & Technical Education, Arizona Department of Education, to the State Director group.

Mark Hamilton is a 25 year veteran in Career Technical Education (CTE). He has served as both a classroom secondary and post-secondary faculty member, a CTSO advisor, a local district CTE administrator, a State Program Specialist, a State CTSO Director and now serves as the Arizona Department of Education, Deputy Associate Superintendent for Career and Technical Education. Mr. Hamilton also has at least 12 years’ experience in industry, during some of which he served as a local, state or national CTSO competitive event judge. Mark has served in professional organization leadership roles at the local, state and national levels for many years.

Hamilton has been recognized many times in Arizona; select awards include:

• The Arizona Association for Career and Technical Education’s 2010 Outstanding Post-Secondary Educator of the Year Award;
• The Arizona Agriculture Teachers’ Association‘s 2010 CTE Administrator of the Year Award;
• The Distinguished Service Award to an Administrator, 2002 from the Arizona Business Education Association;
• Arizona FFA Association’s FFA Administrator of the Year, 2001;
• Arizona FACS Ed’s Administrator of the Year, 2000;
• National Association of Trade and Industrial Education’s Ethel M. Smith Award, 1999;
• 1997 Vocational Administrator of the Year from the Arizona Vocational Education Association; and
• Arizona Policy Fellow, 1988 from the Arizona Vocational Education Association.

Hamilton had the opportunity to grow local CTE programs in a fast growing local district expanding from one to five comprehensive high schools and two to six junior high schools between 1994 and 2011. Notable CTE program components remain vital parts of those schools. Partnerships with local community colleges were built and programs of study including dual enrollment opportunities are offered to secondary students. Active CTSO programs are available among all of the programs at the high schools and opportunities are provided for the junior high school students. CTE Programs include a diversity of programs to meet student interests from Agriculture Education, Business and Marketing, Culinary Arts, Design and Merchandising, Engineering Sciences, Bio-Medical Sciences, Early Childhood and Teacher Preparation Programs, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapy, to Manufacturing, Cabinetmaking, Computer Repair, Graphic Arts, Theater Technology, Computer Programming, TV Production and Game Design, for examples.

Funding structures were developed to continue to support the local CTE programs and supplement the CTE opportunities for students. School based enterprises, work- based learning programs, industry partnerships and contextual learning engaged students where they used the CTE environment to learn both the technical and embedded academic skills to meet industry standards through their CTE program content. Active district advisory committees are essential to sustaining each of the twenty five various CTE programs offered within and across the district, out of the 71 programs and options offered statewide.

Mark remains passionate about workforce preparation, from its initiation to the resulting economic development in Arizona and each of the communities across the state.

When asked what he wishes to achieve in his role, Hamilton said he wants to “Create a service based state CTE educational leadership environment that will open opportunities for our students of every age to be as productive as they can become, to improve our GDP and our communities.”

Please wish Mark Hamilton a warm welcome. He can be reached at

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

NASDCTEc Welcomes Melissa Rekeweg, New Indiana State Director

February 3rd, 2012

Please welcome Melissa Rekeweg, the new State Director of Career Technical Education (CTE) and Assistant Director of College & Career Readiness at the Indiana Department of Education.

Ms. Rekeweg graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education. She taught in Morgan County where she was recognized as an outstanding teacher in the local school system and awarded as a Local Program of Success. She left the classroom to serve as the Indiana FFA Executive Director, at the Indiana Department of Education from 1998-2000.

To spend more time with her family she made a career shift and entered the banking industry. Ms. Rekeweg was involved in many roles while in banking for eight years, six of those years in the role of Vice President of Operations & Compliance. While in that role she handled all contracts, federal & state compliance and the bank’s data system.

Background as Perkins Specialist
In 2011 Melissa’s family moved back to Indianapolis where she rejoined the Indiana Department of Education as the Perkins Specialist. The combination of her CTE background and finance training, have served as an asset to the state’s CTE work.

In addition to Melissa’s professional experience she has served on numerous boards & served as the President, Vice President & Campaign Director for the United Way of Wabash County. She was awarded the Indiana Honorary State FFA Degree in 2009.

NASDCTEc wishes a warm welcome to Melissa Rekeweg. She can be reached at

Indiana’s CTE Mission: Our mission is to ensure that the academic achievement and career preparation of all Indiana students will be the best in the United States and on par with the most competitive countries in the world.

Indiana College & Career Pathways Web site

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Introducing Dr. Danielle Mezera, New State Director for Tennessee

January 11th, 2012

We would like to introduce a new State Director for Tennessee, Dr. Danielle Mezera. In January 2012, Danielle assumed the position of Assistant Commissioner for Career and Technical Education for the Tennessee Department of Education. As Assistant Commissioner, she serves as the state director for CTE and directs the vision and curriculum of CTE throughout the state’s numerous school districts.
Prior to assuming this role, Danielle served as director of the Nashville & Davidson County Government’s Mayor’s Office of Children & Youth. In that role, she served as Mayor Dean’s chief education policy advisor and oversaw related matters pertaining to the health and well-being of Davidson County’s children (0-21 years of age).

Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Danielle served as Coordinator for Children & Youth Services for Metro Nashville’s Social Services. Before entering public service, Danielle was Director of the Vanderbilt University Community Outreach Partnership Center at the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies.

In addition to her professional work, Danielle has served as an adjunct professor with Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, as well as a guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University. She has also presented nationally on education reform. Locally, Danielle serves on various boards related to education and community enhancement.

Danielle holds a B.A. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in higher education administration, and a Ph.D. in education and human development.

NASDCTEc wishes to offer a warm welcome to Dr. Mezera, who can be reached at

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Please Welcome New Interim State Director for Georgia David Turner

December 23rd, 2011

NASDCTEc is pleased to welcome David Turner, currently the Interim State Director for Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education at the Georgia Department of Education.

David has lived in Georgia his entire life and currently resides in Commerce, Georgia with his wife Jill and their daughter, Brooke. He graduated from the University of Georgia where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education. He has also completed a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

Rich Agricultural Background

As Turner shared his background information, we found that he taught agriculture in Carroll County, Georgia for eight years. He was selected as the system’s Teacher of the Year in 2000, and was a semi-finalist for the Georgia Teacher of the Year that same year. David also taught agriculture in Towns County, Georgia for three years where he was also selected as the Teacher of the Year in 2008.

From 2008 until this past July, Turner served as the State Curriculum Coordinator for Agricultural Education, and he was also responsible for the annual Agricultural Education budget from 2002 through 2011. Turner served as the Executive Secretary and Treasurer for the Georgia Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association for five years (1995-2000) and as President for 2001-2002.
In addition to his teaching experiences, Turner served as an extension agent for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service for three years, and served his community as a County Commissioner in Carroll County, Georgia from 1996-2000. He also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Solid Waste Management Authority. Additionally he has served on the Red Cross Board of Directors, the Lion’s Club and the Rotary Club.

NASDCTEC wants to extend a warm welcome to Mr. Turner. He can be reached at

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager