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Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)

Register Now for Upcoming NASDCTEc Webinar on AP® and Career Clusters®

July 3rd, 2013

Sign up now for Advanced Placement® Across the Career Clusters®

Traditionally, Advanced Placement® (AP®) courses have not been recommended for students in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. To bust this myth, NASDCTEc and the College Board worked together to draft a document – Career and Technical Education and Advanced Placement® – that shows how AP® courses are relevant to a student’s program of study. Print

Join us for a webinar that will feature that work, explore how AP® courses and exams are being embedded in students’ programs of study at the local level, and engage participants around additional strategies for including AP courses and other rigorous courses within CTE pathways.

When: July 25th at 3 p.m. ET

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Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Reminder to Register for Upcoming NASDCTEc Webinar on Career Academies: An Investment in Students, the Workforce and the Economy

May 3rd, 2013

You can still register for the webinar on Career Academies: An Investment in Students, the Workforce and the Economy.

Career academies are a proven way of delivering high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE). Through small learning communities, college-preparatory curriculum, and strong partnerships with local employers, career academies offer work-based learning opportunities and rigorous pathways to postsecondary education and careers. Research strongly supports the efficacy of career academies in increasing the academic success, attendance levels and future earning potential of participating students.

Join us for a webinar that features state and local leaders who will discuss why career academies are a successful delivery mechanism for CTE, and what they are doing in this exciting field.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, May 9th at 3 p.m. ET. Speakers include:

Rod Duckworth, Chancellor, Division of Career and Adult Education, Florida Department of Education

Sabrina Arney, Teacher, Aspirations in Medical Sciences Academy, Long Beach, California

David Beckett, Advocacy Manager, NASDCTEc

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Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Register Now for NASDCTEc Webinar on Career Academies: An Investment in Students, the Workforce and the Economy

April 30th, 2013

Career Academies: An Investment in Students, the Workforce and the Economy

Career academies are a proven way of delivering high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE). Through small learning communities, college-preparatory curriculum, and strong partnerships with local employers, career academies offer work-based learning opportunities and rigorous pathways to postsecondary education and careers. Research strongly supports the efficacy of career academies in increasing the academic success, attendance levels and future earning potential of participating students.

Join us for a webinar that features state and local leaders who will discuss why career academies are a successful delivery mechanism for CTE, and what they are doing in this exciting field.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, May 9th at 3 p.m. ET. Speakers include:

Rod Duckworth, Chancellor, Division of Career and Adult Education, Florida Department of Education.
Sabrina Arney, Teacher, Aspirations in Medical Sciences Academy, Long Beach, California.

David Beckett, Advocacy Manager, NASDCTEc

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Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

NASDCTEc Webinar on Area CTE Centers – Today at 3:00 pm ET

April 25th, 2013

Area CTE Centers operate in a variety of ways – from shared-time centers offering primarily technical training to full-time centers that provide students with both academic instruction and technical training – but all provide opportunities for students to receive relevant, rigorous CTE. And at a time when employers say that they are unable to find workers who have the right skills to fill job vacancies, area CTE centers provide a crucial link between the knowledge and skills that students learn and those demanded by local businesses.

Join us for a webinar that features state and local leaders who will discuss area CTE centers in their states and how they are making connections to the needs of business and industry and their communities.

The webinar will be held TODAY, Thursday, April 25th at 3:00 pm ET. Register here

Speakers include:

  • Steve Gratz, Ph.D., Director, Office of Career-Technical Education
    Ohio Department of Education
  • Harold Niehaus, Director of Instructional Development
    Miami Valley Career Technology Center, Clayton, OH
  • Paula Bowles, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
    Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education
  • Bill Kramer, Communications and Marketing Coordinator
    Canadian Valley Technology Center, El Reno, OK

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

Register Now for Upcoming NASDCTEc Webinar Featuring Area CTE Centers: Conquering the Skills Gap through Business-Industry Collaboration

March 29th, 2013

Area CTE Centers operate in a variety of ways – from shared-time centers offering primarily technical training to full-time centers that provide students with both academic instruction and technical training – but all provide opportunities for students to receive relevant, rigorous CTE. And at a time when employers say that they are unable to find workers who have the right skills to fill job vacancies, area CTE centers provide a crucial link between the knowledge and skills that students learn and those demanded by local businesses.

Join us for a webinar that features state and local leaders who will discuss area CTE centers in their states and how they are making connections to the needs of business and industry and their communities.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, April 25th at 3 p.m. ET. Speakers include:

Steve Gratz, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Career-Technical Education, Ohio Department of Education
Harold Niehaus
Director of Instructional Development, Miami Valley Career Technology Center
Paula Bowles
Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education
Bill Kramer
Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Canadian Valley Technology Center, El Reno, OK

Link to register

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Register Now for April 3 NASDCTEc Webinar on Sustainability Education Resources and Tools for CTE Students and Educators

March 25th, 2013

Sign up now for NASDCTEc Webinar on Workforce Readiness – Learn how your Students can Earn an Industry Certification in Sustainability 101 and all about GEF’s Green Building Curriculum!

Date and Time April 3, 2013 at 3 p.m. Eastern

Victoria Waters, Green Education Foundation (GEF) Institute President, will be introducing the Institute’s new offering for CTE schools – a Sustainability 101 Certification! Learn how Virginia Beach City Public Schools is implementing this valuable credential in one of the largest school districts in Virginia and what their students are saying about it.

GEF will also showcase how New Jersey is educating their CTE students on green construction at nine school districts throughout the state with the Institute’s Green Building Course. The curriculum includes the following seven modular units that can be taught in conjunction with an existing course, as a semester or yearlong offering or standalone:

• Introduction to Sustainability and Green Building
• Sustainable Sites
• Materials and Resources
• Energy and the Built Environment
• Indoor Environmental Quality
• Water Efficiency in Buildings
• The Present and Future of Green Building

Please join Patrick Konopnicki, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, CTE Director; Todd Menadier, Director of Field Implementation and Enhancement for the NJ Green Program of Study grant project; and Victoria Waters, CEO of GEF Institute to learn how to inform, prepare and excite your students for jobs in the new green economy!

Link to register: http://nasdcte.adobeconnect.com/wfreadinessgef101/event/event_info.html

This webinar will be recorded.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Recording Now Available for NASDCTEc Webinar on the Research Behind Branding Best Practices

March 21st, 2013

You may now view the recording and Power Point for NASDCTE’s webinar on the “Research Behind Branding Best Practices.”

When the CTE: Learning that works for America® brand was created, state Career Technical Education (CTE) offices were given the opportunity to be part of a national movement to change the image, definition and expectations for CTE. Through a series of interviews with the states participating in the branding campaign, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) has discovered that eight best practices in branding can elevate a state’s branding campaign and increase their chances of successfully communicating the brand message.

Dr. Melinda Lloyd discussed the research that was conducted and the key findings of that research. Two of the branding best practices – co-branding and engaging local educators – were highlighted during this Webinar. State staff from Arkansas, Oregon and Wisconsin shared examples of their branding efforts. The Webinar concluded with a brief introduction to a new set of resources on www.careertech.org that will serve as examples for states that are just getting started with their branding efforts or states that are hoping to take their branding efforts to a new level.

Presenters included:

Melinda Lloyd, Ed.D, Communications Consultant for NASDCTEc
Sandra Porter, Associate Director for Workforce Training, Arkansas Department of Career Education
Donna Brant, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Career and Technical Education
Jennell Ives, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Career and Technical Education
Larry Cheyne, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Community College and Workforce Development
Sharon Wendt, Director, Wisconsin Career and Technical Education
Sara Baird, Career Pathways Consultant, Wisconsin Career and Technical Education

Recording Link

Power Point Presentation PDF version

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Reminder to Register Now for Upcoming NASDCTEc Webinar: The Research Behind Branding Best Practices – Broadcast March 21

March 15th, 2013

When the CTE: Learning that works for America™ brand was created, state CTE offices were given the opportunity to be part of a national movement to change the image, definition and expectations for CTE. Through a series of interviews with the states participating in the branding campaign, NASDCTEc has discovered that eight best practices in branding can elevate a state’s branding campaign and increase their chances of successfully communicating the brand message.

Dr. Melinda Lloyd will discuss the research that was conducted and the key findings of that research. Two of the branding best practices – co-branding and engaging local educators – will also be highlighted during this Webinar. State staff from Arkansas, Oregon and Wisconsin will participate to share examples of their branding efforts. The Webinar will conclude with a brief introduction to a new set of resources on www.careertech.org that will serve as examples for states that are just getting started with their branding efforts or states that are hoping to take their branding efforts to a new level.

Presenters include:

Melinda Lloyd, Ed.D, Communications Consultant for NASDCTEc
Sandra Porter, Associate Director for Workforce Training, Arkansas Department of Career Education
Donna Brant, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Career and Technical Education
Jennell Ives, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Career and Technical Education
Larry Cheyne, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Community College and Workforce Development
Sharon Wendt, Director, Wisconsin Career and Technical Education
Sara Baird, Career Pathways Consultant, Wisconsin Career and Technical Education

When: March 21, 2013 at 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Eastern (1 hour)

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Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

New NASDCTEc Publications: CTE Trend Analysis: Governance and Funding

February 21st, 2013

Every other year, 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, Governance, and Funding.

Today, NASDCTEc released the final two issue briefs in this series:

2012 Synopsis of CTE Trends: Governance

CTE programs are offered in a variety of settings including comprehensive high schools, middle schools, area technical centers, and four-year universities. Within these institutions, the level of CTE programs offered ranges from exploratory to in-depth. With such a wide variety of learners served through many types of institutions, state governance of CTE programs is understandably complex and varies considerably from state to state.

2012 Synopsis of CTE Trends: Funding

Despite budget shortfalls, states such as Nebraska are leveraging students’ voices to show state legislators the importance of funding CTE. While long-term projections on Perkins funding levels are uncertain – due in part to issues like sequestration – a vigilant focus on high-quality CTE programs, data-driven decision making, and return on investment will best position CTE to ward off as many additional funding cuts as possible.

An archived webinar on these two topics is available here.

Stay tuned for more information on a NASDCTEc Legislative Update webinar on Monday, March 25th at 3:00 pm ET.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

Register Now for NASDCTEc Webinar on the Research Behind Branding Best Practices

February 15th, 2013

When the CTE: Learning that Works for America brand was created, state CTE offices were given the opportunity to be part of a national movement to change the image, definition and expectations for CTE. Through a series of interviews with the states participating in the branding campaign, NASDCTEc has discovered that eight best practices in branding can elevate a state’s branding campaign and increase their chances of successfully communicating the brand message.

Dr. Melinda Lloyd will discuss the research that was conducted and the key findings of that research. Two of the branding best practices – co-branding and engaging local educators – will also be highlighted during this Webinar. State staff from Arkansas, Oregon and Wisconsin will participate to share examples of their branding efforts. The Webinar will conclude with a brief introduction to a new set of resources on www.careertech.org that will serve as examples for states that are just getting started with their branding efforts or states that are hoping to take their branding efforts to a new level.

Presenters include:

Melinda Lloyd, Ed.D, Communications Consultant for NASDCTEc
Sandra Porter, Associate Director for Workforce Training, Arkansas Department of Career Education
Donna Brant, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Career and Technical Education
Jennell Ives, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Career and Technical Education
Larry Cheyne, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Community College and Workforce Development
Sharon Wendt, Director, Wisconsin Career and Technical Education
Sara Baird, Career Pathways Consultant, Wisconsin Career and Technical Education

When: March 21, 2013 at 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Eastern (1 hour)

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Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

 

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