Archive for March, 2010

Delaware and Tennessee Awarded First Round Race to the Top Grants

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that Delaware and Tennessee won grants in the first phase of the Race to the Top competition.  Delaware will receive approximately $100 million and Tennessee will receive $500 million over the next four years to implement their reform plans.

The winning states included plans for plans such as tying teacher evaluation to student performance, charter schools and STEM. They also received approval of their applications from every school district in their states, and got support from nearly all of their teachers’ unions.

The Department will have about $3.4 billion available for the second phase of the Race to the Top competition.

By Nancy in Public Policy
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President Signs Reconciliation Bill at Community College

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Today, President Obama signed H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 at Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) Alexandria campus. Dr. Jill Biden, the Second Lady and professor at NOVA introduced the President.

The new law invests $2 billion in new competitive career training grants, available to community colleges. The law also provides $36 billion over 10 years for Pell Grants, which will increase the maximum annual Pell Grant amount to $5,500 this year and to $5,975 by 2017.  There was also $2.55 billion available to historically black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions and $750 million for College Access Challenge Grants.

In his speech, President Obama said “We need to invest in our community colleges.  We need to invest in the future of this country.  We need to meet the goal I set last year and graduate more of our students than any other nation by the year 2020.”

President Obama also said, “And because community colleges like NOVA are so essential to a competitive workforce, I’ve asked your outstanding professor, Dr. Jill Biden…to host a summit on community colleges at the White House this fall.  And we’re going to bring everybody together, from educators to students, experts to business leaders.  We are going to bring everybody together to share innovative ideas about how we can help students earn degrees and credentials, and to forge private sector partnerships so we can better prepare America’s workforce and America’s workers to succeed in the 21st century.”

The White House released a fact sheet on the Community College and Career Training Grant program. President Obama’s and Dr. Biden’s remarks can also be found online.

By Nancy in Legislation, Public Policy
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Spring Meeting Highlights Oracle Academy

Monday, March 29th, 2010

The Spring Meeting is in full swing this week! In the final installment of our Spring Meeting Sponsor Series, we highlight Oracle Academy. Denise Hobbs is representing Oracle at our meeting. Oracle also contributed to today’s luncheon.

Oracle Academy

Visit Denise in her studio Tuesday, March 30 in the Jefferson Room directly across the hall from our general session meeting room, Thurgood Marshall North.

Oracle Academy provides a comprehensive set of education resources. For example, Oracle has advanced STEM education in the US for over a decade and is committed to helping students develop the skills needed for life and work in the 21st century. Our state-of-the art technology programs, the Oracle Academy and ThinkQuest, support over 1.2 million students in 95 countries each year at an in-kind grant value of over $2 billion USD Academy provides a complete portfolio of software, curriculum, hosted technology, faculty training, support, and certification resources to K–12, vocational, and higher education institutions for teaching use. Faculty can flexibly insert these resources into computer science and business programs, ensuring that students gain industry-relevant skills prior to entering the workforce. Institutions may elect to participate in any of the three program options:

Annual Participation:


On Tuesday, NASDCTEc will be honoring our All-Star Sponsors at a special recognition luncheon. All-Star sponsors have provided consistent support to our organization over the years. This year’s All-Star sponsors include Oracle Academy, Cisco, Home Builders Institute, NOCTI,  Career Communications, Kuder, EMSI, Career Technical Education Consortium of States, Incorporated, and AdvancED/Today’s Class. THANK YOU ALL-STARS!

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Spring Meeting Sponsor Series Highlights AAFCS and Cisco

Monday, March 29th, 2010

We are holding our Spring Meeting, and want to recognize more sponsors in our ‘sponsor series’. Today we highlight:


AAFCS logo for webAAFCS Announces the Pre-Professional Assessment and Certification (Pre-PAC) Program

The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is proud to announce the Pre-Professional Assessment and Certification (Pre-PAC) program creating the premier family and consumer sciences pre-professional assessment and certification system in the nation. AAFCS has engaged the assistance of a broad range of esteemed industry professionals, content specialists, and educators from across the nation to assist in identifying relevant industry standards and to develop the assessment instruments. In addition to drawing heavily on business and industry input, Pre-PAC assessments correlate to the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Education and the National Career Clusters initiative. The Pre-PAC competency assessments are rigorous, psychometrically sound, and consistent with gold-standard online testing quality requirements. The assessments and certifications can be used to:

The Pre-PAC program offers the following pre-professional assessments and industry-recognized certifications:

For more information contact Lori Myers at or visit the website at



ciscoThe human network can drive education transformation. Here are the ways Cisco meets the challenge:

Education 3.0: transforming school systems for the 21st century;  2) 21st Century Schools Initiative: building a world-class education system; 3) Cisco Networking Academy: Educating the architects of the networked economy.; 4) Teachers without borders: connecting, creating, and collaborating on a global scale. Carroll McGillin, Business Development Manager and Joni Blakeslee, Senior Manager, are representing Cisco at the Spring Meeting.

Cisco’s Commitment to Education

Cisco demonstrates its commitment to education through innovative programs such as Cisco Networking Academies, Global Education, and Transformation initiatives, research programs, and investments in education.

Visit Cisco’s website today.

By Ramona in Uncategorized

NSF Grant Allocated to South Dakota Career Clusters Program

Friday, March 26th, 2010

South Dakota Department of Education targeted a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation towards the enhancement, expansion and development of new initiatives in secondary career clusters programs.

The monies will fund school projects focused on four career clusters: science, technology, engineering and math; information technology; health science; and agriculture science. Projects range from dual-credit opportunities in information technology to courses in pre-engineering and biosciences. The career clusters programs are aligned with the objectives of South Dakota’s High School 2025 initiative, which aims to educate students and families about career opportunities and prepare them for postsecondary education.

The grant is part of NSF’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program, which is designed “to strengthen research and education in science and engineering throughout the United States and to avoid undue concentration of such research and education.”

The education department received 19 applications from schools to receive funding during this grant cycle. South Dakota officials awarded eight schools with funds:

• Alcester-Hudson High School • Brookings High School • Canton Middle School • Chamberlain High School • East Dakota Educational Cooperative • Mitchell High School • Platte/Geddes High School • Sioux Falls middle schools

For more information, visit South Dakota’s EPSCoR website.

By Erin in Career Clusters®
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Legislative Update: Reconciliation Bill, WIA Summer Youth Funding, Health Care Training Grants

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Reconciliation Passes, Awaits President’s Signature

The House passed the reconciliation bill last night by a 220-207 vote. The amendment bill, which included the fixes made to the Senate version of the bill, will now go to President Obama for his signature.  This bill includes $2 billion in funding through the Community College and Career Training Grant Program for community colleges to support education and training programs for dislocated workers and unemployed workers. The program will be competitive, but each state will be guaranteed .5% of the total funding, which totals $2.5 million per state.

Disaster Relief and Summer Jobs Act

This week the House passed the H.R. 4899, Disaster Relief and Summer Jobs Act by a vote of 239-175.  The bill would provide an additional $600 million to the states in Workforce Investment Act funding for youth activities, available exclusively to support summer jobs. While the bill still needs to go to the Senate for consideration, the WIA funding has the full support of the White House which issued a Statement of Administrative Policy stressing the importance of providing summer employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth.

Health Care Bill Includes Training Grants

The health care bill, H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, includes several grants to provide money for training in the health care field:

By Nancy in Legislation
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Spring Meeting Sponsor Series Highlight

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

As we continue our blog series on Spring meeting sponsors, we want to highlight Kuder.


Kuder, Inc. (Kuder) provides today’s students and adults with proven solutions to navigate life’s career journey. We offer customized online solutions for career planners at all life stages, while facilitating communication and collaboration between key stakeholders in economic prosperity – education, business, industry, community, and state agencies.

 New Suite for All Ages: Our new Internet-based Kuder® Career Planning System (KCPS) provides comprehensive, developmentally-appropriate tools and resources for all ages, including Kuder® Galaxy for elementary students; Kuder® Navigator for middle school and high school students; and Kuder® Journey for postsecondary students and adults. Each solution is backed by a powerful Administrative Database Management System. A community needs assessment, curriculum series, professional development, and support services complete the suite of solutions.

 Customization Sets Us Apart: At Kuder, we realize the needs of our customers are varied and unique. In order to support today’s global demands, we offer custom-made solutions. Our process for customization starts with YOU – we form partnerships, listen to our clients, and gather information to understand current educational and career guidance needs, environment and economic conditions, and the populations being served. Our unique combination of cutting-edge, creative technology and practical experience ensures insightful analysis with unsurpassed project performance.

Learn More: We have created over 100 custom systems for schools, school districts, colleges, and private consulting companies worldwide. States, including Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina, and Tennessee, have also successfully customized our proven solutions to meet their educational standards and career guidance needs. Contact us to begin your partnership with Kuder today at 800.314.8972 or

By Ramona in Advance CTE Announcements

Reconciliation Passes Senate with Changes, Heads Back to House for Final Vote

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

As we told you on Monday, the reconciliation bill passed the House and had moved to the Senate for their consideration. After defeating 29 Republican amendments to the bill and a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian to remove two provisions from the Pell portion of the bill, Democrats passed the bill today by a vote of 56-43. Democratic leaders said that the provisions that were struck do not significantly affect the student loan program or the overall health-care bill. Changing the bill however requires the House to revote.

Three Democrats voted against the bill — Sens. Ben Nelson (NE), Mark Pryor (AR) and Blanche Lincoln (AR), while Sen. Isakson (R-GA) was absent.

The House is expected to pass the revised bill tonight (barring any Republican procedural hurdles) and send it to the President for his signature.

By Nancy in Legislation
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XAP Corporation and Home Builder’s Institute: Spring Meeting Sponsor Salute (Spring Meeting Sponsor Series)

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

A reason why our NASDCTEc Spring meetings are so successful is because of the support of our sponsors. We want to salute them this week, and today we will highlight XAP Corporation and Home Builder’s Institute.

XAP Corporation’s online career and educational planning solutions are used in more than half of the country in over 20,000 schools.

Xap_Logo_Flat184by94XAP’s Choices Planner is a comprehensive, award-winning CTE resource that helps students to learn about careers and their career clusters and applying them to educational opportunities.

XAP’s newest CTE offering, Guidance Central, is the essential state and district resource for helping students to develop 4-year plans and automating reporting requirements of Perkins/ Tech Prep Programs of Study.

For more information, visit or contact


Home Builder's Institute

Home Builder's Institute

Home Builders Institute (HBI), the workforce development arm of the 175,000 member National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), is dedicated to the advancement and enrichment of education and training programs serving the needs of the residential construction industry.

Career exploration assistance, industry-education partnership development and standards-based instructional materials (including instructor and student certification) are among the vast offerings of HBI.  HBI’s programming allows individuals the opportunity to see the benefits of embarking on the challenging and profitable career paths that the industry has to offer. 

Visit us on the web at For more information contact Deanna Lewis, Director for Career & Certification Services, at or 202-266-8927.

By Ramona in Uncategorized

House Passes Reconciliation Bill

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Last night, after passing H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (known as the “healthcare bill” to most of us) by a vote of 219-212, the House included that bill in H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 (known as the “reconciliation bill”).  The House then passed the reconciliation bill by a vote of 220-211. The reconciliation bill moves to the Senate this week where they hope to pass it before recess begins on March 29.

Also included in the reconciliation bill are several provisions that affect education.  The two largest pieces include overhauling the student loan industry and an increase in Pell grants.  But as we told you last week, the bill also includes $2 billion over four years for community colleges.

By Nancy in Legislation
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