Archive for July, 2010

Register Now for the 2010 NASDCTEc Fall Meeting

Friday, July 30th, 2010

NASDCTEc is excited to offer our Fall Meeting based on the theme Leading to Transform: Taking Us to Where We Should Be. CTE State Directors have asked for more professional development, and this meeting will provide engaging activities geared to enrich and strengthen leadership skills of  attendees. The Fall Meeting offers great opportunities for networking with colleagues and partners in the economic development, workforce development and education improvement communities. Full details are at www.careertech.org.

Where: The Fall Meeting will be at the Westin BWI Airport Hotel, 1110 Old Elkridge Landing Road, in Linthicum, MD 21090    443-577-2300   map

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Dates of meeting: October 25—October 27, 2010. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, October 25 with an opening dinner session and meeting. The meeting will end at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, after the closing luncheon. Online registration is open now.

Hotel accommodations: room rates are $120 per night plus applicable taxes. Please make your room reservations two ways: at the special State Directors reservations site; or you can call 866-225-0511 and ask for the ‘State Directors Rate’. Please note that the special priced group room reservation deadline is October 8, 2010. There are limited rooms available pre-and post-meeting. We hope to see you there!


By Ramona in Advance CTE Announcements, Meetings and Events
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Legislative Update: ESEA, Education Jobs Fund, Clean Energy Works Act

Friday, July 30th, 2010

ESEA Reauthorization Unlikely This Year

An article in Wednesday’s Washington Post sums up what we have been piecing together for some time — ESEA will probably not be reauthorized this year. While the President has made education a top priority and Congress has held hearings and is working behind the scenes to hammer out a bipartisan bill, progress has been slow and the upcoming elections make Congress wary of moving such a controversial piece of legislation. Former Secretary of Education and Republican Senator on the HELP Committee, Lamar Alexander (TN) does not think we will see a bill this year: “I’d say time is up,” Alexander said Tuesday. “I don’t see it happening.” In an interview with the National Journal the same day, Chairman George Miller (CA) of the House Ed and Labor Committee said that he and Ranking Member John Kline (MN) have agreed to work through August on a bill and want to be ready when the opportunity arises to introduce it. Only time will tell what Congress will do, but we will keep you posted on any new developments.

Education Jobs Fund Stripped from Supplemental

While the House voted earlier this month to include the $10 billion Education Jobs Fund in the emergency supplemental appropriations bill, the Senate lacked the votes to include the fund in their version of the supplemental. As a result, House Democrats have accepted the Senate’s plan to pass a stripped-down supplemental bill and are seeking another vehicle for the Education Jobs Fund.

Clean Energy Works Act

Sen. Patty Murray (WA) recently introduced S. 3631, the Clean Energy Works Act which would help prepare workers for clean energy careers. In addition to expanding the State Energy Program and making investments in national clean energy research, the bill would provide grants to clean energy companies for job training:

By Nancy in Legislation
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Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Marks Up Education Bill

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

On Tuesday the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education held a markup of and approved by voice vote their FY 2011 appropriations bill. While the text of the bill is not available, the subcommittee did release a summary of what’s included in the bill. There is no mention of Perkins funding in the summary, but we have heard from the Committee for Education Funding that Perkins was flat funded in the Subcommittee’s bill. We have also learned that the President’s proposed consolidation of Tech Prep was not in this bill, or the House Appropriations Subcommittee’s bill that they marked up earlier this month.

Some highlights of this bill:

The bill now moves to the full Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday, but Sen. Tom Harkin (IA), chair of the subcommittee, has indicated that the bill will not go to the floor for a vote before December.

By Nancy in Legislation
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Duncan Touts CTE in Speech at National Press Club

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

duncan-arne-sec_-of-ed_-3-09At a luncheon today at the National Press Club, during which he announced the finalists for round two of Race to the Top, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke about the education reforms that the Obama Administration is undertaking, and what lies ahead for federal education policy. Secretary Duncan stressed that as the United States lags behind other nations in science, math and college completion, that we must educate our way to a better economy. Some strategies for improving student achievement and restoring the United States’ position as first in the world in college graduates include federal incentives such as Race to the Top, Investing in Innovation grants, and the Teacher Incentive Fund; a change in ESEA accountability systems; and common standards, as well as the curriculum and assessments to accompany new standards.

During the Q&A portion of the event, a question was submitted that asked whether the United States needed more CTE. The Secretary responded that yes, students will benefit from programs such as apprenticeships that allow students to “work with their hands,” that provide a range of options, and that give students a reason to stay in school.  He went on to remind the audience that CTE does not happen just at the secondary level, and that community colleges play a vital role in training students in emerging fields such as STEM and green technologies.

By Nancy in Public Policy
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Race to the Top Finalists Announced for Round Two

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

This afternoon, in a speech at the National Press Club, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the finalists for round two of the Race to the Top grant competition. There were 19 finalists, out of 36 that applied for the remaining $3.4 billion in grant money:

Each state will send a group of five representatives to Washington, D.C. in early August 9 to make their case to the review panel. Duncan said that there could between 10 and 15 winners, which will be announced in September.

By Nancy in Public Policy
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Financial Education for College Access and Success Program Grants Available

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

On Monday the Office of Vocational and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education announced a funding opportunity to support “State-led efforts to develop, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of personal finance instructional materials and corresponding teacher training, with the express purpose of providing high school students with knowledge and skills to make sound financial aid and other personal finance decisions, particularly in relation to obtaining access to, persisting in, and completing postsecondary education.” Eligible applicants are State educational agencies that have included personal finance in their State education standards.

This is a great opportunity for the CTE community to help the nation meet the President’s challenge of once again having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. One of the barriers to achieving this goal is the lack of financial literacy among youth, and studies have shown that Americans do not have the skills they need to make sound financial decisions, including decisions about postsecondary education. The Administration recognizes the role that CTE can play in equipping students with the financial literacy skills they need — the notice specifically mentions CTE as an area where teachers can integrate financial literacy instruction, and requires that the State project team include the agencies in the state representing CTE and 2-year postsecondary institutions.

Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: August 5, 2010.

Deadline to Apply: September 9, 2010.

For more information, please see the Federal Register notice.

By Nancy in Public Policy
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DQC Webinar: Using Data to Improve College Success

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Join the Data Quality Campaign on August 3 from 2-3:30 P.M. for a webinar on using data to improve cDQC logoollege success. During this webinar, you will hear about the different ways in which states and postsecondary institutions can and have used data to inform policy and practice.  Participants will also have an opportunity to learn how the WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has used data to improve system performance.

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Web Portal Breaking College Access Barriers

Monday, July 26th, 2010

As more students are deciding to continue their education at postsecondary institutions, the need for financial aid continues to increase. There are numerous ways for students to obtain financial aid ranging from federal, state, and local loans and grants, as well as private scholarship funds.

Understanding the need for more resources, the state of Alabama, through the use of the federal College Access Challenge Grant (CACG), has created a website that gives parents and students access to Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) resources. The website, www.alcareerinfo.org, provides information for students to plan for the future, for parents to help their child plan for success and for educators to help guide stALCAREERINFO Websiteudent achievement.

Other information that can be found at this website includes:

This information is pertinent to CTE students who wish to further their education as there are numerous financial aid and scholarship opportunities specifically for those enrolled in CTE programs. To learn more about this website and the opportunities it provides please visit the website at www.alcareerinfo.org.

By Nancy in Advance CTE Resources
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Dual Enrollment: Programs Increase, Linked to Student Achievement

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

A recent article, Dual Enrollment: Postsecondary/Secondary Partnerships to Prepare Students, highlights the rise in high school dual enrollment programs and the positive impacts they have on student achievement. The article further states that, according to the most recent data from the 2002-2003 school year, three-quarters of high school students were participating in dual enrollments programs and that since then this number has increased. In addition, they found that dual enrollment, “…was positively related to students’ likelihood of earning a high school diploma, to college enrollment, to persistence in college and to high postsecondary grade-point average,” (Hughes, 2010).

Dual enrollment allows high school students the opportunity to take college level classes and earn college credit while enrolled in high school. While there have been ways, such as Advanced Placement (AP) classes and International Baccalaureate (IB) classes, for students to earn college credit while in high school, dual enrollment programs provide students with an additional option.

Other statistics provided in the article include:

These types of programs are important to CTE because they not only allow students to get a head start on their college career or training program but they allow students to further explore career opportunities while still in high school. By supporting dual enrollment, we are encouraging communication between high schools and colleges to help to ensure that students are prepared to enter into a rigorous postsecondary environment.

In a time where our nation’s college completion rates have been declining, it is important to take steps toward change. With more emphasis on these programs, we are better preparing our students, the future of America’s workforce, to be college and career ready.

By Nancy in Publications, Research
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Career Technical Education: A Critical Component of States’ Economic Strategy

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

The United States has declined in top rankings in international competitiveness and the nation is fighting to reclaim its spot. The hot button issue has opened a range of discussions on how the United States can best prepare its workforce to compete and excel in this dynamic global economy. That’s where career technical education (CTE) fits in the discussion.

A new issue brief, Career Technical Education: A Critical Component of States’ Economic Strategy, highlights Alabama and South Carolina as model states that transformed their programs to prepare students to compete in the global economy. This issue brief is the first of a five-part series connected with our association’s vision and action plan for CTE and preparing all students to succeed in college and ultimately their careers. Global competition is the theme of one of our five core principles that we plan to address through policy and efforts from the classroom to Capitol Hill.

Alabama and South Carolina provide examples of how states can leverage their CTE programs to attract and retain international companies – from the medical science field to high-tech. These states, realizing that their students are not only competing with their classmates or neighbors in other U.S. regions, took initiative to develop programs that prepared students to compete with students for jobs across the globe.

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