Archive for October, 2011

Fall Meeting: Focus on Program Quality: Partnerships

Monday, October 31st, 2011

For this session, panelists discussed how partnerships help to improve Career Technical Education programs and offerings for students, including business partnerships and connections between learner levels.

Alaska State Director Helen Mehrkens moderated the panel which included Gretchen Koch, Senior Director, Workforce Development Programs of CompTIA, and Curtis Biggs of the National Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.

Koch outlined how CompTIA has been the Information Technology (IT) Career Clusterâ„¢ and National Advisory Committee Leader since 2006, and that CompTIA participated in the development of new Green IT Pathways. Different partnering organizations they work with include:

• Partnering on Advocacy for CTE: Sullivan High School CTE Program for Health Sciences, with Senator Durbin (D-IL)
• Partnering with Federal Agencies such as the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, and the Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education
• Partnering with CTE Programs including Chicago Public Schools, the Illinois IT Task Force, Illinois Race to the Top, and Illinois Health IT Task Force
• Partnering with other Career Clusters™

Koch also showed how Health and IT Career Clustersâ„¢ were cross walked for secondary and postsecondary programs of study; implementation pilot program of study is at Chicago Public Schools.

The National Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships’ (NACEP) Representative, Curtis Biggs, explained how NACEP Standards and Accreditation strengthen dual credit programs. Sharing how accelerated learning options – concurrent enrollment, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, among several models – are accepted by public institutions, Biggs showed how the NACEP standards strengthen an institution’s dual credit program by:

• Giving students assurance that they are taking true college courses;
• Aiding students in seeking credit recognition;
• Enhancing reputation of college and high school partners;
• Leverage to gain commitments from college faculty and staff;
• Enhancing relationships and cooperation of all partner groups;
• The knowledge that school districts value accreditation when communicating with parents; and
• Schools consulting with college when making new hires.

Koch and Biggs shared a PowerPoint of their joint presentation, which provides additional information on large-scale research results comparing students who took dual or concurrent enrollment compared to those who did not.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

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Fall Meeting: Being an Innovative Leader During Tough Times

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Given the tough fiscal climate, states are being asked to do more with less. During the opening session at NASDCTEc’s Fall Meeting, states shared how they are continuing to expand CTE and be innovative in their approach, despite funding cuts and dwindling resources.

John Fischer, State Director of CTE in Vermont, spoke about a consortium of New England states leveraging their resources to ensure that high schools graduates are prepared for college and careers in the 21st century. For example, partner states are working together to build flexible pathway and proficiency based graduation models together.

Sherry Key, State Director of CTE in Alabama, shared the work being done by her state on a commission that Alabama has created to look at the future of CTE. The Career and Technical Education Commission will review the status of secondary CTE programs as well as the needs of employers in the state, and then make recommendations on how to strengthen and support CTE programs. Despite state budget crises, Alabama has chosen to focus on CTE as a way to help the economy and get people back to work.

T.J. Eyer, Division Administrator for CTE in Montana, discussed the work that Montana is doing around the transition to Programs of Study. Montana is prioritizing all of its Perkins funds to focus on Programs of Study until all programs meet RPOS standards. See his PowerPoint presentation for more information.

Nancy Conneely, Public Policy Manager

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Fall Meeting: Using Data to Drive Decisions

Monday, October 31st, 2011

At the NASDCTEc fall meeting last week, Career Technical Education (CTE) leaders from across the nation addressed many issues, including how data should be used to drive decision making in CTE. A panel of experts addressed relevant topics to CTE, such as diversifying the uses of CAR data, the return on investment of CTE, and how Career Clusters are addressing labor market demands.

Data Diversification in CTE

Matt Hastings from the Nebraska Department of Education described the role of subpopulations in the Perkins accountability data framework and the challenges with solely relying on subpopulation analyses.

Perkins accountability focuses on small groups of students so policymakers can see the return on investment (ROI) of Perkins dollars through CTE accountability measures. The system becomes a challenge, however, because CTE accountability takes on multiple roles; the success or failure of CTE programs is judged based on these accountability measures, while policymakers rely on these measures for ROI information to drive program and policy decisions.

Return on Investment in CTE

Pradeep Kotamraju of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) described the overarching concern around CTE for policymakers and stakeholders as: is federal, state, and local investment in CTE paying off?

This presentation overviewed approaches and factors to consider when calculating ROI, and steps necessary to calculate ROI in CTE.

Career Clusters: Forecasting High School through College Jobs – 2008-2018

Nicole Smith from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce shared highlights from the Center’s latest report, which forecasts job opportunities by Career Cluster. Among other key findings, Smith shared that:

This report will be released on November 14, 2011.

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

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Fall Meeting: States Spearhead Local Branding Initiatives

Friday, October 28th, 2011

The CTE: Learning that works for America ™ branding initiative is gaining traction across the nation.  States have made significant strides in implementing the new brand by using national and state resources, reported State Directors at the recent Fall Meeting in Baltimore.

Find examples of states' CTE: Learning that works for America branding initiatives on NASDCTEc's Members-Only section of the Web site.

At the NASDCTEc Fall Meeting, an annual event in which CTE leaders convene, State Directors presented on their state-led efforts to launch the new brand. Their work involved the kick off of roll-out events, adoption of the new logo, re-design of their Web pages, re-branding resources, and more.  States such as Ohio, Oregon, Virginia, Minnesota and

New Jersey have made significant headway in introducing the new brand in

to their state and dedicating strategies to serving as true stewards of the brand.

While the CTE: Learning that works for America â„¢ campaign can only be a true national effort if all states take on their role to support the brand.

These states’ best practices items can be found exclusively in NASDCTEc’s Web site’s Members-Only section as a resource for members:

-          Log on to the members-only section of our Web site.

-          Select Member Resources

-          On the menu located at the toolbar on the right, click on CTE Brand Initiative

-          Then click on State Brand Initiatives

-          Explore all the great branding tools that states have created.

Erin Uy, Communications & Marketing Manager


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NASDCTEc Fall Meeting Sponsor Highlight: Kuder, Inc.

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

To show our appreciation to our Fall Meeting Sponsors, we are sharing their news with you.

Kuder, Inc. extends its thanks to all those who attended our cruise aboard the Spirit of Baltimore while at the NASDCTEc 2011 Fall Meeting. We had a wonderful time catching up with old friends and meeting new ones while enjoying the spectacular views. Be on the lookout for your boarding photo, which will be mailed out soon. We look forward to seeing you all again next year! To learn more about Kuder, visit or watch the Kuder Suite of Solutions video.

Kuder, Inc. at Fall Meeting

In the photo, Kuder, Inc. Staff members Bill Barlow, Bethney Larson, and Scott Vandever pose with NASDCTEc Staff member Ramona Schescke.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

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NASDCTEc Webinar – CTE: Keeping Adult Learners Competitive for High-Demand Jobs

Monday, October 24th, 2011

In today’s turbulent economy, how can adult workers best position themselves to succeed in rewarding careers in high-demand fields? Further, how can employers aid in up-skilling current employees to meet increasingly complex job demands?

Join us for our next webinar, “CTE: Keeping Adult Learners Competitive for High-Demand Jobs,” on Thursday, December 8th from 3:00 – 4:00 pm, when experts from the field will help us answer these questions by describing how their programs directly and indirectly keep adult learners competitive for high-demand jobs.

Dr. Ron Duggins, Director of the Center for Business Development at Oklahoma’s Meridian Technology Center, will discuss Meridian’s Business Incubator program and how it helps adult entrepreneurs to launch successful businesses. Mr. Harry Snyder, Adult Workforce Development Supervisor at Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development in Ohio, will describe how Great Oaks’ Aviation Maintenance – Power Plant Technician class is preparing adults for high-demand jobs and meeting the needs of area businesses.

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2011
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET
Click here to register for “CTE: Keeping Adult Learners Competitive for High-Demand Jobs.”

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

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NASDCTEc Fall Meeting Sponsor Highlight: Home Builders Institute

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

To show our appreciation to our Fall Meeting sponsors (Gold Level and up), we are sharing their news with you.

From C. Deanna Lewis, Director for Career & Certification Services
Home Builders Institute

Think Career . . . Think Construction!

Not so long ago I would ask students the age old question. . . “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Now I ask them . . . “How do you think you will make a living as an adult and what education/training do you need to get there?” Little is said to students about educational requirements needed to launch a career that will provide a comfortable living. Many conversations today get stuck on going or not going to college.

The Home Builders Institute (HBI) Career Services division has a vested interest in keeping our nation’s elementary, middle, high school and post-secondary students excited and knowledgeable about residential construction. With this in mind, I feel it is important for students to:

• Understand the dynamics of our industry to make informed career decisions
• Know the education and training needs of the employer
• Match their unique talents, skills, interests and personalities to discover the utmost in career satisfaction
• Become more aware of what it means to be marketable upon graduation

It’s never too early to talk to students about careers. First graders love it! If such conversations about our industry continue through high school, students will have enough information about construction to make an informed career decision. Following is a sample of “food for thought” for high school students thinking about the industry. Are these the questions you ask your students?

What are your unique talents?
Knowing your best traits is a start for mapping a path for your future career. Do you like crunching numbers, interacting with people, working outside, monitoring data, managing projects, determining precise calculations, scheduling, negotiating, etc.? The list is endless and opportunities of all kinds are found in the residential construction industry.

Do you have these traits?
• Ability to handle and resolve conflict and confrontation- Be Proactive!
• Ability to hold people accountable for results
• Systems oriented, organized, good follow-up, time management and people (communication and listening) skills and have the ability to manage change
• Analytical and strategic planner who is also a problem solver and decision maker
• Ability to handle a wide range of task and multiple priorities, while operating with a sense of urgency

Do you think you can handle:
• Providing accurate and on time data in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment
• Coordinating and processing data from multiple sources
• Researching, problem solving, and correcting errors, while staying current with high volume of requests

What is the job title(circle one)?
Starts Coordinator
Field Manager/Superintendent

(Answer: Starts Coordinator)

You can meet and visit with C. Deanna Lewis at the Fall Meeting. She invites attendees to visit HBI on the web at

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

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Fall Meeting Sponsor Highlight: National Research Center for Career Technical Education

Friday, October 21st, 2011

To show our appreciation to our Fall Meeting Sponsors (Gold Level and up), we are sharing their news with you.

NRCCTE presentations, workshops, and technical assistance updates

The National Research Center for Career Technical Education (NRCCTE) is presenting and conducting workshops at the 2011 NASDCTEc Fall Meeting – NRCCTE director Dr. Jim Stone and deputy director Pradeep Kotamraju will be participating in a Program Quality panel and Data workshops at the 2011 NASDCTEc Fall meeting on October 24-26, 2011. The NRCCTE is also a sponsor of the event. If you are attending, please check out Dr. Stone’s panel and visit Drs. Stone and Kotamraju at their presentations on October 25.
How Does CTE Affect Student Engagement? Learn more in Oscar Aliaga’s Stats-DC NCES Data Conference Presentation – Oscar Aliaga, the NRCCTE’s Program Director, presented “Using National Databases for Research on Career and Technical Education” at the 2011 Stats-DC NCES Data Conference on July 28th, 2011. Download his presentation (PDF).

NRCCTE Technical Assistance Updates: Catch up on all the news from the NRCCTE’s Math-in-CTE and Literacy-in-CTE implementations around the country in the latest edition (September 2011) of the Technical Assistance Newsletter.

Oregon Launches Literacy-in-CTE: Oregon became the first state to launch a full implementation of the Literacy-in-CTE curriculum integration model. At Oregon’s summer professional development session, 26 teachers and administrators and 11 English/Language Arts teachers received training on 12 literacy strategies. Pictured: Travis Park, NRCCTE facilitator, explains literacy strategies.

Utah North Part of Statewide Curriculum Integration Plan: After a year of successful implementation, Utah is expanding the Math-in-CTE model to a regional format that spans the entire state. Three regions (North, South, and Salt Lake City) are all working with NRCCTE facilitators to enhance the math in the FACS curriculum. A number of teachers and administrators used their experience from the 2010-2011 implementation to serve as local facilitators. Pictured: Math educator Jennifer Tanner (at left) and FACS teacher Gail Ferrin work to complete their lesson plan for a large group presentation.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

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Nevada Districts Align with State’s Effort to Boost CTE

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Reflecting Nevada’s effort to expand career technical education (CTE) opportunities for students, Lyon County School District (LCSD) in the state, reports that half of its students are now enrolled in at least one CTE course.

A total of 1,279 of the district’s 2,526 high school students are enrolled in at least one CTE course, according to a recent Reno-Gazette Journal article. Students can earn tuition-free college credits while in high school and industry certifications.

High schools in the district offer a variety of CTE courses, including video production, computer graphics, furniture and cabinet making, computer graphics, culinary arts and agriculture mechanics, the article noted. Fernley High School, a school in the district offers DECA, a business program in which its students won the title of Nevada state champions.

The school District is working with Nevada Rural Development, the mayors of Yerington and Fernley and the Lyon County Manager to explore out what the District must do to produce a skilled workforce, LCSD Director of Testing and Technology Scott Lommori said.

“What we’re trying to do now is give inside the schools what is needed to get an outside job,” Lommori said in the article.

 Erin Uy, Communications & Marketing Manager

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Legislative Update: ESEA, Bills Introduced

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Senate Marks Up ESEA

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee met on Wednesday to begin markup the draft Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization bill introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (IA) last week. The markup was threatened with delays when Senator Rand Paul (KY) objected to the Committee meeting longer than two hours after the Senate convened on Wednesday. This is a procedural rule, rarely employed in the Senate, that is almost always waived. Senator Paul was concerned that no hearing had been held on the bill this session (10 were held last session) and he felt there was not enough time to review the bill before the markup. On Thursday, Senators Harkin and Enzi (WY) reached an agreement with Senator Paul that in exchange for dropping his objection, the Committee will hold a hearing on the bill on November 8.

The Committee reported the bill last night by a vote of 15-7. Three Republicans, Senators Enzi, Lamar Alexander (TN) and Mark Kirk (IL), joined all Democrats in voting for the bill. Senator Harkin hopes to bring the bill to the floor for debate and a vote before Thanksgiving.

During the markup, Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) introduced an amendment to expand internships and apprenticeships, with the goal of alleviating dropouts and providing skills training. Because the amendment would require locals to use the money for this purpose, several Senators opposed it, but said they would support it if it were an allowable use of funds. Blumenthal agreed to withdraw the amendment and change the language, but wants to be sure that there are strong incentives for locals to use funding for internships and apprenticeships.

Bills Introduced

Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act

This week Senators Menendez (NJ), Reid (NV), Harkin (IA), Stabenow (MI) and Casey (PA) introduced S. 1723, Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act.  The bill contains the provision of the American Jobs Act that provides $35 billion to create or protect education jobs, as well as jobs for police officers and firefighters.  The jobs supported in this bill are not just teachers, but any public school K12 employee.

However, last night the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the bill by a vote of 50-50. All Republicans voted against it, as did Senators Lieberman (CT), Nelson (NE) and Pryor (AR). As result, the bill will not be voted on.

Preparing Students for Success in the Global Economy Act

Senators Jeff Merkley (OR), Al Franken (MN), Mark Begich (AK), and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) introduced S. 1675, Preparing Students for Success in the Global Economy Act. This bill aims to increase student access to courses in STEM subjects and provide additional resources to recruit, train, and support STEM teachers.

Grantees must include in their applications a description of how their activities will be coordinated with other programs and activities, including Perkins-funded CTE programs. Local subgrantees must also describe in their applications how grant funds will be coordinated with programs and activities, including Perkins-funded CTE programs.

“If we don’t train our children for the jobs of the future, we won’t be able to compete in the future,” Merkley said. “Whenever I talk to companies like Intel back in Oregon, they tell me that STEM education is key, and in far too many schools, the resources aren’t there to prepare our students for careers in engineering and science. This legislation will help address this deficit.”


Nancy Conneely, Public Policy Manager

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