Archive for November, 2011

Report: Economic Benefits of Increasing Community College Graduation Rates in New York and Nationally

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

According to a new report, New York City and state could see an economic boost of $71 million dollars in just one year if six area community colleges increased their graduation rates by ten percent.

The report, released by the Center for an Urban Future, a New York City think-tank, states that the country’s five most populous cities – Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Houston, and Chicago – all have four-year community college graduation rates of 20 percent or less. In New York City, only 28 percent of community college students earn an associate or bachelor’s degree within 6 years of enrolling, only slightly higher than the national average of 26 percent.

The authors of the report estimate that increasing the number of community college graduates who entered in 2009 would result in a $71 million boost for New York City and the state of New York, with a $16 million increase in annual earnings (including $2.1 million in taxes paid out to the city and state ), $28.5 million increase in economic activity due to graduate spending, and $26.5 million in taxpayer dollars going towards college graduates rather than college dropouts.

Despite distinctive and sometimes challenging features of community colleges, such as open admission policies and high remediation rates, the institutions have options for increasing graduation rates. The report makes several recommendations for improvement, including suggestions that are already being implemented by many postsecondary institutions that offer Career Technical Education (CTE). These include building partnerships among the private sector and education and training entities to develop career pathways. Additionally, the report encourages the development of a statewide articulation and transfer system, which would also “create a platform for supporting dual enrollment and early college high school, as well as articulation between non-credit certificate programs and associate-level programs.”

In addition to the economic benefits received by the community, employers and graduates would also benefit from increased community college graduation rates; employers would benefit from the larger pool of qualified workers, and graduates would raise their earning potential with a  2-year credential or certificate.

Read the full report here.

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst


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Super Committee Fails to Reach Agreement

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or ‘super committee’, as it’s been dubbed, was tasked earlier this year with coming up with a plan to find at least $1.2 trillion in savings to reduce the federal deficit before November 23. The plan would have actually had to be released by midnight last night in order for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to score it. The Committee announced yesterday that they were unable to reach an agreement on a deal.

The next step in the process is that sequestration, or across the board cuts, will take place in January 2013. According to CBO, education funding could be reduced between 7.8 percent (in 2013) and 5.5 percent (in 2021) through sequestration and budget caps. In 2013 alone this would mean $3.54 billion in cuts to education.

Nancy Conneely, Public Policy Manager

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Reminder to Submit a Proposal for the 2012 Career Clustersâ„¢ Institute Before December 9 Deadline

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

This is a reminder that the 2012 Career Clustersâ„¢ Institute Call for Presenters is now open!

The Call for Presentations for the 2012 Career Clustersâ„¢ Institute is open until December 9, 2011. You are cordially invited to submit a PROPOSAL.

The Institute is June 18-20, 2012 in Washington, DC at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Mark your calendars! More information about the Institute

The purpose of the Institute is to provide a venue for sharing of effective practices, ideas, and research. Ultimately, the goal is to increase student success and ensure our nation’s economic growth and security. Therefore, Institute sessions should promote the use of Career Clustersâ„¢ to drive collaboration and innovation in state and local education and workforce systems.

The 2012 Institute theme is Setting a New Standard and the program will be organized into five primary strands, aligned with NASDCTEc’s core principles for CTE:

•CTE is critical to ensuring that the United States leads in global competitiveness.
•CTE actively partners with employers to design and provide high-quality, dynamic programs.
•CTE prepares students to succeed in further education and careers.
•CTE is delivered through comprehensive programs of study aligned to The National Career Clusters Framework.
•CTE is a results-driven system that demonstrates a positive return on investment.

Share your experiences and successes to inform participants with specific how-to, replicable advice that goes beyond awareness of Career Clustersâ„¢ to specific implementation strategies.

•Reduced registration at the conference for up to 3 presenters/breakout
•Opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from around the country
•Share practices and experiences to increase engagement and opportunity with others
•Professional development
•Highlight/showcase your topic, providing visibility at the national level

Questions? Please call our office at 301-588-9630.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

By Ramona in National Career Clusters Institute

Congressional Resolution Recognizes Community Colleges

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Last week, Rep. Leonard Boswell (IA) introduced H Res 474, a resolution recognizing “the valuable contributions of community colleges and encouraging local partnerships with such institutions to train and revitalize the United States workforce, inspire entrepreneurship, educate skilled workers and invest in local communities.” The resolution has been referred to the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

Nancy Conneely, Public Policy Manger

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Third Race to the Top Competition Focused on STEM Education

Monday, November 21st, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education has announced a third round of Race to the Top grants, this time specifically targeting STEM. Grants will total $200 million during this competition, but only nine states are eligible to apply: Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. These states were the runners up in the last round of grants. Grants will range in amount from $12 million to $49 million, depending on state population.

The application process will have two stages. First, states will submit a portfolio of assurances confirming their commitment to comprehensively reform education in their state, including funding for education and efforts to enhance data systems, raise academic standards, and improve evaluation systems. Next, states will submit a detailed plan and budget explaining how their proposal will impact student learning and improve STEM education.

Applicants must submit part one by November 22, followed by part two by December 16. Awards will be announced in late December.

Nancy Conneely, Public Policy Manager

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Friends of CTE Guest Blog: CTE Offers Pathways to High-Demand, High-Skill Jobs

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Nicole Smith is a Senior Economist at The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, co-authored Career Clusters: Forecasting Demand for High School through College Jobs. The report explores what students need to learn and what skills to attain in order to succeed in the economy.

Two views dominate much popular thinking on higher education today. The first view is that Americans are overeducated, underemployed, and that college isn’t worth it. The second view is that the only pathway to the middle class is through a higher education credential. The first view is demonstrably false, but the second view is also too extreme.

The more complex reality is that, while low-skill pathways to the middle class are being placed under increasing pressure by advancements in technology, those pathways still exist — just at a much lesser extent than they used to. This does not mean that anyone should be satisfied with a high school diploma if there is an opportunity for further education. The data clearly show that college pays off in the long run in the form of higher wages, better jobs, and a wider opportunity to achieve the American dream. But those who cannot, for whatever reason, go beyond high school should not give up hope. Career Technical Education (CTE) offers opportunities to these students through developed career pathways that begin the grooming process in high school, preparing them for distinct high-wage, high-demand, high-skill jobs.

Over the last 40 years, our economy has seen enormous change in what the labor market demands of job seekers. In 1972, 72 percent of all jobs required a high school diploma or less along with some on-the-job training. By 2018, that number will drop to 37 percent. Of those 37 percent, one in three jobs will offer salaries of $35,000 or more. So, while the old days of using a high school diploma as a ticket to the middle class are clearly over, there are and will be middle class citizens who did not attend college.

What are these jobs and who benefits? A few highlights from our Career Clusters â„¢ study are listed below:

The labor market demand for workers with higher education is increasing, but we should not forget altogether the workers who do not need a higher education credential to access the middle class and the American dream. We need to inform decision makers, institutions and individuals about the best ways to select the education and training required to achieve their educational goal.  Career Clusters: Forecasting Demand for High School through College Jobs is a first step in that direction that answers the question:  “Is it worth it? What can I expect for my career choice today and long term? And what are the prospects in my state?


The Friends of CTE Guest Blog Series  provides advocates – from business and industry, the research community and organizations – an opportunity to articulate their support for Career Technical Education. The monthly series features a guest blogger who provides their perspective on and experience with CTE as it relates to policy, the economy and education.

Are you interested in being a guest blogger and expressing your support for CTE? Contact Melinda Findley Lloyd, Communications Consultant, at

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View Video and Slides from Career Clusters Report Release Event

Monday, November 21st, 2011

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) hosted an event last week to highlight the release of a new report entitled Career Clusters: Forecasting Demand for High School Through College Jobs, 2008-2018, a paper that identifies the sixteen Career ClustersTM which represent the full array of related occupational opportunities and education requirements.

View the news release for this report.

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce released the report in collaboration with the National Research Center for Career and the Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc).

Watch a recording of the event here.

Access PowerPoint slides for each of the event’s presenters:

Video and PowerPoint slides from the event are also available on the Resources & Information page of

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

By Kara in News, Research, Resources

House Fails to Pass Balanced Budget Amendment

Friday, November 18th, 2011

As part of the debt ceiling deal negotiated this summer, Congress must vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. Today, the House voted on H.J. Res. 2, which would stipulate that the government cannot spend more than it brings in each year. The amendment would also require a three-fifths vote by both chambers to raise the debt ceiling and a three-fifths vote to approve a deficit.

The amendment, which required support from two thirds of members to pass, was defeated by a vote of 261 to 165. Four Republicans voted against the measure, and 25 Democrats voted for it.

Democrats opposed the measure because of the impact it could have on an already weak economy. President Obama’s reelection campaign issued a statement yesterday that said: “If passed, the Republican proposal would require deep spending cuts that could jeopardize everything from education and Medicare to nutrition and health programs for at-risk children.”

Nancy Conneely, Public Policy Manager

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Legislative Update: Appropriations, Research Hearing, Bills Introduced

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Congress Passes Temporary Spending Bill

The House and Senate passed a spending package that includes a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the government through December 16, 2011. The bill also includes a “minibus” spending package of three appropriations bills – Agriculture, Transportation-HUD, and Commerce-Science-Justice – funded through the end of the fiscal year. House Appropriations Chair Hal Rogers (KY) has said that he intends package the remaining nine appropriations bills into a single omnibus bill, which would include the Labor-HHS-Education bill.

While the new CR does not restore the 1.5% cut to Perkins from the previous CR, we have learned from the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Education that if the final spending bill does not include language regarding reductions to advanced appropriations, then the 1.5% cut enacted in October will be restored to states.

Because the restoration of the 1.5% is not a done deal, we urge you call your Member of Congress today to make sure they are aware of the situation and they act to restore these funds to Perkins.

House Hearing on Education Research

On Wednesday, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce’s Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held a hearing to examine the federal role in education research. The purpose of the hearing – “Education Research: Identifying Effective Programs to Support Students and Teachers” – was to ensure that education research is beneficial to parents, teachers, and students. Some of the topics discussed by witnesses included: connecting data across learner levels, using education research in a way that benefits students, and creating incentives for teachers and schools that incorporate research-backed methods into their work.

Bills Introduced

Pathways Back to Work

On Monday, Senator Richard Blumenthal introduced the Pathways Back to Work Act which would enact the portions of President Obama’s American Jobs Act that provide employment opportunities and skills training for the unemployed. The Pathways Back to Work Act focuses on three area:

Nancy Conneely, Public Policy Manager



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Please Welcome New State Director for South Carolina Page McCraw

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

NASDCTEc is pleased to announce new State Director for South Carolina, Dr. Page McCraw.

Dr. Page B. McCraw joined the Office of Career and Technology Education as State Director on November 2, 2011. Dr. McCraw is a graduate of Gaffney High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Clemson University and her Master’s and Educational Specialist degrees in educational administration from the University of South Carolina. Dr. McCraw earned her Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of South Carolina in 2010.

Dr. McCraw’s career experiences have prepared her for her new role as the State Director for Career and Technology Education. Included among her experiences are mathematics instructor at Cherokee Technology Center, director of Cherokee Technology Center, and district-level positions as director of educational programs, director of secondary education, and, most recently, director of human resources for Cherokee County Schools.

Dr. McCraw brings experience, educational training expertise, knowledge of career-technical education, energy, and excitement to her new position.

NASDCTEc offers a warm welcome to Dr. McCraw, who can be reached at

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

By Ramona in Advance CTE Announcements, Advance CTE State Director