Archive for January, 2013

Announcing the 2013 NASDCTEc Spring Meeting

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

NASDCTEc is pleased to invite you to participate in our annual Spring Meeting, a must-attend professional development experience in the nation’s capital!

The Spring Meeting will be held from 9 a.m. on Monday, April 15 through 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17. In keeping with our collaboration with the Office of Vocational and Adult Education of the U.S. Department of Education (OVAE), we are coordinating on program content and are excited that OVAE will be hosting the meeting at the U.S. Department of Education on April 17 to continue critical presentations and discussions. All meeting functions will take place at the Omni Shoreham on April 15 and 16.

Hotel rooms should be reserved at the Omni Shoreham Hotel for all meeting days. On April 17, NASDCTEc will provide breakfast at the Omni, then attendees will be responsible for their own transportation to the U.S. Department of Education. More details will be provided to confirmed meeting attendees.

We have crafted a program that will bring together leading policymakers, Congressional representatives, and researchers to share with you, hear from you and for all of us to learn together. There will be a blend of plenary sessions and breakouts sessions and opportunities for informal learning and networking.

We have invited speakers to address the following topics. As speakers are confirmed, we’ll be regularly updating the agenda online.

For more information about registration, hotel reservations and more CLICK HERE.
We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC!

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

By Ramona in Advance CTE Announcements, Meetings and Events

NASDCTEc Webinar Common Career Technical Core Progress Update Recording and Power Point Now Available

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

NASDCTEc is pleased to share the recording and Power Point from the webinar: Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) Progress Update that was broadcast January 31, 2013. The webinar was designed to share an update on the progress toward implementation and use of the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) through the planning and engagement phase.

Updated information about the gap analysis / alignment study process that will provide a state level policy scan, a pilot alignment study and a complete state-by-state gap analysis of CTE standards was provided as well. Attendees can hear from the collaborative partner about the timing and efforts to support information and implementation of the CCTC in the states as well as the proposed timeline of the study.

Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director of NASDCTEc, led the discussion.

Presentation Power Point
Presentation recording

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

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Please Welcome Ms. Kathleen Cullen, Wisconsin State Director

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

NASDCTEc is pleased to welcome Ms. Kathleen Cullen, new State Director of Wisconsin.

Ms. Cullen was named Vice President of Teaching and Learning for the Wisconsin Technical College System in 2005. Prior to that role she served first, as an Education Director for Family and Consumer Education and then, as the Associate Vice President for Instruction. Recently, with the appointment of a new President for the System, her title changed to Provost and Vice President of Student Success to reflect the importance of acknowledging the integration of instruction and student services. In her current position Kathy provides leadership and administrative oversight for the development and delivery of the WTCS technical college educational programs, student services and assessment, economic development and adult basic education.

Kathy’s responsibilities to provide administrative oversight for activities and plans related to Wisconsin’s post-secondary programs and services, including both AEFL and Perkins creates opportunities to partner with many entities in the state and nationally. For example, her work with Perkins is dependent upon successful collaboration with Wisconsin’s K-12 community and the Department of Public Instruction. She is currently a member of Wisconsin’s Career Readiness Partnership with a focus on implementation of the Common Core. Wisconsin is a leader in the development of Career Pathways, both for youth and adults and in that work she and her staff have reached out to numerous partners to include Wisconsin’s workforce development entities, community based organizations and both the private and public four year systems.

Ms. Cullen began her career in education as a Family and Consumer Education teacher but it was during the time she worked for the University of Wisconsin Extension that she fully realized her desire to work with adult education. Kathy has a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Education and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin Madison, with an emphasis on Adult Education. She has over 35 years of leadership experience in secondary and post-secondary education and looks forward to working with the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education and it prestigious membership.

We offer a warm welcome to Ms. Cullen, who can be reached at

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

By Ramona in Advance CTE State Director

Legislative Update: President Obama’s Inauguration; House Votes To Suspend Debt Limit

Friday, January 25th, 2013

President Obama’s Inauguration
This week saw the 57th Presidential inauguration and the second inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. As mandated by the 20th Amendment, President Obama was sworn in to begin his new term at noon on the 20th, but as that fell on a Sunday a public ceremony was also held on Monday. The inaugural theme was “Faith in America’s Future”, however two objects from the past also played a prominent role as Obama recited the oath of office while he placed his hand on bibles owned by Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln.

The inaugural speech itself referenced the importance of math and science; building roads, networks and research labs; the creation of sustainable energy sources; and the school reform movement. These issues are very closely linked with Career Technical Education (CTE), so the next four years look like being significant and exciting times in the CTE sphere.

House Votes to Suspend Debt Limit
Earlier this week, the House voted to suspend the nation’s debt limit thereby allowing the Treasury Department to ignore the $16.4 trillion cap on government borrowing. The measure would allow additional debt to be incurred in order to allow government to keep on functioning and making payments until May 18th, at which point the debt limit would reset at a higher level.

The House measure requires the Senate to pass a budget by April 15th or have their pay withheld and kept in escrow until the current Congressional term ends in 2015. Still on the horizon are the sequestration cuts, scheduled to come into effect on March 1st unless a deal can be reached between the two parties.

David Beckett, Advocacy Manager

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January CTE Monthly: Upcoming CTE Events; Report on Credentials

Friday, January 25th, 2013

CTE Monthly, a collaborative publication from the Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, features the latest news on Career Technical Education (CTE) from across the nation for CTE stakeholders and Members of Congress.

In the January edition, read more about:

View archived CTE Monthly newsletters and other resources on our Advocacy Tools Web page.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

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Citi Foundation & College Summit Launch Business Engagement in Education Report

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The Citi Foundation and College Summit, in partnership with the Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) yesterday launched a report on business engagement in education. The report details the importance of investing in human capital, both for our young people and to ensure the U.S. economy continues to thrive in the 21st Century. Indeed, as highlighted in the report, over the next decade the proportion of new jobs created across the economy that require postsecondary education and training is estimated to be over 60 percent, and this number is estimated to rise to 90 percent for occupations that are both high growth and high wage.

The launch itself, held at the Chamber of Commerce in DC, was attended by a number of speakers including Paula Harper, the Director of George Washington University’s Teachers in Industry Project; J.B. Schramm, the founder and CEO of College Summit; and Senator Marco Rubio. Senator Rubio talked of the importance of Career Technical Education (CTE) and highlighted a successful program in Florida where a high school worked in partnership with an auto-dealership so students were trained to become mechanics when they left school. The program helped support local business and created opportunities and jobs for young people who lived in the area and is a welcome illustration of the efficacy and importance of CTE.

The report can be found here.

David Beckett, Advocacy Manager

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NASDCTEc Launches Common Career Technical Core Alignment Study Across States

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

This week, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) launched an alignment study to compare the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) against state Career Technical Education (CTE) standards. The goal of the study is to assist states and territories in their effort to improve the quality of CTE programs. NASDCTEc is partnering with Global Skills Exchange (GSX) and The Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE) at The Ohio State University (OSU) to conduct the alignment study.

The CCTC is a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for CTE that states can adopt voluntarily. The CCTC, released in June 2012, was informed by state and industry standards and developed by a diverse group of teachers, business and industry experts, administrators and researchers.

The CCTC includes a set of standards for each of the 16 Career Clustersâ„¢ and supporting career pathways that encompass a comprehensive collection of industry-validated expectations of what students should know and be able to do after completing instruction in a program of study. The CCTC also includes an overarching set of Career Ready Practices that apply to all 16 Career Clustersâ„¢. The Career Ready Practices include 12 statements that address the knowledge, skills and dispositions that are important to becoming career ready.

NASDCTEc plans to publicly release the results of the alignment study in October 2013 during the fall membership meeting.

About NASDCTEc’s Partners

GSX was founded in 2003 to create a link between the world of work and the world of learning. Within education, GSX provides comprehensive solutions for educational institutions that strengthen the preparation of all students to meet the skills demand in the market economy. In collaboration with partners from industry and government, GSX develops solutions to drive the achievement of various student performance goals including college entry and completion, industry-based certification, gainful employment and career advancement. Using the context of regional labor market projections, GSX creates programmatic relevance for local K-16 education systems that prepares students to master skills in real time and for future demand. To learn more about GSX, visit <>.

OSU CETE is one of the United States’ leading institutions for workforce and career technical education and training. Established in 1965, CETE is a full-service organization whose mission is to facilitate workforce improvement by providing leadership, curriculum, information, professional development, program evaluation, and learner assessment products and services for public and private clients throughout the world. To learn more about OSU CETE, visit <>.

 Erin Uy, Communications & Marketing Manager










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CTE in the News: Philadelphia Commission Approves Plan to Boost CTE Across District

Friday, January 18th, 2013

A Philadelphia School Reform Commission this week approved a five-year plan to improve Career Technical Education (CTE) throughout the School District of Philadelphia by increasing access for students, opening a new state-of the-art CTE school, providing a district-wide curriculum for CTE, among other tactics, according to a Philadelphia Public Schools publication.

The intent of the plan is to increase the number of students who take CTE courses from 6,000 to 12,000 by 2017, guide students on a path to graduating with an industry credential and create new certification area, the publication noted.  Further, 30 new CTE programs in areas such as veterinary and pharmacy certifications, advanced manufacturing, biotechnology and renewable energy would be added.  However, the report notes that no specifics have been made on how the plan would be funded.

The plan can be found here:

Erin Uy, Communications & Marketing Manager

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New Report Highlights State Sector Strategies

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Sector strategies effectively unite employers from a given industry with other stakeholders – including government, education, training, economic development, labor, and community organizations – to identify and address the regional workforce needs of that industry. Career Technical Education (CTE), which inherently connects education and training with industry needs, is key to the success of sector strategies.

A new report from the National Skills Coalition, the National Governors Association, and the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, lays out a snapshot of states’ sector strategies today and actions that policymakers and state leaders can take to create and support sector strategies.

Reviews of the sector strategies show statistical support that this workforce training model improves participants’ employment opportunities and increases their wages. Sector strategies also address the skills gap by focusing resources on industries that align with job providers in the region, encouraging relationships between workforce programs and industry, and increasing alignment of state programs and resources.

More than half of states are considering or implementing sector strategies, and over one thousand sector partnerships across the country are already in place. For state leaders interested in creating or expanding sector strategies in their state, the report also provides suggestions on how to do so despite the current fiscal environment.

The full report can be accessed here.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

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Register Now for NASDCTEc Webinar on CTE Trend Analysis: Governance and Funding Issues from Across the Nation February 21

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Join us now for the February 2013 NASDCTEc Webinar: CTE Trend Analysis: Governance and Funding Issues from Across the Nation

Every other year, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (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 ClustersTM and Programs of Study, CTE Teacher/Faculty Shortages, Governance, and Funding. February’s webinar will focus on the final two synopsis papers: CTE Governance and CTE Funding.

Please join us as Kara Herbertson, NASDCTEc Research and Policy Manager, gives an overview of trends in these areas. Rich Katt, CTE State Director of Nebraska, will describe how his state successfully garnered support for state CTE funding through social media and CTE student organizations.

Register NOW

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 3 p.m. ET

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

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