Archive for February, 2013

Report: State Policy Approaches for Incentivizing CTE

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Career Technical Education (CTE) has become a top priority in education policy – receiving recognition from governors and members of Congress – because of its relevance to local, state, and national economies.

The Education Commission of the States (ECS), a group that facilitates the exchange of information among state policymakers and education leaders, released this month an issue brief describing how states are depending on CTE to address many issues – such as the skills gap and alignment of education with labor market needs – and what states are doing to incentivize the use of CTE. Some incentives include:

The report also draws attention to the integration of academic and technical courses and content through the Common Core State Standards and the reframing of dual enrollment programs to include CTE.

View the ECS issue brief here.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

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NASDCTEc Spring Meeting: Early Bird Registration Rate Deadline is March 4 – Register NOW

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

79px-Capitol_Washington_DCANNOUNCEMENT: the early bird registration rate for the 2013 NASDCTEc Spring Meeting, to be held in Washington, DC at the Omni Shoreham, is set to end March 4. After that date, regular registration rates will kick in.
To get the best rate, register now. Please share this information with anyone else you work with who is also considering attending the Spring Meeting.

More information:

• We have an updated Agenda for you
• Make your hotel reservations now. Our negotiated group rate will close March 22; after that date, you may not be guaranteed the special group rate.
• Register NOW

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 breakout sessions and opportunities for informal learning and networking.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager
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By Ramona in Advance CTE Spring Meeting, Meetings and Events

NCES Report: Half of All High Schools Offer Opportunities for Dual Credit in CTE

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Dual credit courses offer public high schools students the opportunity to take college-level courses and earn postsecondary credits while still in high school. A new report shows that most U.S. high schools are providing these opportunities for students, and many Career Technical Education (CTE) students are taking advantage to gain a head start into postsecondary education.

In Dual Credit and Exam-Based Courses in U.S. Public High Schools: 2010-11, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reveals that more than four out of five U.S. high schools report that their students are enrolled in dual credit courses. The report explores enrollment in dual credit courses, eligibility requirements for enrolling in dual credit courses, types of instructors in dual credit courses, and expenses paid by students and parents for dual credit courses. Findings include:

View our Dual Enrollment resource for more information on this topic.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager  

By Kara in Research

Legislative Update: House Democrats Introduce Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (H.R. 798); House Republicans Release Proposals to Reauthorize Workforce Investment Act

Monday, February 25th, 2013

House Democrats Introduce Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (H.R. 798)

In a recent move, Representatives John Tierney (D-MA), Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) and George Miller (D-CA) introduced the House Democrats’ plan to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) (titled Workforce Investment Act of 2013). WIA is a key piece of workforce policy that has been pending reauthorization since 2003.  The bill’s stated aims include promoting more effective coordination among local stakeholders such as business representatives, labor organizations, educational institutions, economic development agencies and community-based organizations. It also aims to increase the accountability of programs to taxpayers and to encourage innovation and best practices throughout the system.

The bill seeks to expand the role of community colleges in job training, engage youth through multiple pathways to success and to streamline and improve workforce program services. Further details are expected to emerge in the coming weeks, at which point the projected impact both on Career Technical Education policy and spending levels will become clearer.

House Republicans Release Proposals to Reauthorize Workforce Investment Act

Late last week, Representative Virginia Fox (R-NC) released a proposal to reform WIA on behalf of the Republicans. The proposals, termed the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act, will be formally introduced at a hearing, scheduled for 10am on February 25. The hearing, which will be broadcast live online here, aims to eliminate and streamline 35 employment and training programs and would create a Workforce Investment Fund to serve as a single source of support for employers, workers and job seekers. Carl D. Perkins Career Technical Education Act funding is not including as part of the 35 programs.

The proposals also seek to strengthen the role of employers in workforce training decisions by eliminating 19 federal mandates on Workforce Investment Board representation, it promotes accountability by establishing common performance measures, and it requires an independent evaluation of programs at least once every five years. Further details are expected to emerge at the hearing, where the effect on Career Technical Education should become more apparent.

David Beckett, Advocacy Manager

By David in Legislation

Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Releases New Papers

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways, a state-led initiative organized by the Center for Law and Social Policy, has released two working papers to help identify criteria that define high-quality career pathways and to create shared performance measures.

In the first paper, The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Approach: Developing Criteria and Metrics for Quality Career Pathways, a conceptual model is provided of career pathway state and local/regional systems and career pathways programs. The paper defines important terms, provides examples, and describes the Alliance’s approach to creating a framework for quality criteria and performance metrics.

The second paper, A Framework for Measuring Career Pathways Innovation, presents a framework for measurement and looks at key considerations when developing career pathway metrics including:

The working papers are part of a greater initiative to  identify benchmarks of high-quality career pathways and the most relevant metrics for measuring their success.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

By Kara in Publications, Resources

2013 Spring Meeting Agenda Now Posted on NASDCTEc Web Site

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Are you planning on attending the NASDCTEc Spring Meeeting and want to know what special sessions are being prepared for you? The agenda for this meeting is now posted online.

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.
More information

Hotel rooms should be reserved at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, details below, 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.

NOTE: Early bird registration is ending March 4!

Registration Rates
•Member on or before March 4, 2013: $450.00
•Non-member on or before March 4, 2013: $625.00
•Member after March 4, 2013: $550.00
•Non-member after March 4, 2013: $725.00

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Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

By Ramona in Advance CTE Spring Meeting, Meetings and Events

February CTE Monthly: CTE Month; Report on Student Engagement

Friday, February 22nd, 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 February edition, read more about:

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

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

By Kara in Advance CTE Resources, News

New NASDCTEc Publications: CTE Trend Analysis: Governance and Funding

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Every other year, 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 Clusters™ and Programs of Study, CTE Teacher/Faculty Shortages, Governance, and Funding.

Today, NASDCTEc released the final two issue briefs in this series:

2012 Synopsis of CTE Trends: Governance

CTE programs are offered in a variety of settings including comprehensive high schools, middle schools, area technical centers, and four-year universities. Within these institutions, the level of CTE programs offered ranges from exploratory to in-depth. With such a wide variety of learners served through many types of institutions, state governance of CTE programs is understandably complex and varies considerably from state to state.

2012 Synopsis of CTE Trends: Funding

Despite budget shortfalls, states such as Nebraska are leveraging students’ voices to show state legislators the importance of funding CTE. While long-term projections on Perkins funding levels are uncertain – due in part to issues like sequestration – a vigilant focus on high-quality CTE programs, data-driven decision making, and return on investment will best position CTE to ward off as many additional funding cuts as possible.

An archived webinar on these two topics is available here.

Stay tuned for more information on a NASDCTEc Legislative Update webinar on Monday, March 25th at 3:00 pm ET.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

By Kara in Advance CTE Resources, Publications, Webinars

Legislative Update: State of the Union; Plan For A Strong Middle Class & Strong America

Monday, February 18th, 2013
State of the Union

Last week, President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech which included many promising aspects for the Career Technical Education (CTE) community and can be viewed here. The President spoke of the importance of ensuring that a high school diploma puts America’s young people on a path to a good job and spoke glowingly of the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in New York which does just that. P-TECH works in partnership with New York Public Schools, the City University of New York and IBM to ensure their students graduate with both a high school diploma and an associates degree in computing or engineering. The President also spoke of equipping high school graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy by rewarding schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers and create classes that focus on the skills employers are looking for to fill jobs now and in the future.

And in a night which saw bipartisan support for the benefits of CTE, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) also focused on issues important to NASDCTEc. In his role speaking for the Republicans to respond to President Obama, Senator Rubio spoke of incentivizing school districts to offer more vocational and career training and building an education system that gives people the skills today’s jobs entail and the knowledge that tomorrow’s world will require.

With each party focusing on the importance of CTE and the role it will play in our future, there are positive signs that this renewed focus will result in a welcome prioritization for CTE issues, which can only be a good thing with reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career Technical Education Act not far away.  We are hopeful that the priorities laid out in the State of the Union will be reflected in the President’s budget proposal, due out next month, as well as Congressional support for Perkins reauthorization. NASDCTEc will be carefully monitoring the flurry of Congressional and Administration proposals likely to come from tonight’s speeches.

Plan For A Strong Middle Class & Strong America

Following on from his State of the Union address, President Obama released his blueprint to drive America’s economic growth. Key to the proposals is the acknowledgement that education and job training strengthen the middle class and prepare young people to compete in the global economy. This was reflected in the proposal to modernize America’s high schools for real-world learning. A new competition was launched which aims to reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers and provide learning in skills that today’s employers are demanding to fill jobs.

Also of note is the President’s proposal to strengthen and reform federal investment in CTE to better align programs with the needs of employers and with the demands of higher education. Again, more details are required in order to determine how this will affect funding and policy in CTE, but this will become clearer when the President’s budget is released next month. The report is available online and can be found here.


David Beckett, Advocacy Manager

By David in Legislation, Public Policy, Publications

State of the State Addresses: CTE a Priority for Governors in IN, RI, WY

Friday, February 15th, 2013

“The time has come to make career, technical and vocational education a priority in every high school in Indiana.” – Indiana Governor Mike Pence

Since the start of the new year, governors in each state have delivered state of the state addresses to provide an update on state priorities for the upcoming year. Unsurprisingly, many governors plan to prioritize education issues. But many governors, such as Indiana Governor Mike Pence, have also specifically identified Career Technical Education (CTE) as a critical area of focus for their states.

Indiana – Governor Mike Pence

“Career and technical education can provide our students with a pathway to success. It can launch entrepreneurs, give kids a reason to finish high school, and create a well-qualified workforce that will encourage business to build here and grow here. We have to give our kids, our future, every opportunity for success. That means quality schools, choices about their education and multiple pathways to success.”

Governor Pence wants to expand CTE in Indiana, and encourages greater collaboration between agencies to do so. In his state of the state address, Pence proposes creation of Regional Works Councils to help bridge the barriers between education and businesses. The Councils would assist with the creation of “regional, demand-driven curricula to bring high-paying career options to more Hoosiers in high school.”

Watch Governor Pence’s full address.

Rhode Island – Governor Lincoln Chafee

“Rhode Islanders looking for work need to be ready not only for today’s economy, but for the economy of tomorrow. And Rhode Island employers looking to hire or expand need to have confidence that there will be qualified candidates to fill available positions.”

Governor Chafee recognizes the need to connect secondary education with postsecondary education and the workforce. As part of his commitment to preparing students to the fullest extent, he has allocated in this year’s budget over $14 million to support repairs at Rhode Island’s CTE facilities.

Chafee also proposed no tuition increases for students at the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the University of Rhode Island, as well as a $6 million increase for higher education. He also proposes $3 million in new state support for workforce development initiatives.

Watch Governor Chafee’s full address.

Wyoming – Governor Matthew Mead

“We recognize in Wyoming the importance of higher education whether it is a four-year or two-year degree. And we also recognize the value of career and technical education.”

Governor Mead lists CTE as one of his priorities for education in Wyoming, along with issues such as high school graduation rates, charter schools, and minimizing the potential for school violence.

“I would like to recognize those with technical training who roll up their sleeves every day to do the hard work. We too often take their contribution for granted. Our plumbers, welders, technicians, custodians, carpenters, heavy equipment operators – these are the people who do not always get the credit they deserve in building our state.”

Read Governor Mead’s full address.

Governors Pence, Chafee, and Mead are just three of the many governors who plan to prioritize CTE-related issues over the next year. Next week, NASDCTEc will highlight governors’ addresses that focus on partnerships, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and other CTE-related issues.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager
David Beckett, Advocacy Manager 

By Kara in News, Public Policy