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OVAE Announces Goals for 2011-12

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Last month the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) at the U.S. Department of Education announced that in 2011 they will be focused on the several key areas in an effort to link education and economic opportunity. First, OVAE will work to support rigorous programs of study, funded by the Carl D. Perkins Act, that prepare young people for college and careers through postsecondary credentials completion. Second, they will serve 93 million adults in the U.S. whose basic or below-basic literacy levels limit their career opportunities, through funding from WIA Title II and the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. And finally, OVAE will improve the capacity of community colleges to meet today’s education and labor market demands.

To achieve these ends, OVAE has developed three goals for 2011–12:

1.      All youths and adults are ready for, have access to, and complete college and career pathways.

2.      All youths and adult students have effective teachers and leaders.

3.      All youths and adult students have equitable access to high-quality learning opportunities on demand.

“Enhancing our approach to career and technical education to prepare students for high-growth careers, we are particularly supportive of rigorous, relevant programs of study that span the secondary and postsecondary systems and that apply classroom-based instruction and work-based learning to meet academic, employability, and technical industry standards. This systemic approach relies on partnerships among K–12 schools, institutions of higher education, and employers.”

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NASDCTEc Fall Meeting: OVAE Holds Perkins Listening Session

Friday, November 5th, 2010

The concluding session at last week’s Fall Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland was a listening session on Perkins reauthorization, moderated by Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, Brenda Dann-Messier, and Sharon Miller, the director of the Division of Academic and Technical Education. Assistant Secretary Dann-Messier told the attendees that this listening session was going to be the start of a national conversation about Perkins reauthorization. She and her staff plan to host a series of listening sessions that will conclude at NASDCTEc’s Spring meeting in April 2011. She also said OVAE is soliciting feedback and comments from the public about Perkins reauthorization at

The session was structured around four topic areas: Programs of Study, secondary to postsecondary transitions, performance measures, and whether there should be more specific or common measures and definitions, including regulations.

Programs of Study

o   Need to better engage postsecondary, but Perkins does not mandate secondary and postsecondary collaboration

o   Need a clear definition of POS

o   Not all community colleges offer all POS, so it can be limiting for students

o   It is also limiting for students that many four-year colleges do not accept credit from two-year institutions

Secondary to Postsecondary Transitions

o   Two-year schools are struggling to get four-year schools to accept credit

o   Not all states have statewide articulation agreements

o   As more and mores students flood into community colleges, there is less of a priority in serving high school students through articulation agreements and dual enrollment

Performance Measures

o   Academic attainment at secondary level – because students are often tested before 11th grade (when most students begin CTE), it is tough to the impact of CTE on academic attainment

o   Certificate completion at postsecondary level – the results go to the students, and it is hard for states to track this information

o   Technical skill attainment at secondary level – this is tough to measure, and is not always appropriate at the secondary level

o   Placement at the secondary level – tough to track because of FERPA restrictions on collecting data

Common measures/definitions and regulations

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Department of Education Announces RPOS Winners

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the six winning states of the Promoting Rigorous Career and Technical Education Programs of Study grants. The grants are aimed at improving state and local development and implementation of rigorous programs of study.Each winning state will develop and implement a program of study in a specific discipline or set of disciplines:

The grants will be awarded for up to four years. Approximately $1.5 million is available for the first year, while funding for years 2 through 4 is subject to the availability of funds and to a grantee meeting the requirements of its grant award. For more information and grant amounts for the first year, please read:

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Cummings to Resign from OVAE

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

The U.S. Decummings_lgpartment of Education has officially confirmed the resignation of Glenn Cummings, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE). Cummings leaves ED to join Good Will-Hinckley Home for Boys & Girls in Maine, as the new president and executive director.

Good Will-Hinckley is an organization providing a home and support to underprivileged adolescents in Maine. Traditionally, this organization works to help youth facing academic, social, behavioral, and emotional challenges.

In a recent statement released by Good Will-Hinckley, Cummings said, “I was honored to be part of an administration that is 100 percent committed to making education work for every student in this country, no matter the student’s background or the obstacles he or she faces.”

While his official last day has not yet been released, the statement from Good Will-Hinckley notes that Cummings will assume his responsibilities with their organization this September.

Appointed to his position at OVAE in April 2009, Cummings manages a $1.9 annual budget that works to improve adult education, access to community colleges and career training for K-12. Prior to his work with OVAE, Cummings acted as the dean of institutional advancement at Southern Maine Community College and was the Speaker of the House for the Maine House of Representatives.

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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.

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ACTE Leadership Forum Focuses on Preparing the Future Workforce

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Yesterday ACTE hosted a National Leadership Forum to discuss policy and practice around preparing today’s students for the workforce.  Topics included skills attainment, CTE’s role in economic development, certifications and assessments, and federal policy.

Glenn Cummings, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Vocational and Adult Education, outlined the Administration’s goals for preparing students:

Kelly Hastings from Senator Michael Enzi’s (WY) office talked about the urgent need for WIA reauthorization this year. Despite the scant attention paid to WIA, Senator Enzi is passionate about it and is optimistic that it could be reauthorized this year. Among his priorities are: a dual customer approach, better coordination across the four titles of WIA, innovation, and flexibility. She stated that there would not be “wholesale change” of WIA in the next reauthorization, but that Congress will tweak the existing law to meet the needs to today’s workforce.

Congressman Ruben Hinojosa, chair of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and hinojosaphoto_highresCompetitiveness, joined us during lunch to offer his perspective. He spoke about being elected to Congress from a district with a 23% unemployment rate 16 years ago and a current unemployment rate of 6%.  He credits the investment in human capital and education for the dramatic decline in unemployment.

If there was one point that I heard over and over from several speakers it was that during a time of 9% unemployment there are jobs going unfilled because of the lack of skilled workers.  CTE is a means to develop pathways of education and training to get people appropriately matched to these jobs.  At a time when 15 million people in this country are unemployed, no job should remain unfilled.

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OVAE Connection Newsletter Updates CTE Community

Friday, May 21st, 2010

New weekly newsletter from OVAE, called “OVAE Connection”: a new electronic newsletter published by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education will provide information to state officials involved in adult education, career technical education (CTE), and community colleges, as well as to practitioners, researchers, education groups and others interested in community colleges, CTE, and adult education. To subscribe, please contact Peirce Hammond or go to

Weekly edition archives can be found at

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Data Quality Institute Posts Preliminary Outline, Shares Topics Being Considered

Friday, May 7th, 2010

According to the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network (PCRN), the 2010 Data Quality Institute (DQI) will be ‘virtual,’ spreading out over a several week time period in late 2010, rather than concentrated into a single block of 1 1/2 to 2 days. Content will be offered via general strands, with sessions currently in consideration that include:

Refer to the PCRN Web site for more information.

PCRN is a resource of the Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE),  within the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE).

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NASDCTEc Concludes Spring Meeting, Embarks on New Vision

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Vision signedNASDCTEc wrapped up a momentous Spring Meeting this week and kicked off its new vision with the support of members, partners, and, in particular, the Office of Vocational and Adult Education. While the campaign to gain support for and implement the vision has just started, the momentum brought on by the discussions and brainstorm sessions will likely only increase as efforts move forward.

OVAE Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier called NASDCTEc’s new vision document, Reflect, Transform, Lead: A New Vision for CTE, an “extraordinary step forward.”Brenda

“I pledge to you whatever I can to help this vision become a reality,” she said.

A range of OVAE officials expressed their support, noting the potential the value they recognize CTE has in a range of legislation and policies outside of Perkins. That includes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Workforce Investment Act and the Race to the Top Fund. The sentiments reflect NASDCTEc’s new vision, which broadens the scope of CTE’s reach and more clearly connects CTE with college and career readiness – a topic that is present in nearly all education efforts. Clearly, we have the potential for a mutually-rewarding relationship.

WorkingAnd work is already underway. During the meeting, State Directors and partners participated in working sessions to create plans to implement the new vision in their state or within their organizations. NASDCTEc is in the process of developing a comprehensive plan that will lead our organization to successfully achieving the aspirations of our new vision. This is just the beginning.

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Frank Chong Named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

chongThis week, Dr. Frank Chong began serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges at the United States Department of Education. This office is housed within the Office of Vocational and Adult Education.

Dr. Chong had served as president of Laney College in Oakland, California since July, 2006. Dr. Chong also served as President of Mission Community College in Santa Clara, California and was also Dean of Student Affairs at City College of San Francisco. Before getting into community college administration Dr. Chong was special assistant to the Speaker of the California State Assembly, Willie L. Brown, Jr. Adding to Dr. Chong’s understanding of education issues he also served as an elected member of the San Francisco Board of Education.

Dr. Chong received a B.A. in Social Welfare and Asian American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration, Leadership and Technology from Dowling College.

We look forward to working with Dr. Chong and the rest of the leadership team at OVAE to reinforce the important work CTE programs are doing across the country to provide students with the skills they need to be successful in their educational journey and in the workforce.

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