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  • Career and Technical Education Leaders Respond to Department of Education Perkins Blueprint « NASDCTEc Blog
    Career Cluster Institute Archived Career Cluster Institutes Webinars Archived Webinars Newsletters Members Membership Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee NASDCTEc Welcomes Dr Philip Cleveland New State Director for Alabama Department s Perkins Reauthorization Proposal Raises Questions and Concerns Career and Technical Education Leaders Respond to Department of Education Perkins Blueprint Yesterday afternoon at Des Moines Area Community College Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released the Administration s proposal for Perkins reauthorization NASDCTEc together with ACTE issued a statement immediately following the release ALEXANDRIA VA On April 19 2012 Secretary of Education Arne Duncan unveiled Investing in America s Future A Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education outlining the Obama Administration s proposal for reauthorizing the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Perkins The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc and the Association for Career and Technical Education ACTE appreciate the Department s focus on Perkins and Career and Technical Education CTE at a time when many industries face a shortage of well qualified skilled workers However some of the details in the Blueprint raise serious concerns While we support the themes encompassed in the Perkins Blueprint alignment collaboration accountability and innovation we worry that the details in the Blueprint could have an adverse affect on CTE programs and result in decreased inequitable student access to high quality CTE programs As the reauthorization process moves forward CTE stakeholders across the country are looking forward to providing input to develop a new law that will best meet the needs of CTE students and our nation s economy We believe that a new CTE law should provide sufficient resources to ensure that all students have access to high quality CTE beginning early in a student s education with career awareness and broad knowledge and building pathways to more specific career readiness skills through connections among secondary education postsecondary education and the labor market To achieve this goal we believe it is critical that the new law focus on improving program quality by building the capacity of secondary and postsecondary educational institutions to prepare all students for success in current and emerging in demand career pathways Recent data prove that CTE is making the difference in the lives of students in communities and for businesses all across our nation We are eager to work with the Department of Education the Obama Administration and Congress to develop federal policy and legislation that builds on strengths expands opportunities and access for more students to be successful in college and careers and helps keep our nation s economy strong and prosperous Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager Tags federal legislation future Legislation Perkins Public Policy Secondary Secretary Duncan This entry was posted on Friday April 20th 2012 at 6 08 am and is filed under Legislation News Public Policy You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings

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  • Cyber Patriot Competition Promotes STEM Opportunity « NASDCTEc Blog
    Lee Burket NASDCTEc Region III Board Representative Upcoming NASDCTEc Webinar Investment in CTE Linkages to Greater Earnings Higher Employability and Positive Benefit Cost Ratio Cyber Patriot Competition Promotes STEM Opportunity The Air Force Association AFA is providing a premiere national high school cyber defense competition that is designed to give hands on exposure to the foundations of cyber security CyberPatriot is not designed to be a hacking competition but rather the goal is to excite students about Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM education The first CyberPatriot games took place in 2009 at AFA s 25th Annual Air Warfare Symposium where seven Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps AFJROTC teams and one Civil Air Patrol CAP team from the greater Orlando area competed The event has grown since that time to include not only JRTOC and CAP units but has expanded to include an open division that is open to teams from accredited public or private institutions or a registered home school association A CyberPatriot team consists of five students and up to five alternates with each team having a coach The students must be at least 13 years old and enrolled in grades 9 12 The teams will have mentors technical advisors to help students prepare for the competition and the CyberPatriot program works with coaches to find mentors for their team The competition uses virtual machines and tests the students abilities to identify several security vulnerabilities within a certain amount of time The teams successful in three rounds of competition ultimately compete in the National Championships held in Washington DC Registration for the competition ends October 8 2011 More information about the competition the history and the goals can be found at http www uscyberpartriot org Dean Folkers Deputy Executive Director Tags future STEM This entry was

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  • Secretary Duncan Hails CTE During National Roundtable Event « NASDCTEc Blog
    and Career Readiness Effective Models On Demand Webinars CTE Videos Research from the Field News Events Newsroom Press Releases NASDCTEc Meetings 2014 Spring Meeting 2014 Fall Meeting Archived NASDCTEc Meetings Achieving Excellence in CTE Career Cluster Institute Archived Career Cluster Institutes Webinars Archived Webinars Newsletters Members Membership Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee House Budget Proposal Would Cost 1 Million Jobs Say Democrats College Dropout Factories Stay Open Despite Poor Graduation Rates Secretary Duncan Hails CTE During National Roundtable Event On Thursday the Obama Administration hosted a series of roundtables on topics that were highlighted in the President s State of the Union Address Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sat down to answer questions from the public about education issues Among the issues that were raised were how to balance the reform agenda with state budget shortfalls Obama s plan for a new ESEA how to foster critical thinking in a time of multiple choice tests and college access and affordability At the 29 minute mark a participant from Jersey City NJ asked Why have high schools abandoned vo tech programs Plumbers electricians carpenters auto mechanics all make decent livings yet our schools do not offer young people proper education in these fields These are the kids who choose to dropout Duncan admitted that the United States probably did a better job in the career technical training 30 40 years ago and somehow we lost our way a bit there He went on to say that we need to invest in both the careers mentioned in the question as well as new careers that are needed in this technologically advanced age He went on to say that the debate about college or careers is a false one students need both to be successful By giving students the choice of both college and careers as early as high school and middle school we can help keep them engaged before they drop out and help them to figure out the right path to reach their goals Secretary Duncan s response was noteworthy because he used the term career technical training rather than vocational education as he has in many of his previous speeches and statements This shows the progress that Secretary has made over the last two years in educating himself about CTE and that he sees it as something beyond the vocational education programs of the past Tags budget college and career readiness dropouts future Job training Post Secondary Access and Affordability president Secondary Secretary Duncan technology This entry was posted on Monday January 31st 2011 at 2 15 pm and is filed under Public Policy You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed Comments are closed Series This Week in CTE Legislative Updates State CTE Policy Updates CTE Research Review Friends of CTE Blog Series Inside International CTE Archives Select Month January 2016 2

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  • dropouts « NASDCTEc Blog
    to dropout Duncan admitted that the United States probably did a better job in the career technical training 30 40 years ago and somehow we lost our way a bit there He went on to say that we need to invest in both the careers mentioned in the question as well as new careers that are needed in this technologically advanced age He went on to say that the debate about college or careers is a false one students need both to be successful By giving students the choice of both college and careers as early as high school and middle school we can help keep them engaged before they drop out and help them to figure out the right path to reach their goals Secretary Duncan s response was noteworthy because he used the term career technical training rather than vocational education as he has in many of his previous speeches and statements This shows the progress that Secretary has made over the last two years in educating himself about CTE and that he sees it as something beyond the vocational education programs of the past By Nancy in Public Policy Tags budget college and career readiness dropouts future Job training Post Secondary Access and Affordability president Secondary Secretary Duncan technology Legislative Update SECTORS Act DIPLOMA Act Veterans Training Bill Friday July 23rd 2010 SECTORS Act Passes House with Bipartisan Support Earlier this week House of Representatives passed H R 1855 the Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success SECTORS Act on a unanimous voice vote The bill is sponsored by Representatives Loebsack IA and Platts PA in the House and Senators Brown OH Murray WA and Snowe ME in the Senate The SECTORS Act would amend the Workforce Investment Act and establishes a new Industry or Sector Partnership Grant program administered by the U S Department of Labor Grants would allow recipients to establish or expand industry or sector partnerships that lead collaborative planning resource alignment and training efforts across multiple firms for current and potential workers within the targeted industry cluster The bill must now be approved by the Senate You can reach your Senator at 202 224 3121 to voice your support DIPLOMA Act Aims to Increase College and Career Readiness Sen Sherrod Brown OH introduced S 3595 the Developing Innovative Partnerships and Learning Opportunities that Motivate Achievement DIPLOMA Act which aims to strengthen student achievement and graduation rates and prepare young people for college careers and citizenship through innovative partnerships that meet the comprehensive needs of children and youth States would receive funding that would be used in part to administer competitive grants to local consortia to assess community needs coordinate existing funding streams and provide services Career technical education is specifically mentioned as a permissible of funds by the local consortia Among the other permissible use of funds allowed by this bill are multiple pathways to graduation including dual enrollment programs early college high schools dropout prevention strategies and dropout recovery strategies job training

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  • technology « NASDCTEc Blog
    a new report The HR Policy Association an organization representing the chief human resource officers of major employers produced the report to lay out specific changes to ensure the competitiveness of the American workforce and fulfilling careers for job seekers The organization s members recommend the following changes that can be addressed through CTE Increase education training and skill development for the 21 st century workplace Provide students with greater understanding of career expectations Advance science technology engineering and math STEM skill attainment Increase collaboration among employers educators and the government The report states that Americans are not being educated in sufficient numbers to meet the demands of today s highly technical work processes and products Our country increasingly relies upon ever changing technology and workers need skills to develop repair and maintain it CTE provides a solution Comprehensive CTE programs prepare students to be college and career ready and to effectively fill vacancies for skilled jobs By Kara in News Resources Tags business and industry global competition human resources Job training skills gap STEM technology workforce Secretary Duncan Hails CTE During National Roundtable Event Monday January 31st 2011 On Thursday the Obama Administration hosted a series of roundtables on topics that were highlighted in the President s State of the Union Address Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sat down to answer questions from the public about education issues Among the issues that were raised were how to balance the reform agenda with state budget shortfalls Obama s plan for a new ESEA how to foster critical thinking in a time of multiple choice tests and college access and affordability At the 29 minute mark a participant from Jersey City NJ asked Why have high schools abandoned vo tech programs Plumbers electricians carpenters auto mechanics all make decent livings yet our schools do not offer young people proper education in these fields These are the kids who choose to dropout Duncan admitted that the United States probably did a better job in the career technical training 30 40 years ago and somehow we lost our way a bit there He went on to say that we need to invest in both the careers mentioned in the question as well as new careers that are needed in this technologically advanced age He went on to say that the debate about college or careers is a false one students need both to be successful By giving students the choice of both college and careers as early as high school and middle school we can help keep them engaged before they drop out and help them to figure out the right path to reach their goals Secretary Duncan s response was noteworthy because he used the term career technical training rather than vocational education as he has in many of his previous speeches and statements This shows the progress that Secretary has made over the last two years in educating himself about CTE and that he sees it as something beyond the vocational

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  • Legislative Update: Veterans’ Training Bill, Appropriations, America COMPETES « NASDCTEc Blog
    Webinars Newsletters Members Membership Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee CR Clarifies Definition of Highly Qualified Teacher Tireless CTE Advocates Honored at Convention Legislative Update Veterans Training Bill Appropriations America COMPETES Veterans Training Bill Passed Expands Eligibility to Area CTE Centers Late last week the House passed the Post 9 11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 by a vote of 409 3 after it was cleared by unanimous consent in the Senate earlier in the week The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature This bill will allow veterans to use their benefits at educational institutions that do not award associate or higher degrees such as area career technical schools career schools and apprenticeship programs This would be a change from the current Post 9 11 GI Bill which does not allow participants to use funds at a non degree granting institution The new eligibility provisions will go into effect on October 1 2011 This is a tremendous victory for CTE and a recognition of the high quality programs that our area CTE centers offer Congress Passes Short Term Continuing Resolution The House on Tuesday passed a continuing resolution CR by a vote of 193 to 165 that would fund the government and all federal programs at FY10 levels through March 4 The Senate approved the bill earlier on Tuesday by a vote of 79 16 With the shift in power in the House and the weakened Democratic hold over the Senate there is sure to be a more partisan fight over spending as expiration of the CR draws near in March Soon to be Speaker of the House John Boehner Ohio has already said that he wants to roll back federal spending to 2008 levels America COMPETES Act Passed by Congress The House this week passed the America COMPETES Act by a vote of 228 to 130 after it was approved by unanimous consent in the Senate last week The bill now heads to President Obama for his signature The goal of the bill is to improve the competitiveness of the United States by investing in innovation through research and development There are a variety of provisions in the bill that will impact STEM education such as the coordination of federal STEM education efforts grants to increase the number of STEM teachers and other improvements in STEM education Because Congress wanted to pass this bill before the current session of Congress ends the House had little choice but to accept the Senate version of the bill which scales back funding from the original House bill and reauthorizes the bill for three years instead of five Tags appropriations area CTE schools budget Congress federal legislation funding future global competition Job training postsecondary president Secondary STEM veterans This entry was posted on Wednesday December 22nd 2010 at 8 34 am and is filed under Legislation You can follow any responses to this entry through

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  • area CTE schools « NASDCTEc Blog
    193 to 165 that would fund the government and all federal programs at FY10 levels through March 4 The Senate approved the bill earlier on Tuesday by a vote of 79 16 With the shift in power in the House and the weakened Democratic hold over the Senate there is sure to be a more partisan fight over spending as expiration of the CR draws near in March Soon to be Speaker of the House John Boehner Ohio has already said that he wants to roll back federal spending to 2008 levels America COMPETES Act Passed by Congress The House this week passed the America COMPETES Act by a vote of 228 to 130 after it was approved by unanimous consent in the Senate last week The bill now heads to President Obama for his signature The goal of the bill is to improve the competitiveness of the United States by investing in innovation through research and development There are a variety of provisions in the bill that will impact STEM education such as the coordination of federal STEM education efforts grants to increase the number of STEM teachers and other improvements in STEM education Because Congress wanted to pass this bill before the current session of Congress ends the House had little choice but to accept the Senate version of the bill which scales back funding from the original House bill and reauthorizes the bill for three years instead of five By Nancy in Legislation Tags appropriations area CTE schools budget Congress federal legislation funding future global competition Job training postsecondary president Secondary STEM veterans Legislative Update Budget Resolution Veterans Training Friday April 23rd 2010 Senate Budget Resolution Markup Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad released his fiscal 2011 budget resolution summary here on Tuesday The resolution is 4 billion below President Obama s discretionary spending request and includes reconciliation instructions to the Finance Committee to reduce the deficit by 2 billion in fiscal 2011 The Budget Committee held a markup of the resolution on Wednesday and Thursday Budget resolutions are non binding congressional blueprints that set spending and revenue goals and made budget deficit predictions It would be up to the Appropriations Committee to decide which programs to cut the 4 billion from The Senate will next address the financial reform bill so it appears the Budget Resolution will not come up on the floor for a couple of weeks Conrad said the Committee report would be filed on Monday No word yet when the House Budget Committee may markup but it could be as early as next week Senate Veterans Affairs Hearing on Post 9 11 GI Bill On Wednesday the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs held a hearing to discuss the implementation of the Post 9 11 GI bill Committee Chair Senator Daniel Akaka intends to introduce a bill before Memorial Day to make corrections and improvements to the program Witnesses from both the American Legion and the National Association of State Approving Agencies suggested the

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  • New Report Shows Slight Increase in State Budgets for FY 2011 « NASDCTEc Blog
    Demand Webinars CTE Videos Research from the Field News Events Newsroom Press Releases NASDCTEc Meetings 2014 Spring Meeting 2014 Fall Meeting Archived NASDCTEc Meetings Achieving Excellence in CTE Career Cluster Institute Archived Career Cluster Institutes Webinars Archived Webinars Newsletters Members Membership Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee What s in a Name For Sanford Regional Technical Center in Maine a Name Change Reflects Who They are Today ACT Inc Finds That Most Students Today Would Not Meet Common Standards New Report Shows Slight Increase in State Budgets for FY 2011 A report by the National Governors Association NGA and the National Association of State Budget Officers NASBO indicates a small glimmer of hope for state budgets in fiscal year 2011 The Fiscal Survey of States found that after two of the most challenging years for state budgets 2011 will present a slight improvement over fiscal 2010 General Fund spending declined by 7 3 percent in fiscal 2010 but is expected to increase based on states enacted budgets by 5 3 percent in fiscal 2011 However even with this increase General Fund spending in 2011 will be 42 billion or 6 2 percent lower than fiscal year 2008 General Fund revenues declined 2 5 percent in 2010 States are projecting a 4 4 percent increase in General Fund revenue collections in 2011 However even with this General Fund revenue increase revenues for 2011 are 43 7 billion or 6 5 percent below fiscal 2008 levels Adding to the stress on state budgets the report points out that fiscal year 2012 marks the beginning of the end of state funding that had been made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Even with a slight improvement over fiscal 2010 fiscal 2011 is expected to be another very difficult fiscal year for states said NGA Executive Director Raymond C Scheppach Spending and revenue is unlikely to return to pre recession until 2013 or 2014 Since the recession began states have had significant revenue declines and in order to balance their budgets have made significant cuts and in some cases enacted tax and fee increases The end of Recovery Act funding in 2012 along with the growing pension liability and the rise of Medicaid enrollment could further exacerbate the already tight fiscal conditions Finally the potential impact of health care reform in 2014 is a real unknown at this time The field survey on which this report is based was conducted by NASBO from August through October 2010 Tags budget funding future Public Policy This entry was posted on Tuesday December 7th 2010 at 1 36 pm and is filed under Public Policy You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed Comments are closed Series This Week in CTE Legislative Updates State CTE Policy Updates CTE Research Review Friends of CTE Blog Series Inside International CTE Archives

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