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  • Legislative Update: Budget, NCLB Waivers, ESEA « NASDCTEc Blog
    CT sent a letter this week to Jeffrey Zients Director of the Office of Management and Budget asking him to maintain FY12 Perkins Act funding for CTE programs in FY13 President Obama is scheduled to release his budget on Monday and we hope that support from these Senators will encourage the Administration to maintain Perkins funding After the President releases his budget Congress will begin work on their budgets and start the appropriations process Members of both the House and Senate have expressed interest in drafting Dear Colleague letters to their respective chambers to garner support for Perkins Act funding Ten States Receive NCLB Waivers President Obama this week announced that ten states will receive waivers for No Child Left Behind NCLB requirements so long as they implement college and career ready standards and reform their accountability systems The ten states are Colorado Florida Georgia Indiana Kentucky Massachusetts Minnesota New Jersey Oklahoma and Tennessee States receiving waivers no longer have to meet 2014 performance targets set by NCLB but must set new performance targets for improving student achievement and closing achievement gaps After waiting far too long for Congress to reform No Child Left Behind my Administration is giving states the opportunity to set higher more honest standards in exchange for more flexibility said President Obama Today we re giving 10 states the green light to continue making reforms that are best for them Because if we re serious about helping our children reach their potential the best ideas aren t going to come from Washington alone Our job is to harness those ideas and to hold states and schools accountable for making them work Twenty eight other states as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia have indicated that they will seek waivers later this spring Additional materials can be found here http www ed gov esea flexibility House ESEA Bills Include CTE Provisions Last month the House Education and the Workforce Committee released discussion drafts of two ESEA reauthorization bills Yesterday Committee Chairman John Kline MN formally introduced the bills the Student Success Act and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act We worked with Congressional staff as well as other policy groups to get elements of the Education for Tomorrow s Jobs Act a bill we told you about in the fall included in both bills In the Student Success Act grantees local plans will have to include a description of how they use funds to support programs that coordinate and integrate career and technical education aligned with state technical standards that promote skills attainment important to in demand occupations or industries in the state and the state s academic standards and work based learning opportunities that provide students in depth interaction with industry professionals The Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act allows locals to use funds professional development for teachers and school leaders that is evidence based job embedded and continuous such as professional development on integrated interdisciplinary and project based teaching strategies including

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  • community colleges « NASDCTEc Blog
    that exist today Governor Romney explained that his plan for economic recovery would include streamlining workforce training programs He referenced the finding from a GAO report that there are 47 job training programs including Perkins according to GAO reporting to eight different federal agencies Romney suggested that these programs would be better managed at the state level saying Overhead is overwhelming We ve got to get those dollars back to the states and go to the workers so they can create their own pathways to get in the training they need for jobs that will really help them Lehrer then moved on to how each candidate would tackle the growing deficit Romney said that firstly he would apply the following test to all federal programs Is the program so critical it s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it And if not he would eliminate it Second he would move programs that he believes could be run more efficiently at the state level and send them to the state Finally he would increase government efficiency by reducing the number of employees and combining some agencies and departments President Obama stated that in addition to raising revenues he would cut programs that are not helping the economy grow He pointed out his Administration has already eliminated a number of federal programs including 18 ineffective education programs In response to a question about the role of the federal government in public education Governor Romney said that he thinks that federal education funds should follow the student allowing parents to decide where to send their child to school President Obama stated that the great work being done by community colleges with business support to train people for jobs also requires some federal support Obama and Romney then sparred over budget proposals and how they can impact choices about support for federal education programs Obama questioned how Romney would be able to pay for his support of education programs when his running mate Rep Paul Ryan s budget proposal would cut federal education spending by 20 percent Romney countered by saying I m not going to cut education funding I don t have any plan to cut education funding and and grants that go to people going to college I don t want to cut our commitment to education I want to make it more effective and efficient However if Romney were to implement Ryan s budget plan and keeps his promise to not cut education that would mean deeper cuts for other areas of the federal government The next Presidential debate will take place on October 16 2012 and will focus on foreign and domestic policy Vice President Joe Biden and Rep Ryan will meet for their only debate next Wednesday at 9 p m EST and will also cover foreign and domestic policy Nancy Conneely Director of Public Policy By Nancy in Public Policy Tags budget business and industry community colleges funding Job training Post Secondary Access and Affordability postsecondary president teachers workforce Secretary Duncan Outlines Progress Made and Goals for the Future Tuesday October 2nd 2012 This afternoon Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the National Press Club about the state of American education Duncan highlighted the Obama Administration s achievements and challenges over the last four years and offered his take on the obstacles facing public schools in the years ahead Chief among the Department s endeavors are raising standards improving student performance reducing dropout rates and strengthening the teaching profession But as we in the CTE community know education also plays an important role in strengthening the economy and closing the skills gap Said Duncan With more than three million unfilled jobs in this country the public understand s that we have a skills gap that will only be closed if America does a better job training and preparing people for work The public supports investing in education but as Duncan pointed out they worry about where the money will come from Duncan laid out the areas where there is still work to be done including reforming CTE programs in high schools and community colleges state driven accountability recruiting more math and science teachers and closing the skills gap By Nancy in Public Policy Tags accountability common core state standards community colleges funding future Graduation Rates Job training Public Policy Secretary Duncan skills gap Standards STEM teachers Administration announces 500 million in community college grants to expand job training Thursday September 20th 2012 The U S Department of Labor this week announced 500 million in community college grants to develop and expand innovative training programs through local employer partnerships The Labor Department is implementing and administering the program in coordination with the U S Department of Education The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative which is intended to promote skills development and employment opportunities in fields including advanced manufacturing transportation and health care All states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will receive at least 2 5 million in funding for community college career training programs according to the Labor Department The grants are the second installment of a 2 billion four year initiative In total 297 schools will receive grants as individual applicants or as members of a consortium The grants include awards to community college and university consortia totaling 359 237 048 and awards to individual institutions totaling 78 262 952 Learn more about the grant program at http www doleta gov taaccct Erin Uy Communications and Marketing Manager By Erin in News Tags business and industry community colleges Department of Labor grant U S Department of Education Senate Hearing Focuses on College Affordability Witness Calls for Streamlining Federal Reporting Requirements Friday September 14th 2012 At a hearing this week Improving College Affordability A View From the States members of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee heard from higher education stakeholders about the obstacles that keep postsecondary education out of reach for

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  • Legislative Update: President Obama Announces Final Round of TAACCCT Grants and an Apprenticeship Program, DOL Unveils WIA Incentive Grant Awards « NASDCTEc Blog
    outlined in his State of the Union address earlier this year Both of these initiatives one relatively new and the other part a larger existing program are administered and funded by the Department of Labor DoL The fourth and final round of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training TAACCCT grant program was the first of these initiatives to be announced As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ARRA the Obama Administration designated approximately 2 billion to provide community colleges and other eligible postsecondary institutions with funds to expand career training programs that can be completed in two years or less Intended to nurture partnerships between these institutions and employers funding has been targeted for programs that prepare students for high skill high growth careers Funds have been distributed on a competitive basis among eligible institutions and have gone out in three separate installments each with their own overarching areas of focus This fourth and final round of TAACCCT grants worth a total of 450 million will focus on three priorities outlined by the Administration Scale In Demand Job Training Across the Country through National Industry Partnerships Advance Education Training to Ensure a Seamless Progression from One Stepping Stone to Another Improve Statewide Employment and Education Data Integration and Use The Obama Administration plans to award at least one grant in every state and applications which emphasize the above priorities may be eligible for larger award amounts DoL s full announcement can be found here Applications are due by July 7 th and detailed instructions for applying can be found here American Apprenticeship Grants President Obama and Vice President Biden also announced a new American Apprenticeship Grants competition which is set to begin in the fall of 2014 Funded through H1 B visa applications fees 100 million in grants will be used to incentivize partnerships between employers labor organizations training providers community colleges local and state governments the workforce system non profits and faith based organizations Priority will be given to applications that meet three criteria laid out by the Administration Launch apprenticeship models in emerging high growth fields Align apprenticeships to pathways for further learning and career advancement Scale up proven apprenticeship models This announcement looks to strengthen Vice President Biden s other recent effort named the Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium RACC an initiative that seeks to allow graduates to use their apprenticeship experience for postsecondary credit More information on RACC can be found here Application information for American Apprenticeship Grants is forthcoming 2014 WIA Incentive Grant Awards The Department of Labor s Employment and Training Administration DOLETA in conjunction with the Department of Education ED recently announced a list of eight states which are eligible to apply for approximately 9 9 million in incentive grant awards created under the Workforce Investment Act WIA To have qualified states must have exceeded performance levels under WIA Title IB and Title II during the 2012 program year These incentive grants can be used to fund specific programs under

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  • Legislative Update: President Obama Delivers the State of the Union Address « NASDCTEc Blog
    the Union Address Last night President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address which centered on a broad based agenda to improve the level of opportunity available to most Americans The President emphasized education as one of the core components to achieving this commendable goal Although there were no new educational initiatives announced during his speech he stressed the important role education has in preparing students for entry into the 21 st century workforce and highlighted some of his Administration s initiatives already underway One of the most encouraging aspects of last night s address was the President s announcement that Vice President Biden would lead reform efforts aimed at improving existing training programs According to President Obama these efforts are designed to train Americans with the skills employers need and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now Closing this skills gap was an overarching goal for the President as he highlighted the successes manufacturers have had in Detroit and elsewhere in using some of these services In particular he stressed the need for more on the job training and more apprenticeships that set a young worker on an upward trajectory for life while urging businesses and postsecondary institutions to design training to fill their specific needs The President urged Congress to concentrate funding on proven programs that connect more ready to work Americans with ready to be filled jobs and also highlighted his Administration s ongoing work to redesign high schools and partner them with colleges and employers that offer the real world education and hands on training that can lead directly to a job and career Taken together these statements are encouraging for Career Technical Education CTE Through the combination of experiential learning opportunities and rigorous technical and academic instruction CTE programs are providing students at all levels with relevant real world opportunities in and out of the classroom to better prepare them for both college and careers As Congress considers the reauthorization of the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act the sole piece of federal legislation which supports CTE programs in the United States it will be important to build on this success in order to ensure students have the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful in today s global economy Following the State of the Union speech President Obama has announced travel plans to highlight many of the priorities outlined in his remarks Among the many sites and cities on his itinerary the President will speak next week at McGavock High School in Nashville Tennessee a school which has received honors for its CTE programs This selection only further demonstrates the central role CTE will have in achieving much of the President s 2014 agenda The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium applauds this planned event and looks forward to further engagement with both the Administration and Congress to further support and improve CTE programs throughout the country The full transcript for

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  • CTE Research Review, Community College Edition « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 ED Begins Negotiations on Postsecondary Regulations DOL Announces New Grant Program New Poll Employers Value Skills Knowledge Over Institutional Prestige CTE Research Review Community College Edition The American Association of Community Colleges AACC released Where Value Meets Values The Economic Impact of Community College s quantifying the value of community colleges in terms of economic impact i e to the national economy and return on investment i e to individuals and society Specifically AACC found that in 2012 alone former American community college students generated 806 4 billion in added income based on increased productivity and wages Foreign community college graduates added another 1 5 billion in new income AACC also found a 4 8 benefit cost ratio for students based on the return to their investment into the community colleges or 4 8 dollars in higher future wages for every dollar invested in their education In total AACC estimates 371 8 billion as the net present value of community colleges in terms of increased wages for individuals after accounting for the money invested in the education At the societal level AACC finds a benefit cost ratio of 25 9 and a net present value at nearly 1 2 trillion based on added income and social savings i e lower health care costs reduced crime rates etc which are associated with more education and employment In addition to the report AACC has created four fact sheets breaking down the data The Community College Research Center CCRC released a two page policy brief on Performance Funding Impacts Obstacles and Other Intended Outcomes To date 32 states have implemented some form of performance funding with mixed results The brief delineates performance funding 1 0 where institutions receive a bonus over and above regular state funding and performance funding 2 0 where performance is built into the state allocations for institutions and provides an overview of research based lessons learned about performance 1 0 The CCRC is currently exploring the 2 0 model as discussed in this working paper The Political Origins of Performance Funding 2 0 in Indiana Ohio and Tennessee Theoretical Perspectives and Comparisons with Performance Funding 1 0 also released this month Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director Tags community colleges This entry was posted on Monday February 24th 2014 at 4 17 pm and is filed under Research Uncategorized 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

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  • New Tool Available for State Higher Education Leaders: Structured Pathways and Completion Policy Self-Assessment « NASDCTEc Blog
    Members Membership Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee Recent Publication Looks to Answer the Question Is College Worth It Friends of CTE Blog Series Career Technical Education s Role in Achieving Talent Sustainability New Tool Available for State Higher Education Leaders Structured Pathways and Completion Policy Self Assessment The Postsecondary State Policy Network led by Jobs for the Future JFF has released a new tool to find out how well your state is implementing evidence based policies to build structured pathways and encourage community college completion State higher education leaders can assess their state s existing policies and compare them to those advocated by state and national reform leaders with the Structured Pathways and Completion Policy Self Assessment Tool Since 2004 JFF and policy partners across 15 states have developed and codified policies that empower college leaders enable useful data gathering and analysis provide students with financial aid access and other non academic supports and reward institutions for student outcomes This tool aims to help higher education leaders facilitate college completion discussions prioritize needed policy changes and track policy changes over time The Postsecondary State Policy Network is a multistate collaboration committed to advancing state policies that accelerate community college student success and completion Also available you can also sign up to receive Achieving Success the Network s newsletter on postsecondary state policy For more information about the Structured Pathways and Completion Policy Self Assessment Tool please contact Lindsay Devilbiss Project Associate Jobs for the Future at ldevilbiss jff org Ramona Schescke Member Services Manager Tags career pathways community colleges This entry was posted on Wednesday November 6th 2013 at 1 24 pm and is filed under News Research Resources You can follow any responses to this

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  • Community Colleges in the Spotlight « NASDCTEc Blog
    report What Does It Mean to Be College and Work Ready explores the first year expectations for students across nine different disciplines Accounting Automotive Technology Biotech Electrical Technology Business Criminal Justice Early Childhood Education Information Technology Computer Programming Nursing and General Studies in mathematics and English Language Arts and finds that there is a misalignment between what students learn in high school and what they need to know for success in their first year at community college Specifically in mathematics the report finds that the first year expectations are rarely above the Algebra I bar and largely focus on mathematics taught in middle school The report identifies some key content areas that are typically untaught in high school namely schematics geometric visualization and complex applications of measurement One recommendation is to refocus K 12 mathematics instruction so students can gain a deeper conceptual understanding of the foundational knowledge and skills in elementary and middle school mathematics rather than rushing them to and through advanced course taking in high school In English the report finds that while the texts assigned in the first year of community college programs are at the 11 th and 12 th grade level the assignments and tests demand little from students by way of reading comprehension or writing or in other words there is high text complexity but low test rigor The Common Core State Standards focus on discipline specific literacy reading informational texts and writing from evidence should help shore up students abilities in these areas but community colleges will need to adjust their instruction in kind Over the course of six panel discussions a number of topics were explored but two themes came up time and again the first being the tradeoff between community colleges shifting their mission away from providing open access to all students to the accountability driven goal of retaining students The question was raised but largely unanswered of whether this shift has led community colleges to lower their expectations and standards for incoming students to ensure more stay enrolled and complete On the other hand remediation has long been an issue among community colleges and hasn t dramatically improved since institutions have begun to focus on completion The other major theme discussed was the need for more curricular pathways for students in high school particularly in mathematics While the report recommends that Algebra II no longer be required for all students most of the panelists agreed that Algebra II still had value to students but that there need to be more contextualized learning opportunities for students based on their learning styles and post high school interests What struck me about the event is that Career Technical Education CTE has long been tackling the challenges and opportunities raised in the report and event including building partnerships between K 12 and community college and between community colleges and employers and offering contextualized learning pathways to students While CTE was barely mentioned explicitly over the course of the day and is not mentioned

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  • From the Ground Up: Case Study Describes Creation of New Community College at CUNY « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Legislative Update Democratic Summit FAA Funding Flexibility Conference Committee Blocked NASDCTEc Releases Publication on Area CTE Centers From the Ground Up Case Study Describes Creation of New Community College at CUNY The New Community College NCC at the City University of New York was developed in response to Chancellor Matthew Goldstein s interest in creating an innovative community college that increases student learning achievement and graduation rates and improves student retention NCC with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently released Rethinking Community College for the 21 st Century a case study that follows the development of NCC from its initial planning in 2008 through its opening in August 2012 The planners of the NCC combed through best practices and research to inform the design of their community college with the ultimate goal of building an institution that would increase its graduation rate after three years to 35 percent with students transferring to four year institutions or entering related careers NCC is specifically designed to provide students with Career Technical Education CTE through curriculum that links classroom learning to practical career experiences Key components of the NCC model include First year program of study Integrates credit bearing and developmental coursework and mandatory participation in a summer bridge program City seminar Two semester course including reading writing and quantitative aspects on issues in New York City and other major cities Partnerships Workplace partners provide increased opportunities for hands on student learning Learning outcomes Rubrics assess student progress and each student has an electronic portfolio In addition to providing CTE majors in Business Administration Information Technology and other areas NCC also requires a two semester course Ethnographies of Work EoW that helps students investigate different occupations to make informed decisions about their majors and career paths EoW provides students with a background in basic research methodology analysis professional skill training and encourages students to deeply consider their future academic and career pursuits The course also provides students with an introduction to the school s five majors information on various workplaces and the programs of study that are available at NCC NCC is one of many postsecondary institutions delivering high quality innovative CTE We welcome you to send information on how your schools are delivering CTE through innovative design and practice to kherbertson careertech org Kara Herbertson Research and Policy Manager Tags community colleges This entry was posted on Monday April 29th 2013 at 11 43 am and is filed under News Publications Resources 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

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