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  • KY Governor Announces Dual and Concurrent Enrollment Initiative « NASDCTEc Blog
    Membership Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee Rhode Island Proposes Regulations to Overhaul CTE Meet Kathy Shibley Ph D NASDCTEc Region V Representative KY Governor Announces Dual and Concurrent Enrollment Initiative Jobs that provide family sustaining wages increasingly require postsecondary credentials and certificates and one governor is determined to better equip secondary students with college credits and certificates to ease the transition to postsecondary education or the workforce Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced this month an initiative to provide dual and concurrent enrollment for secondary students in the state This agreement moves Kentucky closer to a seamless education system that prepares every graduate for a successful career said Governor Beshear It helps us motivate students to stay in school by increasing the relevance of their coursework which allows them a direct path to a broad range of opportunities The initiative a partnership between several education and workforce offices in Kentucky allows high school students to simultaneously earn high school and college credits for approved academic and Career Technical Education CTE courses For the 70 percent of secondary students in Kentucky enrolled in CTE courses the addition of dual and concurrent enrollment programs will likely spur more students to attain postsecondary degrees and credentials President of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Michael McCall stated that Providing students with the ability to earn college credits in high school is just one way we are providing real career opportunities to Kentuckians and transforming the state s economy Learn more about dual enrollment and CTE here Kara Herbertson Education Policy Analyst Tags dual enrollment Kentucky This entry was posted on Thursday October 13th 2011 at 5 52 am and is filed under News You can follow any responses to

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  • UNESCO Releases Report on Global Trends in TVET « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Congress Agrees to End Government Shutdown Lift the Debt Ceiling Fall Meeting Recap State Policy Update UNESCO Releases Report on Global Trends in TVET The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO recently published a digital volume of essays encompassing a broad swath of current practices trends debates and ideas in the field of technical and vocational education and training TVET At its core TVET is the global terminology used to describe much of what the United States labels as CTE According to UNESCO TVET is concerned primarily with the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the world of work Titled Revisiting Global Trends in TVET Reflections on Theory and Practice this e publication was produced by UNESCO s International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training UNEVOC at a time when global policymakers and stakeholders are becoming increasingly aware of the importance and value of TVET programs around the world This global appreciation culminated with the 3 rd International Congress on TVET which took place in Shanghai in May of last year At its core TVET is the global terminology used to describe much of what the United States labels as CTE According to UNESCO TVET is concerned primarily with the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the world of work This international meeting provided a forum for discussion about the future trajectory of TVET and the challenges UNESCO member states and TVET stakeholders face What resulted from this forum was a set of policy recommendations known as the Shanghai Consensus which put forward seven overarching principles for how to promote and better implement TVET programs worldwide They were Enhancing the relevance of TVET Expanding access and improving quality and equity Adapting qualifications and developing pathways Improving the evidence base Strengthening governance and expanding partnerships Increasing investment in TVET and diversifying financing Advocating for TVET These broad based recommendations echo many of the core principles found in NASDCTEc s vision paper Reflect Transform Lead A New Vision for Career Technical Education and put them into a larger global context To that end the set of essays contained in the UNESCO publication seeks to further develop explain and more fully realize the doctrine set forth in the Shanghai Consensus Please check our blog over the next few weeks as we examine in further detail specific chapters within this e publication Steve Voytek Government Relations Associate This entry was posted on Friday October 18th 2013 at 9 07 am and is filed under Publications Research 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

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  • Fall Meeting Recap: Federal Policy Update « NASDCTEc Blog
    pieces of federal legislation relevant to the CTE community John Fischer NASDCTEc board President and Vermont Agency of Education Deputy Commissioner moderated the discussion Kimberly Green NASDCTEc s Executive Director also participated on the panel along with James Hermes Associate Vice President of Government Relations at the American Association of Community Colleges and Alisha Hyslop Director of Public Policy at the Association for Career and Technical Education Each of the panelists gave a broad update on how major pieces of federal legislation such as the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Perkins the Workforce Investment Act WIA the Higher Education Act HEA and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA were progressing on the national level when each was due for reauthorization and how that process was likely to unfold The panelists also discussed their organizations related advocacy efforts as well as the prospects for reauthorization and challenges facing each piece of legislation Hyslop began the panel by outlining the current political landscape and explaining in greater detail the ongoing debate between both parties over the federal budget She contended that both Democrats and Republicans see a need to grapple with the federal deficit and related national debt but have starkly different strategies for how to do this In particular she highlighted that the majority of spending cuts currently underway have targeted only a small fraction of the federal budget 16 percent known as nondefense discretionary NDD spending Of that portion merely 2 percent is spent on education As a consequence spending reductions made to NDD programs are felt much more strongly than in other areas of the federal budget Green followed by speaking about some of the positive trends currently happening on the federal level with regards to CTE She argued that there is an increasing amount of recognition among policymakers that students should be prepared both for college and careers Green used ESEA as an example of this explaining that the current version of ESEA in the Senate S 1094 uses the phrase college and career readiness throughout the proposed bill Moreover Green expressed her optimism over renewed federal interest in Perkins which recently culminated in a Congressional hearing last month Despite these promising trends Congressional gridlock and partisanship was cited as the main reason for the slow progress made towards reauthorization much of this legislation For instance both Hermes and Green stressed that WIA has been due for reauthorization since 2003 but because of the politics surrounding some of its components progress had slowed considerably Competing versions of WIA one still in the Senate S 1356 and the other passed contentiously by the House H R 803 illustrate this point However the panel noted that unlike WIA or ESEA Perkins continues to enjoy wide bipartisan support Even with other federal education bills still awaiting reauthorization Hyslop and Green expressed optimism that Perkins would be reauthorized in the coming years possibly even ahead of others already in the queue John Fischer posed a number of interesting

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  • CTE Programs Motivate Students with Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship « NASDCTEc Blog
    based certification exams and practice test solutions for academic institutions currently delivering nearly 3 million certification exams each year around the world Many students see the value of certification but a good healthy dose of competition never hurts Thirteen years ago Certiport held the first Microsoft Office Specialist MOS World Championship a competition to designed to inspire more students to earn MOS certification Over time the competition has grown in popularity and now educators use it to inspire greatness and generate excitement about certification among their students This year more than 300 000 students in the United States entered the MOS competition to demonstrate their level of proficiency in utilizing the world s foremost desktop computing applications 40 finalists traveled to Atlanta Georgia to the MOS U S National Championship where they participated in timed exams and interviews to demonstrate their expertise in Microsoft Office Word Excel and PowerPoint programs The champions in each program along with a chaperone won an all expense paid trip to participate in the 2014 MOS World Championship in Anaheim California One of those world finalists Tyler Millis is a student of Dunbar High School in Florida Dunbar is a magnet school in Ft Myers Florida with an enviable CTE program Dunbar s Technology Academy Programs offer an outstanding 24 certifications and has certified hundreds of high school students in MOS over the past several years Tyler heard about the competition from his teacher Denise Spence who has sent finalists in the past My teachers all supported me in everything I did and Ms Spence encouraged me to do my best so I could make it to the World Championship said Tyler He did and he is already looking ahead since students are allowed to compete for a second time in different exam tracks I m really excited to come back next year if I can he said Tyler beat out 123 finalists from 40 countries and won the MOS World Championship for PowerPoint 2007 and has become a local celebrity but the proof is in the pudding so they say Tyler has an application development job at a local software engineering company and says winning the MOS World Championship will look amazing on his resume Participating in the MOS World Championship is easy any state district or school can promote it with marketing materials readily available from Certiport and students enter the competition simply by checking a box when they take MOS certification Top scorers will be invited to the 2015 MOS United States Championship and the U S winners will be invited to compete in the 2015 MOS World Championship in Dallas Texas next August In addition to MOS Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs including the Microsoft Technology Associate certification program the Microsoft Certified Educator program the Adobe Certified Associate certification program the HP Accredited Technical Associate the CompTIA Strata IT Fundamentals the Autodesk Certified User certification program the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User certification program and the IC3 Digital

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  • CompTIA: The IT Industry Trade Association « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 One Week Left Register Today for NASDCTEc s Fall Meeting Achieving Excellence in the New School Year Union County Academy for Performing Arts CompTIA The IT Industry Trade Association CompTIA is the voice of the world s information technology IT industry As a non profit trade association we advance the global interests of IT professionals and IT channel organizations and enable them to be more successful with industry leading certifications and business credentials education resources and the ability to connect with like minded leading industry experts Learn about our focus areas and find out who we are and what we do Membership Becoming a CompTIA member indicates a commitment to learning growing and personal and business success in the IT channel All of our benefits are aimed at providing our members with a wealth of resources that when leveraged result in measurable impact to the member organization Education You can t get a job or successfully run a business without all the right tools In the ever changing IT industry education is essential CompTIA s educational efforts include a comprehensive suite of channel training a variety of events and meetings and a steady stream of research and market intelligence studies Everything is designed to help you succeed Certifications It all started with A Back in 1993 we developed a revolutionary IT certification that was not tied to a particular manufacturer but vendor neutral The concept took off and today CompTIA offers four IT certification series that test different knowledge standards from entry level to expert Public Advocacy TechAmerica the public sector and public policy department of CompTIA champions member driven business and policy priorities that impact the entire continuum of technology companies from small IT service providers and software developers to large equipment manufacturers and communications service providers Philanthropy The shortage of IT workers in the U S stands at about 300 000 and there continues to be high demand for motivated and capable employees It s the job of CompTIA s philanthropic arm the Creating IT Futures Foundation to help unemployed individuals and populations under represented in the field obtain the right training for an IT role not just a job but a foothold into a career In order to help supply the IT worker pipeline Creating IT Futures is exploring ways to nudge more youth in the direction of tech careers Click here to learn more about CompTIA and get involved today CompTIA is a gold level sponsor at the NASDCTEc 2014 Fall Meeting This entry was posted on Thursday October 2nd 2014 at 8 30 am and is filed under NASDCTEc Fall Meeting 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

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  • One Week Left: Register Today for NASDCTEc’s Fall Meeting « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Print or Online What Is Best for Your Classroom CompTIA The IT Industry Trade Association One Week Left Register Today for NASDCTEc s Fall Meeting With registration closing on ONE WEEK time is running out to register for NASDCTEc s annual Fall Meeting The theme of this year s meeting is Preparing for the Future which refers to preparing for Perkins reauthorization but also to positioning your state or organization to best meet the evolving needs of students employers and the entire CTE community You can download the draft agenda here but there are a few features we wanted to point out Brandon Busteed Executive Director of Gallup Education will be kicking off Tuesday morning with a presentation on education the economy and its intersection in the minds of the students parents and the public He s a dynamic and not to be missed speaker An entire morning is being dedicated to discussing the challenges and opportunities around employer engagement in CTE including the release of new 50 state data a panel featuring policy and business leaders and collaboration roundtables to dig in and identify creative collaborative solutions All told the agenda features presenters and resource experts from over 20 states and national organizations as well as four leaders from the U S Department of Education leveraging expertise from every corner of the country We hope you can join us Register and find more information here This entry was posted on Wednesday October 1st 2014 at 7 33 am and is filed under NASDCTEc Announcements NASDCTEc Fall Meeting You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed

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  • Print or Online? What Is Best for Your Classroom? « NASDCTEc Blog
    IV of TAACCCT One Week Left Register Today for NASDCTEc s Fall Meeting Print or Online What Is Best for Your Classroom Remember when the only option was a print textbook Times have changed as more and more schools are choosing to use online textbooks exclusively What is the best choice for Career Technical Education CTE classes It depends on classroom needs There are pluses and minuses to both print and online textbooks Here are some considerations to take into account when making the choice Print Textbooks Accessible to most students as technology is not required for use Available at all times with no power required Portable within a classroom especially when dealing with utensils tools or machinery Substantial when students have several textbooks to carry Liable to wear and tear as well as student damage Online Textbooks Flexible in location and time use at school or at home when needed Searchable for the instances when students need to find information quickly Durable as there are no physical pages to tear or deface Susceptible to downtime if there are Internet connection issues Vulnerable to school technology and budgets as a computer or a tablet in addition to Internet access is required for use There is no answer that fits every situation When deciding between print and online develop a list of specific needs for your classroom and evaluate each against what the formats have to offer Maybe the answer is a blended solution that combines both leveraging the advantages of print and online If you need assistance in making a decision contact a publisher such as Goodheart Willcox that specializes in CTE They have helped many schools in similar circumstances and can provide free advice and recommendations to help you as well Goodheart Willcox Publishing are gold level sponsors at

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  • Microsoft IT Academy & CTE Community: Closing the Skills Gap Together « NASDCTEc Blog
    Members Membership Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee Countdown to NASDCTEc s Fall Meeting Recapping the National Dialogue on Career Pathways Microsoft IT Academy CTE Community Closing the Skills Gap Together Technology plays an ever increasing role in our daily lives It changes how we communicate how we learn and how we function in the world today With all of the growth in the technology sector workplace needs have shifted and technical skills have become vital to employment A current IDC study discovered that cloud based companies will create 14 million new jobs by 2015 half of which will be in IT The same study predicts over the course of the next ten years 77 of all jobs will require technology skills That s where Microsoft IT Academy and the Career Technical Education community join forces to close the gap Microsoft IT Academy provides industry leading technology training and certifications Currently there are 13 Microsoft IT Academy statewide initiatives in place and still more state programs to be deployed in the near future Microsoft IT Academy and the CTE community are helping drive economic development by improving education outcomes for students and pathways for current workers to advance their careers See our blog for recent success stories Microsoft certifications differentiate students in today s competitive job market and broaden their employment opportunities Microsoft Office Specialist MOS exams prepare students to be more productive in school and business careers For students considering IT careers Microsoft Technology Associate MTA exams provide an entry level opportunity to explore various technical careers Both MOS and MTA certification validates a student s knowledge of specific technology concepts and helps them stand out when submitting college and internship applications With the Microsoft IT Academy program academic institutions and their educators students and staff get digital curricula and certification for fundamental technology skills as well as courses critical for students to be successful in today s technologically evolving world Microsoft IT Academy offers training at all levels from basic fundamental computing to advanced technical courses for those who are interested in pursuing a career in IT For more information on Microsoft IT Academy benefits visit http www microsoft com education itacademy Pages benefits aspx Microsoft IT Academy is a proud sponsor of the 2014 NASDCTEc Fall Meeting Amy Merrill and Lance Baldwin will be representing Microsoft Learning and IT Academy at the conference For the latest information on Microsoft IT Academy follow us on social media Twitter MS ITAcademy Facebook https www facebook com MicrosoftITAcademy Contacts Amy Merrill MS Learning Business Deployment Manager amyme microsoft com Lance Baldwin MS Learning Senior Solutions Specialist Lance Baldwin microsoft com This blog was contributed by Microsoft IT Academy diamond level sponsor at the 2014 Fall Meeting Tags Alternative Certification This entry was posted on Thursday September 25th 2014 at 11 32 am and is filed under NASDCTEc Fall Meeting You can follow any responses to this entry

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