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  • CTE in the News: Maine Governor Proposes Expansion of CTE, Education Reform « NASDCTEc Blog
    Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee Webinar Implementing Career Clusters at the High School Budget Level Funds Perkins Invests in Career Academies and Community Colleges CTE in the News Maine Governor Proposes Expansion of CTE Education Reform As part of a string of education proposals intended to provide the broadest scope of opportunities for students Maine Gov Paul LePage s is pitching a plan to enhance Career Technical Education CTE according to a recent Morning Sentinel article The governor s proposed legislation calls for better articulation between CTE Centers and high schools and community colleges to ensure that students earn academic credits and workforce credentials that are transferable His CTE proposal is outlined as follows An Act to Enhance Career and Technical Education Requires school districts that share a common Career and Technical center to develop a common school calendar with no more than five dissimilar days Ensures that the academic credits students earn while attending classes at Career and Technical centers are recognized by their home high schools Establishes a process whereby the Maine Community College System will review state and nationally certified programs at the Career and Technical centers and determine the amount of transferrable college credit students can earn by successfully completing them The legislation suggests that the governor recognizes how CTE can serve as a pipeline for high school students as they enter college and for college students as they step into the workforce which has heightened standards for higher education and nationally portable credential Erin Uy Communications and Marketing Manager Tags community colleges Maine postsecondary Secondary workforce This entry was posted on Friday February 10th 2012 at 11 34 am and is filed under News Public Policy You can follow any responses

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  • Reflections on President Obama’s Visit to Lake Area Technical Institute in South Dakota « NASDCTEc Blog
    tenure Obama s visited South Dakota to deliver the commencement speech at Lake Area Technical Institute LATI in Watertown a huge confirmation of the President s commitment to the community college system and an affirmation of the value of Career Technical Education CTE There the President gave his congratulations to LATI graduates as well as spoke about his initiative America s College Promise which would make two years of community college free for students Obama also praised Lake Area Technical Institute when he said Community colleges like this one can be a great place for young people to launch a career But they re also a great place for folks who have been in the workforce for a while Michael Cartney President of LATI cites a variety of reasons that the school was a focus of the President s visit LATI boasts a graduation rate of 75 percent and an incredible 98 percent placement rate We feel honored and humbled that our President chose to come here to do the commencement address The tribute he paid to our graduates and staff is huge just momentous It s the biggest gift he could have given our staff and students said Cartney This is a gift not only to Lake Area Technical Institute but to all CTE This is an acknowledgement that CTE is important and that there is a strong future for what CTE has to provide Cartney explained that success is not only defined by graduation or placement rates but also how the school is preparing students for the best careers for them A strong commitment to career guidance and providing students with the information they need to make informed decisions on their career options has resulted in graduates earning an average yearly salary that eclipses the South Dakota median income within just five years after graduation In addition to guidance the school also focuses on engaging the community and employers and industry LATI has worked hard with the business community to improve the image of CTE and technical careers For example one advertisement highlights what high tech and high skill manufacturing jobs look like today not the old factories students and parents often envision What matters most however is the school s culture The biggest thing that distinguishes our school is our culture We genuinely care about our students and they are engaged and make meaningful connections here something that has shown to be a high indicator of success in studies conducted by Gallup among others Our heritage goes back to caring about our students and working with them to be successful So what does CTE look like in the future at LATI With 11 consecutive years of growth there is an influx of new students parents teachers staff administrators and partners Though LATI has reveled in a variety of national accolades including the President s visit Cartney explains the responsibility of the school to remain concentrated on their mission We are staying focused on our students and that

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  • California « NASDCTEc Blog
    Nancy in NASDCTEc Resources Tags Alabama California Oregon Teacher Shortage Webinars Teacher Shortage Undermines CTE Monday August 10th 2009 The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that the fastest growing careers in 2008 would be in CTE fields such as healthcare and trade and industrial occupations However in order to cultivate a workforce to fill these jobs students will require training from quality secondary and postsecondary CTE teachers resources that are lacking across the nation due to a teacher shortage This crisis for CTE has been caused by student demand requiring more teachers teachers leaving the profession and the limited opportunities to cultivate new educators as teacher programs are eliminated NASDCTEc has authored Teacher Shortage Undermines CTE a brief that explores the reasons behind the shortage of teachers in CTE programs and what can be done to curb the declining numbers and recruit more individuals into CTE classrooms It also highlights examples from three states Oregon Alabama and California that serve as models for increasing the number of CTE teachers in their state You can access a copy of the brief on our website at www careertech org show publications under Teacher Preparation By Nancy in Publications Tags Alabama Alternative Certification California Issue brief Oregon Public Policy Teacher Shortage Highly Qualifed CTE Tough Economic Times Creating New Options Saturday June 20th 2009 As I have traveled the country one of the most common questions I get is about how NCLB highly qualified teacher HQT requirements impact CTE NCLB statute and regulations do not require CTE teachers to meet the same requirements as academic teachers in large part because so many CTE teachers come from industry and through alternative routes States some latitude to define what highly qualifed means for CTE However the HQT regulations related to academic teachers have had the unintendend consequence of limiting states ability to allow CTE courses to garner academic credit because if academic credit is awarded then the teacher teaching that class must meet academic HQT requirements Several states have developed innovative approaches to this challenge Idaho invested in funding to CTE teachers certified in academic areas New York negotiated a waiver to allow academic and CTE team teaching strictly regulated to meet the requirements California is the latest state to offer up another option given challenges districts are facing due to tough economic times Below is a recently published article that summarizes the California option quite nicely This article was written by Allen Young of The Cabinet Report a subscribers only daily news source published by School Innovations Advocacy LEAs have options on tech instructors meeting NCLB qualifications By Allen Young With districts looking for creative ways to address staffing needs the California Department of Education issued advice this week reminding local educational agencies that a career technical education instructor can qualify as a highly qualified teacher with authorization from the school board The issue has been raised repeatedly by districts that are struggling under the current budget crisis to match diminishing instructional resources with

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  • CTE in the News: California Invests in CTE Programs to Train Students for Energy Industry « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Budget ED Priorities DOL Priorities Forty One States and DC Declare Support for Development of Shared Set of CTE Standards CTE in the News California Invests in CTE Programs to Train Students for Energy Industry California is investing 3 2 million in a project that integrates academic and Career Technical Education business partnerships and internships with the intent of grooming students to work in jobs in the clean technology and renewable energy industry according to The Epoch Times The California Department of Education and the California Energy Commission has teamed up to offer Clean Energy and Technology Academies The program which is structured similarly to the state s California Partnership Academies is a three year program for students grades 10 12 in which students gain a balance of academics real world learning and technical skills training so they can succeed in the energy industry specifically the article said To date 48 000 students are enrolled in the program which reaches 21 schools across the state Academies will be eligible for the new funding in installments pending their ability to demonstrate that they offer courses and educational experiences that meet set academic and industry specific requirements intended to ensure the academies are preparing students to truly succeed in the energy industry Erin Uy Communications Marketing Manager Tags California Energy Secondary technology This entry was posted on Friday March 23rd 2012 at 12 09 pm and is filed under News You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed Comments are

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=5873 (2016-01-08)
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  • CTE Research Review « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Senate Postpones Labor HHS ED Appropriations WIOA Momentum Grows Catching Up With State Legislatures Part 3 CTE Research Review In this week s Research Review we dive into unemployment rates for community college graduates and a new report on the manufacturing sector from the Milstein Center Community college graduates vs unemployment rates The New York Times has tapped into data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics linking unemployment rates to educational attainment Most strikingly among community college graduates those who finished with an occupational degree had a substantially lower unemployment rate than their academic degree counterparts at 4 0 and 4 8 percent respectively The data also suggest that occupationally focused associate s degrees which encompass most CTE fields of study are healthy and growing according to additional analysis from the Economic Modeling Specialists International Six proposals to expand manufacturing s innovative capacity The recently released inaugural report from The Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing which is part of the University of Virginia s Miller Center explores challenges facing the future of small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises and their ability to innovate as technologies advance and global demand shifts over the next decade Among the six ideas proposed the commission advocates for upside down degrees to encourage alignment between work experience and college education a skills census to better understand the skills gap and a renewed focus on technology and engineering skills for high school students as a means to stimulate the rise of new manufacturing in the United States According to the report the country s 258 000 small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises represent more than 98 percent of all U S manufacturing firms and now share 45 percent of the sector s jobs The report identified a serious and comprehensive cultural change as necessary to create a pipeline of skilled workers from K 12 and workforce training programs However those challenges notwithstanding small and medium firms often lack the required capital to invest in their employees or the on the job training needed to keep their existing workforce current Check out the entire report to learn more about the six proposals NASDCTEc s state pages updated Our state profile pages have been updated to include state allocations of the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 Perkins for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 We ve also recently added new functionality for members only that allows users to compare multiple states and have begun identifying and sharing CTE success stories from across the country We ll list other new additions here as they become available Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate Tags community college manufacturing This entry was posted on Wednesday June 25th 2014 at 10 25 am and is filed under Research You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=10710 (2016-01-08)
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  • CTE Research Review « NASDCTEc Blog
    the Economy College 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 Witnessing Excellence in CTE Sunrise Mountain High School Catching Up With State Legislatures CTE Research Review The Education Commission of the States takes a closer look at student transfer and articulation agreements across the 50 states in its newest report Students on the move How states are responding to increasing mobility among postsecondary students Today more than one third of all college graduates have transferred at least once prior to earning their degrees and a vast majority of non traditional and lower income students start their postsecondary education at community colleges Given this reality it likely comes as no surprise that comprehensive statewide transfer policies gained traction nationwide and often are at the center of many states ambitious college completion initiatives Among the report s highlights is a CTE example from Louisiana which the legislature passed Senate Bill 93 in 2013 to provide a career pathway between industry based CTE certification programs and academic degree programs ECS says states should consider policies that are transparent and clearly communicated to students and their families in order to better promote a seamless transfer process You can find out where your state stands by accessing ECS searchable database A new report commissioned by Australia s Department of Education found that exposing high school students to vocational education and training as CTE is known in Australia and in many other countries can improve student outcomes increase engagement and retention in school respond to local skills shortages and strengthen community partnerships The study was conducted by Group Training Australia Limited which represents 150 group training associations and is the largest employer network of apprentices and trainees in the country In Australia government recognized Group Training Organizations employ and place apprentices and trainees with host businesses The organizations also ensure that employers provide quality and continuity for students for the duration of the contract The report Work Exposure and Work Placement Programs in Schools Involving Group Training Organisations focuses on students in Years 9 10 and 11 12 and is broken into three parts Good Practice Principles Views of Employers Students and their Parents Case Studies of Good Practice Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate This entry was posted on Wednesday May 14th 2014 at 9 29 am and is filed under 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 CTE Research Review Friends of CTE Blog Series Inside International CTE Archives Select Month January 2016 2 December 2015 6

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  • Highly Qualifed & CTE: Tough Economic Times Creating New Options « NASDCTEc Blog
    limiting states ability to allow CTE courses to garner academic credit because if academic credit is awarded then the teacher teaching that class must meet academic HQT requirements Several states have developed innovative approaches to this challenge Idaho invested in funding to CTE teachers certified in academic areas New York negotiated a waiver to allow academic and CTE team teaching strictly regulated to meet the requirements California is the latest state to offer up another option given challenges districts are facing due to tough economic times Below is a recently published article that summarizes the California option quite nicely This article was written by Allen Young of The Cabinet Report a subscribers only daily news source published by School Innovations Advocacy LEAs have options on tech instructors meeting NCLB qualifications By Allen Young With districts looking for creative ways to address staffing needs the California Department of Education issued advice this week reminding local educational agencies that a career technical education instructor can qualify as a highly qualified teacher with authorization from the school board The issue has been raised repeatedly by districts that are struggling under the current budget crisis to match diminishing instructional resources with ever growing student needs and still meet federal goals under the No Child Left Behind Act Amid massive layoffs throughout the state people are trying to save their jobs and find out what they are credentialed for said Lynda Nichols NCLB coordinator at CDE When a district decides to have one of these classes and the board approves it as a graduation requirement it throws the non NCLB course into NCLB requirements The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing said that if a school is granting graduation credit for a CTE class then the instructor need only carry a CTE credential To qualify as a highly qualified teacher the instructor must have a four year college degree and hold a proper credential in their CTE subject area There are many examples of crossover classes that provide alternate forms of graduation credit The CDE has clarified on their website the sections in law that describe the classes and credentials needed for career tech teachers to provide graduation credit and fulfill UC admission requirements Here is a summary To be NCLB compliant a business education instructor that has a single subject or standard secondary credentialed in business education can satisfy the economics requirement and does not need a history social science credential The same applies for an agriculture instructor majored in agriculture business or education and credentialed with a single subject or standard secondary in agriculture A home economics instructor who majored in nutrition dietetics or food science with a single subject or standard secondary credential in home economics education can satisfy biological science and does not need a biology science credential Biology science can also be taught by a health instructor that posses a single subject credentialed in health science education A home economics instructor with a major in apparel design and merchandising and appropriately

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=249 (2016-01-08)
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  • Senate Holds Hearing on Impact of Sequestration on Education Programs « NASDCTEc Blog
    Briefs Papers Jobs and the Economy College 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 Research Center Report Highlights From Five Years of CTE Research New NASDCTEc Officers Take Lead as CTE Adopts Common Standards Prepare for Reauthorization Senate Holds Hearing on Impact of Sequestration on Education Programs The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services and Education held a hearing this morning to hear from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and a panel of state and local educators about the impact of sequestration on education programs Chairman of the subcommittee Senator Tom Harkin IA called on his colleagues to come to a bipartisan and balanced approach to deficit reduction rather than the arbitrary cuts of sequestration During his testimony Secretary Duncan agreed that we need to take a balanced approach because sequestration will cut both effective and ineffective programs He also argued that cutting education funding is very much a national security issue due to the number of highly technical jobs including those in the military sector which go unfilled because there are not enough skilled individuals to fill them When asked about the impact of the cuts on education reform efforts Duncan said that sequestration will touch all education programs including CTE June Atkinson State Superintendent of Public Instructionin North Carolina spoke about how sequestration would hurt her state s effort at increasing college and career readiness For example providing training for Microsoft certifications requires CTE funding which would be cut under sequestration She also noted that the graduation rate of CTE concentrators in North Carolina is 90 percent Presumably cuts to Perkins funding would hinder the tremendous achievement of CTE students Harkin also released this morning Under Threat Sequestration s Impact on Nondefense Jobs and Services a report which looks at the potential impact of sequestration on education health and labor programs under the subcommittee s jurisdiction The report gives national as well as state by state estimates of the number of jobs that could be lost and the number of individuals who could lose services if sequestration goes into effect Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager Tags appropriations budget college and career readiness Congress Perkins Secretary Duncan This entry was posted on Wednesday July 25th 2012 at 1 35 pm and is filed under Legislation 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 December 2015 6 November 2015 9 October 2015

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=6735 (2016-01-08)
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