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  • middle class « NASDCTEc Blog
    budget business and industry partnerships community colleges Congress federal legislation funding Job training middle class professional development President Focuses on Education and Skills Training in State of the Union Thursday January 26th 2012 In his State of the Union address last night President Obama called keeping the middle class alive the defining issue of our time Throughout his speech he set out proposals to foster an economy built to last predicated on education a skilled workforce high paying jobs energy independence and fairness that would help bolster the middle class The President highlighted the skills gap that exists in industries such as manufacturing information technology and clean energy Growing industries in science and technology have twice as many openings as we have workers who can do the job In an effort to solve this problem he called for a national commitment to train two million individuals with the skills they need to land a job with a focus on partnerships between businesses and community colleges The President is scheduled to release his FY13 budget on February 13 We hope that his commitment to address the skills gap and provide resources for unemployed individuals will be reflected in his proposal for Perkins Act funding President Obama also focused on the current job training system saying that he wants to cut through the maze of confusing training programs so that from now on people have one program one website and one place to go for all the information and help they need His hope is that streamlining the system will get people back to work more quickly in the jobs that exist today and better prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow While he does not mention the Workforce Investment Act specifically the program has been due for reauthorization since 2003 and has been top priority for the both the House and the Senate this session Given the President s mention of the workforce system we are hopeful that this signals a desire to reauthorize WIA in the coming year The President also touched on other education issues such as high school dropouts calling on states to require students to stay in school until graduation or until they turn 18 In terms of college access and affordability the President urged Congress to keep student interest rates low and extend the tuition tax credit He also asked institutions of higher education to keep costs down and was blunt in his commitment to making postsecondary education more affordable saying If you can t stop tuition from going up the funding you get from taxpayers will go down Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Legislation Public Policy Tags budget community colleges Congress funding Graduation Rates Job training manufacturing middle class Perkins Post Secondary Access and Affordability postsecondary president skills gap WIA workforce CTE A Gateway to the Middle Class Friday June 19th 2009 In his remarks at the Green Jobs Summit June 17 2009 Vice President Biden commented a job is more than

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  • CTE in the News: The Transformation of American Factory Jobs, In One Company « 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 White House Council Report Shows Cost of Opportunity Youth Department of Education Seeks Input on Strategic Plan CTE in the News The Transformation of American Factory Jobs In One Company The evolution of a fuel injector assembly line in Greenfield South Carolina exemplifies the transformation of the manufacturing workforce taking place across the nation according to a recent NPR story Making it in America the second piece in a two part series highlights the new and old demands of the manufacturing industry which has moved from largely hiring low skilled workers on the assembly line to high skilled and more educated workers The stories of the success and looming threats among Standard Motor Products employees buttresses the argument for Career Technical Education CTE programs that align to the economy and raises the rigor and skill attainment for its students The 92 year old manufacturer has moved from hiring a workforce that was illiterate and did not earn their high school diploma to one that is more educated and has high skills to run sophisticated machinery Now it s all finesse could be the motto of American manufacturing today In factories around the country manufacturing is becoming a high tech high precision business And not everyone has the finesse to run these complicated machines the article said Closing the skills gap between those who can and cannot succeed in this new business remains the challenge Tags manufacturing news skills gap technical skills This entry was posted on Friday January 13th 2012 at 9 23 am and is filed under News You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed

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  • Leaders Focus on Closing the Skills Gap and Increasing Innovation « NASDCTEc Blog
    Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee CTE in the News Help Wanted Mechanics not Chefs November CTE Monthly Newsletter Highlights Transportation Career Cluster and Report on Partnership Academies Leaders Focus on Closing the Skills Gap and Increasing Innovation Leaders concerned with America s growing skills gap met last week in Washington to focus on solutions to this national problem The Atlantic a literary and political magazine hosted the event to brainstorm how America can regain its competitiveness in the global economy U S Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison kicked off the event by stressing the importance of teaching science technology engineering and math STEM fields as early as middle school She also expressed her support for Career Technical Education CTE and emphasized the need for technical jobs and training to fulfill the country s responsibility to show that some of the best jobs in the world require technical degrees A panel featuring higher education government and manufacturing experts described their various initiatives aimed at closing this gap Jay Timmons President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers NAM described current progress as slow but he also stated that the nation is set to make great strides in the long term From a higher education perspective Bob Templin President of Northern Virginia Community College agreed that a larger number of high school graduates are not ready for postsecondary training However he also noted that secondary and postsecondary schools and business and industry are actively teaming together to create solutions View the entire event and additional resources here Kara Herbertson Education Policy Analyst Tags community colleges degree attainment Innovation manufacturing skills gap STEM This entry was posted on Monday November 14th 2011 at 7 55 am and is filed under News You can

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  • degree attainment « NASDCTEc Blog
    can regain its competitiveness in the global economy U S Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison kicked off the event by stressing the importance of teaching science technology engineering and math STEM fields as early as middle school She also expressed her support for Career Technical Education CTE and emphasized the need for technical jobs and training to fulfill the country s responsibility to show that some of the best jobs in the world require technical degrees A panel featuring higher education government and manufacturing experts described their various initiatives aimed at closing this gap Jay Timmons President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers NAM described current progress as slow but he also stated that the nation is set to make great strides in the long term From a higher education perspective Bob Templin President of Northern Virginia Community College agreed that a larger number of high school graduates are not ready for postsecondary training However he also noted that secondary and postsecondary schools and business and industry are actively teaming together to create solutions View the entire event and additional resources here Kara Herbertson Education Policy Analyst By Kara in News Tags community colleges degree attainment Innovation manufacturing skills gap STEM Degree and Certificate Attainment Linked to Strong Employment Outcomes Report Says Friday November 12th 2010 Students with both an associate degree and a certificate in information technology IT had the strongest employment outcomes in terms of likelihood of employment hours worked and earnings according to a recent Community College Research Center CCRC issue brief that examined Washington state students The Employment Outcomes of Community College Information Technology Students explored the role of community colleges in educating IT workers and examined two key issues students employment outcomes by the type of community college IT preparation they complete and the type of employers that tend to hire community college IT students CCRC assessed data on students who were enrolled in an IT program at any Washington State community and technical college during the 2000 01 academic year and who completed their program or left college by the spring of the 2004 05 academic year The students who followed in likelihood of employment hours worked and earnings were those with an IT associate degree and then followed by students with an IT certificate Students who earned no credential but focused their studies in IT had the weakest employment outcomes according to the brief By Erin in Publications Tags community colleges credentials degree attainment New IES data highlights CTE student postsecondary trends degree attainment Friday October 16th 2009 New data provided by the Institute of Education Sciences highlights the proportions of CTE concentrators who enrolled in postsecondary institutions how long it took them to enroll and the types of degrees or certificates they earned between 1992 and 2000 A recent update to the IES Web site presents data relative to the conversations being had in the political and educational arenas regarding students postsecondary goals and successes As presented by IES the figures

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  • SkillsUSA Championships Highlight Career Ready Students « 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 New Search Tool for Postsecondary Education Research Legislative Update Sequestration SkillsUSA Championships Highlight Career Ready Students Career Technical Education CTE students from across the nation recently were nationally recognized for their demonstration of occupational preparation and their employability skills assets of high demand in today s economy Those students competed in the SkillsUSA Championships which involved state competitions and an overall national event SkillsUSA estimates that 10 000 local and state level contests are held annually More than 5 800 students competed representing every state and several territories during the national SkillsUSA Championships Contests are designed managed and judged by industry using industry standards to assess student mastery of technical academic and employability skills The competition and the overall work of SkillsUSA aligns to the emphasis on industry certification in the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 and the broader notion of preparing students to enter the workforce career ready Erin Uy Communications Marketing Manager Tags skillsusa technical skills This entry was posted on Thursday August 2nd 2012 at 1 10 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 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

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    Administration Announces College Scorecard and Apprenticeship Grants as Congress Edges Closer to Funding Deadline September 17th 2015 Earlier this year the Obama Administration announced its intention to create a college ratings system where postsecondary institutions would be sorted into three broad categories of high medium and low performing schools Many stakeholder groups including NASDCTEc provided feedback on this proposal to the U S Department of Education ED and many groups had significant reservations about the newly proposed effort After taking these comments into consideration ED announced earlier this summer that they would change direction with this initiative and create a new public facing information tool that would make institution specific information available to consumers to make more informed choices about their postsecondary education options without making a value judgement Last week the Department released this tool known as the College Scorecard which is now available on their website The tool offers information on an institution s costs graduation rates the percentage of students receiving federal aid and significantly the median earnings of graduates 10 years after completion Most of this information comes with caveats as a related technical paper from ED notes the earnings information only covers those students receiving federal grants or loans includes graduates and non completers alike and excludes currently enrolled students More detailed information on the scorecard can be found via the Workforce Data Quality Campaign of which NASDCTEc is a national partner While the scorecard is a significant step in the right direction more can still be done to improve upon this work such as refocusing the effort to look at program level data where it would be far more useful to students and their families In the coming weeks NASDCTEc plans to work with its partners to provide comment on the scorecard and will continue to think through ways in which the tool could be improved Administration Announces More Funding for Apprenticeships Another big development happened last Wednesday when President Obama and Dr Jill Biden announced the 46 grantees for this year s U S Department of Labor s DOL American Apprenticeship grant program AAG Using Macomb Community College in Michigan as a backdrop for the announcement this 175 million investment is part of the Admisntration s wider effort to double the number of apprenticeships in the country a realistic goal considering the U S lags behind nearly every other advanced country when it comes to participation in apprenticeships While this is the second year for the AAG program the Admisntration s move to increase the amount of funding available by an additional 75 million underscores their strong commitment to what they ve dubbed the earn and learn model for the coming years The grantees plan to create training opportunities for 34 000 apprenticeships at these 46 public private partnerships mostly in areas such as advanced manufacturing healthcare and information technology while scaling up many existing programs in construction transportation and energy over the next few years Many of the grantees plan to develop or build upon existing state or local career pathways sector partnerships and the Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium initiative that have boosted activity in this area throughout the country in recent years For instance the Illinois Advance Apprenticeship Consortium grant which will receive 3 9 million in grant funding plans to create 600 new apprenticeship positions that link to the state s career pathway initiative in order to create new on and off ramps for students to pursue these opportunities NASDCTEc applauds the Admisntration s commitment to investing in the nation s workforce and looks forward to the work that lies ahead as these grants start to reap benefits for students across the country More information on the announcement can be found here and here Administration Launches Heads Up America Campaign and Continues to Push College Promise Proposal Apprenticeships were only half of the conversation when President Obama and Dr Jill Biden spoke at Macomb Community College last week The President has continued to advocate for his America s College Promise proposal which would make the first two years of college tuition free for qualifying students As part of that effort the President has announced the creation of an independent advisory board for this effort chaired by Dr Jill Biden and former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer to convene like minded postsecondary leaders share best practices and models for the effort s expansion and to serve as recruiting tool to get more individuals involved in the work to expand the initiative throughout states and local communities A full list of the board members is located here To that end one of the core functions of this new board will be to spearhead a public awareness and grassroots campaign called Heads Up America The goal of this effort is to spread awareness about community colleges and to create a nationwide movement to support the President s call for lawmakers to take action on his America s College Promise proposal More information on this effort can be found here Odds Ends With the Fiscal Year 2016 funding deadline on September 30 th fast approaching lawmakers are currently working to avoid a government shutdown over Republican opposition to any funding measure that contains support for Planned Parenthood While no deal has been reached as of today the likelihood of a temporary stop gap spending measure known as a Continuing Resolution or CR is growing increasingly likely NASDCTEc will provide further information about that process next week The Workforce Data Quality Campaign hosted a Congressional briefing on the need to more effectively leverage education and workforce data to improve education and employment outcomes for students The briefing also examined ways in which data systems could be improved from local state and federal perspectives More information on the event can be found here Chairman John Kline R MN of the House Education and Workforce Committee recently announced that he will not seek reelection in 2016 While he will remain Chair of the Committee through next year his

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  • This Week in CTE « Series « NASDCTEc Blog
    OF THE WEEK This week we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week with this video Thankful to all of our CTE educators out there Watch the video REPORT OF THE WEEK The Economic Value of College Majors analyzes 137 college majors and their economic benefits The report includes a list of key findings one of which is that the top paying college majors like STEM and business earn 3 4 million more than the lowest paying majors such as early childhood education and the arts over a lifetime Read More Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in News Publications Research Comments Off This Week in CTE May 1st 2015 TWEET OF THE WEEK AsiaSocietyPGL Australian Education Gives All Students Skills for the Workplace http asi as 5cLEDS CTE CTEWorks thanks for the post More ARTICLE OF THE WEEK Baldwin Technical Education can Boost our Workforce Senator Tammy Baldwin makes the case why Career Technical Education CTE is a high priority for her work in the U S Senate More RESOURCE OF THE WEEK Learn more about President Obama s Upskill Initiative providing workers with the education and skills they need to be successful in the workplace through the White House report and fact sheet NASDCTEc RESOURCE OF THE WEEK Looking for an introduction to CTE Visit our CTE Videos page to brush up on your CTE knowledge More Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in News Resources Comments Off This Week in CTE April 24th 2015 TWEET OF THE WEEK VP By the end of the decade we need 1 3 million IT jobs 600 000 nurses 100 000 high skilled manufacturing jobs https www whitehouse gov the press office 2015 04 24 fact sheet administration announces new commitments support president 0 More GRAPHIC OF THE WEEK The Bloomberg Recruiter Report Job Skills Companies Want But Can t Get Bloomberg surveyed corporations to find out what skills are missing from recent MBA graduates Though the survey is focused on this demographic this chart provides insight into what businesses are looking for in their employees More REPORT OF THE WEEK Employer Perspectives on Competency Based Education Employers weigh in on how competency based education CBE impacts hiring A survey of 500 hiring managers found that there is very little awareness around CBE and how hiring credential bearing graduates may benefit them and their organization More RESOURCE OF THE WEEK Lifelong Learning Skills for College and Career Readiness Considerations for education policy The College Career Readiness Success Center CCRS developed an annotated bibliography of the research into lifelong learning skills the skills needed to master a subject and translate knowledge into action From the bibliography CCRS Center developed a brief summarizing the policy considerations for including lifelong learning skills in educational objectives More Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in News Publications Research Resources Comments Off This Week in CTE March 20th 2015 TWEET OF THE WEEK NOCTI1 Your First Year in CTE 10 Things to Know provides many hands on examples and resources for use in teaching within the CTE classroom More ARTICLE OF THE WEEK Obama and Walker Both Wrong A study of 150 CEOs plant managers human resource directors educators and administrators throughout Wisconsin show that filling the skills gap is a multipronged approach Employers not only want employees with strong technical expertise but someone who will work hard and think creatively to solve problems a true mix of hard and soft skills A few educators and trainers in Wisconsin have developed innovative models of education for training learners across the skills spectrum More RESOURCE OF THE WEEK A Framework for Coherence College and Career Readiness Standards Multi Tiered Systems of Support and Educator Effectiveness Center on Great Teachers Leaders at the American Institutes for Research released an issue brief detailing how the alignment of college and career readiness standards educator effectiveness systems and positive behavioral supports or Multi tiered systems of support can positively impact instruction while also supporting at risk learners More MEDIA OF THE WEEK National Agriculture Day FFA s National Agriculture day was March 18 Learn more through this video More PARTNER UPDATE OF THE WEEK DECA has partnered with Working in Support of Education w se and American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute AHLEI to offer a variety of certifications More Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Tags This Week in CTE Posted in NASDCTEc Resources News Publications Research Resources Comments Off This Week in CTE March 13th 2015 TWEET OF THE WEEK DiscoveryEd There are 600 000 unfilled manufacturing jobs right now Think about that Not always about future jobs CorpsInEdu alcoafoundation More ARTICLE OF THE WEEK Career and Technical Education Should be the Rule Not the Exception Tim Hodges PhD Director of Research for Gallup s Education Practice makes a detailed case for why Career Technical Education CTE is critical to all student s education Research shows not only are skills more important than where a student graduated from to employers but also that CTE concentrators in high school are 15 percent more likely to graduate than the national average Hodges goes on to highlight his own experience in CTE courses and how learning skills like fundraising budgeting teamwork and mentorship were key components to his work today More MEDIA OF THE WEEK Digital Learning Day It s Digital Learning Day and the Alliance for Excellent Education is live streaming the event featuring schools from across the country as they discuss how using technology effectively benefits their school The program begins at 1 p m eastern More PARTNER UPDATE OF THE WEEK Teaching 21st Century Skills March 18 8 p m Eastern Time This month the College and Career Readiness and Success CCRS Center is partnering with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders GTL Center for their monthly Twitter chat Join the conversation on Wednesday March 18 using CCRSchat Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in NASDCTEc Resources News Resources Comments Off This Week in CTE March 6th 2015 TWEET OF THE WEEK CareerBuilder The title says it all

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  • Legislative Updates « Series « NASDCTEc Blog
    based organizations Grant amounts will range from 2 5 million to 5 million each and must make efforts to align and coordinate with other postsecondary education programs and career pathways available in a state or local area Applications are due April 30 2015 and more information on how to apply including program factsheets and checklists can be found here Steve Voytek Government Relations Manager Tags Apprenticeships HEA perkins funding Posted in Legislation News Public Policy Comments Off Congress Considers a Cromnibus ED Announces Start of P3 Initiative December 5th 2014 A new term is quickly entering the beltway lexicon this holiday season a hybrid funding approach known as a cromnibus is now under consideration by House Republicans which would fund most but not all of the federal government for the remainder of the 2015 federal Fiscal Year FY As we have shared previously Congress failed to enact the necessary appropriations legislation earlier this summer to fund governmental operations in FY 2015 To avert another government shutdown lawmakers passed a Continuing Appropriations Resolution CR in late September which temporarily extended FY 2014 funding levels into FY 2015 which began on October 1 of this year Unfortunately this extension resulted in a 0 054 percent across the board cut to all discretionary programs including the Carl D Perkins Act Perkins basic state grant program because of lower revenue levels and lost savings elsewhere in the federal budget in FY 2015 Since that time Congress has struggled to come to a longer term agreement for how to fund the federal government past the current CR s expiration date on December 11 2014 NASDCTEc and its partners in the Career Technical Education CTE community have recently called on Congress to pass comprehensive omnibus appropriations legislation in lieu of another temporary funding measure An omnibus would replace the current CR with a consolidated package of the necessary 12 individual appropriations bills needed to fund the federal government a move which would give greater certainty to the CTE community regarding future funding levels for the Perkins Act s basic state grant program Despite a number of obstacles over the past several weeks House Republicans now seem to be coalescing around the legislative strategy of a cromnibus legislation which fuses an omnibus and a CR into one bill In this proposal eleven out of the 12 annual appropriations bills including the legislation which funds the U S Department of Education and relatedly the Perkins Act would receive funding for the remainder of FY 2015 The Department of Homeland Security DHS the primary federal agency tasked with implementing President Obama s recent executive action on immigration would receive another temporary funding bill into the early part of next year In pursuing this strategy House Republicans hope to leverage future concessions on immigration policy from the Obama Administration using a series of CRs to fund DHS moving forward While a final version of this legislation has yet to be released Congressional Democrats and President Obama have not said whether they would accept such a deal although more recently both have signaled they may be open to such an approach Democratic receptiveness to the cromnibus approach will likely hinge on the inclusion of other policy riders in the legislation something that both parties in Congress are currently negotiating Check back here early next week when NASDCTEc expects further Congressional activity on federal funding U S Department of Education Announces P3 Initiative As we shared earlier this year the U S Departments of Education ED Labor DOL and Health Human Services HHS announced a new initiative to more effectively support disconnected youth by granting additional flexibility to existing federally funded programs to develop innovative solutions and strategies in local communities across the country Dubbed Performance Pilot Partnerships or P3 for short the agencies will select ten local applications to launch pilot projects using additional flexibility for existing discretionary grant programs administered by the agencies Local Perkins grant recipients are among the programs eligible to participate in these pilots An additional 700 000 in funding will be available for successful applicants who the departments hope will braid existing funding streams together in new ways to more effectively support disconnected youth Applications are due by March 4 2105 and the winners of the project will be announced further into next year More information on P3 can be found here and application details can be accessed here Senator Harkin Introduces HEA Proposal Just before Thanksgiving last week soon to be retired Senator Tom Harkin D IA Chairman of the Health Education Labor and Pensions HELP Committee formally introduced the Higher Education and Affordability Act The bill seeks to reauthorize the Higher Education Act which is set to expire in the coming year Although the bill will not move out of the HELP Committee prior to the new 114 th Congress set to begin next year the legislation does contain a number of promising proposals which NASDCTEc has been supportive of including Restoring the Pell Grant Program s Ability to Benefit and Year round Pell provisions Repealing the ban on the creation of student unit record system and enable accurate measurement of postsecondary student outcomes Strengthening support for early college and dual enrollment programs Encouraging employer community college partnerships NASDCTEc applauds the Senator s commitment to affordable high quality postsecondary education and looks forward to reauthorization process of HEA in the New Year More information on the bill can be found here and the text of the legislation is located here The next incoming Chairman for the HELP Committee Senator Lamar Alexander R TN is widely expected to prioritize the reauthorization of HEA in the next Congress Steve Voytek Government Relations Manager Tags HEA P3 perkins funding Posted in Legislation News Public Policy Comments Off Congress Continues to Struggle on Appropriations Ahead of Presidential Announcement VP Biden Talks CTE November 20th 2014 Following the midterm elections earlier this month Congress reconvened last week to begin their final lame duck session of the 113 th Congress As the Republican Party prepares to take control of the Senate and with it the entire Congress lawmakers must still grapple with a number of pressing issues before setting to work in the 114 th Congress beginning in the New Year Topping the list of Congressional to do s over the next several weeks is the need to pass legislation to fund the government to avert another shutdown of federal operations something that only too recently happened late last year As we have previously shared Congress failed to pass the necessary appropriations legislation to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year FY 2015 Instead lawmakers passed a temporary stopgap funding measure known as a Continuing Appropriations Resolution CR which extended FY 2014 spending levels into the current 2015 federal fiscal year that began on October 1 2014 However due to differences in revenue levels and lost savings elsewhere in the federal budget this extension resulted in an across the board cut of 0 054 percent to all programs including the Carl D Perkins Act Perkins Until recently it was widely anticipated that a comprehensive omnibus appropriations bill legislation that combines all of the necessary 12 appropriations bills into one package would be passed by Congress sometime before the expiration date for the CR on December 11 of this year Doing so would replace the current CR with a long term agreement on federal spending until the next fiscal year and could possibly restore some of the funding reductions that were a result of the CR s passage this past September Senator Mikulski D MD and Representative Hal Rogers R KY the current Appropriations Committee Chairpersons in both the Senate and the House have been working to finalize such a bill for the past several weeks and appear to be close to a final agreement However it remains uncertain at this time if lawmakers will be able come to such an agreement before the December 11 th deadline Congressional Republicans and the Obama Administration are currently at odds over a widely expected Executive Action from the President on immigration an announcement that will likely occur this evening Many Republican lawmakers are opposed to such a move and have debated a number of responses including passing another short term CR or possibly passing an Omnibus but eliminating funding for federal departments or agencies which carry out aspects of the President s expected action on immigration Publicly the Republican Party remains divided on how they will respond whether through the appropriations process or otherwise Nonetheless as Chairman Rogers recently pointed out We need to do an omnibus bill funding the entire government for the rest of the year and get that whole business behind us so that come January we will have a clean slate rather than looking backwards to old fights that we could look forward to making positive changes NASDCTEc applauds this sentiment and remains hopeful that Congress will pass a comprehensive omnibus bill for the remainder of FY 2015 Along with the Association for Career and Technical Education ACTE NASDCTEc has recently called on Congress to pass this much needed legislation and restore the remaining cuts to the Perkins Act As this process unfolds we urge you the Career Technical Education community to do the same Don t know who your members of Congress are Find out here AFL CIO AFT Host Vice President Biden for CTE Workforce Development Summit Late last week the AFL CIO along with the American Federation of Teachers AFT hosted a Career and Technical Education CTE Workforce Development Summit which explored the ways CTE and workforce development programs can create multiple pathways for student success CTE has the promise and potential to help equip a new generation of workers with the skills and knowledge needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow and to forge a new path to college and life said AFT President Randi Weingarten Vice President Joe Biden delivered the keynote address for the event emphasizing the importance of education and employer partnerships These partnerships provide a seamless transition so folks can go from a classroom to a job and from job to job within the industry they re in he said adding We have to maintain and enhance our workforce so we have the most sophisticated best trained workforce in the world Later on in the day Snap on Inc Chairman and CEO Nicholas Pinchuk couched this in even clearer terms declaring We are in a global competition for jobs and the single best weapon is CTE We need to out skill the competition During the all day summit several panels explored a number of CTE and workforce development issues including employer engagement apprenticeship programs effectively using labor market information and strategies for scaling up other innovative education and workforce program models Yet the most common theme throughout the day centered on CTE s evolution over the past several decades from vocational education and into today s modern conception of CTE Nearly every panelist agreed that today s CTE has made extraordinary progress and is now very much a viable pathway for any number of postsecondary and career ambitions U S Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez capped off the day with a rousing address on the U S Department of Labor s DOL work on apprenticeships Perez made a number of references to DOL s upcoming grant program the America Apprenticeship Initiative Grantees for this 100 million program the successor to last year s Youth CareerConnect grants are expected to be announced by the end of the year More information on the summit can be found here NASDCTEc Finalizes Higher Education Recommendations With the next Congress widely expected to take up the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act the consideration of the nation s primary legislation governing the nation s postsecondary education system presents a unique opportunity for the CTE community to have their voices heard as this process unfolds To that end NASDCTEc has recently finalized a set of recommendations for the reauthorization of the legislation which can be viewed here Odds Ends Speaker of the House John Boehner R OH recently released a document outlining the pillars of his vision for a new Republican Congressional majority Although education is part of this platform the Perkins Act and CTE more generally were notably absent Yesterday the U S Departments of Labor and Education hosted a town hall listening session on the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act WIOA to aid in implementation of the new law More recently the Department of Education released a short video outlining the various intersection points between WIOA and Perkins IV The U S Department of Education s recently finalized regulations defining gainful employment have been challenged in court by the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities Pending action by the court system these regulations are still set to go into effect next year Steve Voytek Government Relations Manager Tags appropriations HEA perkins funding Posted in Legislation News Public Policy Comments Off Midterm Elections Place Republicans in Control of Congress Gainful Employment Regulations Finalized November 6th 2014 The long anticipated 2014 midterm elections took place on Tuesday ushering in a wave of new Republicans into both chambers of Congress The central question ahead of these elections rested on the balance of power in the Senate and with it full Republican control of the entire Congress Late Tuesday night that question was finally put to rest As of this post the GOP has picked up seven new seats in the Senate with three races still in contention In the House the results were much the same with the Republicans swelling their majority in that Chamber to at least 243 and possibly 250 a high water mark for the Republican Party not seen since 1928 Although a few races are still in contention the Republican Party looks poised to add additional seats in both Chambers over the next several weeks as the elections results continue to trickle in Democrats who have served in both the House and the Senate on the Chambers respective education and appropriations committees have lost their seats which along with the influx of new Republican lawmakers to the Capitol will significantly change the composition of the Committees that oversee and ultimately fund the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Perkins along with other key education and workforce programs Senators Kay Hagan D NC and Mark Pryor D AR along with Representative Tim Bishop D NY who have served on education and appropriations committees in both Chambers have all lost reelection Two others including Senators Beigich D AK and Landrieu D LA are in races whose final outcome have yet to be determined So what does this all mean for the Career Technical Education community First and foremost the key Committees in both Chambers which will oversee the reauthorization of the Perkins Act the Senate s Health Education Labor and Pensions HELP Committee and the House s Education and the Workforce HEW Committee will look dramatically different in the 114 th Congress which is set to convene formally on January 3 rd 2015 Current Ranking Member of the Senate s HELP Committee Lamar Alexander R TN will likely become Chairman of this influential committee where he is expected to prioritize the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA and the Higher Education Act HEA in the committee s legislative queue Additionally the retirement of Chairman Tom Harkin D IA has positioned Senator Patty Murray D WA to likely take the Ranking Member position on the HELP Committee next January Both Senators Alexander and Murray were among the main architects behind recent reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act evidence that the two could also work in bipartisan fashion on other education and workforce issues In the House current HEW Chairman John Kline R MN is expected to retain his position pending Republican leadership approval of a request for a term limit extension to stay on as Chair current House rules cap panel leadership at three terms For the Democrats Representative Bobby Scott D VA is anticipated to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of current HEW Ranking Member George Miller D CA With the Republican Party set to take the reins of Congressional power early next year the question now shifts to what education and workforce legislation possibly including the Perkins Act will be prioritized in a new Congress Nevertheless the current lame duck Congress still has much to accomplish beginning next week when both Chambers are set to reconvene As we have previously shared Congress passed a Continuing Appropriations Resolution CR which extended Fiscal Year FY 2014 spending levels into the current FY 2015 This stopgap funding measure is set to expire on December 11 th of this year and Congress must act to fund the federal government past that date NASDCTEc and the Association for Career and Technical Education ACTE have called on Congress to pass a comprehensive omnibus spending bill to replace the current CR and restore funding to the Perkins basic state grant program Senate Democrats recently circulated a similar request last month As all of this and more unfolds over the coming weeks and months check back here for more information and updates Gainful Employment Regulations Finalized and Released Last Friday the Obama Administration s Department of Education ED released the final version of its widely anticipated gainful employment regulations which impact postsecondary institutions offering career education programs These newly finalized rules set to go into effect July 1 st 2015 regulate institutional eligibility to access Title IV federal student aid under the Higher Education Act HEA Current law requires that most for profit programs and certificate programs at non profit and public institutions prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation to access Title IV student aid money However current statute does not fully define the term gainful employment and these regulations have sought to do just that As we have previously shared these regulations are the result of nearly five years of off and on negotiated rulemaking sessions between a broad swath of the higher education community and ED A previous attempt by the Department to implement new gainful employment regulations was struck down by a federal district court in 2012 which ruled that the rules were arbitrarily constructed and applied but upheld ED s authority to make a new more fully justified set in the future Last Friday after months of negotiated rulemaking sessions failed to reach consensus agreement ED released the final version of these regulations for public consumption Under the proposed regulations gainful employment will be measured using three criteria which ED hopes will identify and weed out the lowest performing programs among the institutions and programs these regulations apply to Almost all programs at for profit postsecondary institutions as well as non degree programs at public and private nonprofit institutions including some community colleges and area career technical education centers will be subject to these new regulations which include Certification Requirements Institutions must certify that their gainful employment programs meet accreditation standards along with state or federal licensure requirements Accountability Metrics To remain eligible to receive Title IV funds gainful employment programs must meet two minimum standards for their graduates debt to earnings less than 8 percent of total earnings or less than 20 percent of discretionary earnings Public Transparency Institutions must make performance and outcome data including costs graduate earnings debt and completion rates publicly available for each of their gainful employment programs The Department s factsheet which lays out these metrics in a bit more detail can be found here Significantly ED did not include a program cohort default rate pCDR as a third accountability metric a measure which was included in the Department s initial proposal this past spring Many community colleges and sub associate degree institutions argued that a pCDR metric would unfairly penalize their programs whose students largely do not receive any federal student aid While these regulations are set to go into effect July 1 st 2015 a transition period for institutions to meet the more stringent debt to earnings metrics will be established over the next seven years to allow programs to make the necessary changes to meet these new requirements A press release from ED containing more information can be found here and the final regulations can be found here Steve Voytek Government Relations Manager Tags Elections Gainful Employment Higher Education Act Perkins perkins funding Posted in News Public Policy Comments Off Legislative Update Congress Passes Temporary Funding Measure Obama Administration Unveils Round IV of TAACCCT September 29th 2014 As we shared earlier this month Congress continued to struggle to pass the necessary appropriations legislation needed to fund the federal government in Fiscal Year FY 2015 set to begin October 1 st 2014 Despite topline spending caps put in place by the Bipartisan Budget Agreement BBA earlier this year widespread disagreement on individual funding levels for certain programs ultimately derailed the budget and appropriations process which had been ongoing since the release of President Obama s budget request to Congress this past March In order to avert another federal government shutdown similar to what happened this time last year Congress passed a short term Continuing Appropriations Resolution CR which extends current FY 2014 spending levels through December 11th 2014 Currently federal programs are being funded via the 2014 Omnibus spending package passed this past January which increased funding for the Perkins act by 53 2 million over FY 2013 levels President Obama has recently signed this legislation into law which will continue funding the Perkins Act at this level at least until a longer term agreement is reached This is likely to occur sometime after the conclusion of the Congressional midterm elections this November Following the passage of this legislation both Chambers of Congress adjourned until after these elections the results of which will largely determine the ability of Congress to accomplish its remaining legislative agenda for the year It is important to note that while this CR extends current funding levels imbalances between FY 2014 revenue levels and those projected for FY 2015 will result in a small across the board reduction to all discretionary programs including the Perkins Act for the duration of this CR For the U S Department of Education ED and the programs it oversees this cut translates into a 0 0554 percent reduction in funding which will require revisions to the FY 2015 budget estimates released to states for the Perkins Act basic state grant program As ED revises these estimates NASDCTEc will keep the CTE community abreast to changes in Perkins funding and will continue to advocate for a full year appropriations bill when Congress reconvenes in November Obama Administration Announces TAACCCT Grants This morning Vice President Joe Biden unveiled the winners of the fourth and final round of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training TAACCCT grants worth 450 million in total This initiative traces its roots back to 2009 as part of the Obama Administration s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ARRA which allocated roughly 2 billion in competitive grant funding for community colleges and other eligible postsecondary institutions to expand career training programs lasting two years or less Since 2009 three rounds of grants have been awarded to a variety of institutions seeking to strengthen and expand workforce training partnerships across the country This last round focused on bringing to scale in demand job training programs through industry partnerships promoting seamless transitions between education and training and improving upon statewide employment end education data use In all nearly 270 community colleges partnering with more than 400 employers received 71 grants which is co administered by the U S Departments of Education and Labor More information can be found here Senators Introduce CTE Teacher Training Legislation Senate CTE Caucus co chairs Tim Kaine D VA Rob Portman R OH and Tammy Baldwin D WI introduced the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act this month legislation that aims to address an ongoing CTE teacher shortage in many states and local communities throughout the country Specifically this bill would amend the Higher Education Act to create a CTE teacher training grant program to encourage partnerships between high need secondary and postsecondary CTE institutions to recruit and train high quality CTE teachers Presently HEA has a similar program in place to promote these efforts but it does not currently focus on CTE specifically NASDCTEc applauds this legislation and is encouraged by the Senators continued commitment to the CTE enterprise A press release with additional information on this bill can be found here Steve Voytek Government Relations Manager Tags HEA perkins funding TAACCCT Posted in Legislation News Public Policy Comments Off New CTE Legislation Introduced in the Senate Caucus Event Highlights Confluence of CTE Literacy September 15th 2014 Late last week Senator Tammy Baldwin D WI co Chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education CTE Caucus introduced the Career and Technical Education Opportunity Act S 2795 legislation aimed at expanding eligibility for federal student aid programs to postsecondary CTE students Co sponsored by fellow Senate CTE Caucus co Chair Tim Kaine D VA the legislation amends the Higher Education Act HEA to allow students enrolled in shorter term CTE programs that lead to an industry recognized credential to qualify for federally backed student loans made available under Title IV of the law Specifically the CTE Opportunity Act amends current program eligibility requirements under HEA to incorporate programs that have at least 250 clock hours offered over a minimum duration of five weeks of instruction a lower threshold than current law so long as the program culminates in an industry recognized credential in demand within a local regional or state economy NASDCTEc has supported this legislation and applauds the Senators ongoing commitment to ensure equitable access to federal student aid programs for postsecondary CTE students As our nation works to educate and train students of today for the jobs of tomorrow it is critical that we afford them the necessary resources to complete education and training programs that are most demanded by employers said NASDCTEc Executive Director Kimberly Green during the bill s introduction last week A press release and additional information on the bill can be found here Senate CTE Caucus Hosts Briefing on CTE and Literacy Last Thursday the Senate CTE Caucus hosted a briefing on strategies and approaches for integrating literacy services with Career Technical Education CTE coursework The event aimed to highlight the interdependency between CTE and literacy programs particularly technical literacy provided by schools as a way to combine efforts to prepare students for the demands of the workplace Three distinguished panelists including Sheila Harrity Principal of Worcester Technical High School and a recent Principal of the Year participated in the event The briefing began by highlighting an ongoing collaborative effort between two experienced CTE practitioners from the Arlington Career Center who have successfully integrated their Information Technology IT program with the school s English Language Learners ELL department in a number innovative ways For instance students from Arlington s IT programs developed a mobile app dictionary for students in ELL programs to use and also developed related games for ELL students to hone their vocabulary and grammar For her part Harrity highlighted her school s journey to becoming a leading national CTE school while highlighting the importance of strong partnerships with community businesses and other employers to the school s success to date Following the panel s presentations Senators and CTE Caucus Co Chairs Kaine D VA and Baldwin D WI gave remarks on several new bills they had recently introduced including the CTE Opportunity Act outlined above and the Middle STEP Act introduced last week Summing up the overall narrative of the briefing Senator Kaine captured it succinctly in his remarks saying I detect an ongoing transformation in how we view Career and Technical Education Odds and Ends As we shared in May the full House approved legislation which aims to reauthorize the Education Sciences Reform Act ESRA Titled the Strengthening Education Through Research Act SETRA the bill continues its support of education research programs and of particular note to the CTE community grants for state longitudinal data systems SLDS The Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions HELP Committee is set to hold a mark up of this legislation this Wednesday September 17 th The Chamber is also expected to bring last week s Continuing Resolution CR to the floor for a House wide vote tomorrow or Wednesday of this week The U S Department of Education awarded 14 7 million to 40 school districts in 20 states across the nation late last month to create or expand school counseling programs in elementary and secondary schools More info on the program and project abstracts can be found here Next Tuesday September 23 rd 2014 the U S Departments of Labor Education and Health and Human Services will host a National Dialogue on Career Pathways Leaders from these agencies will provide insights into how to effectively develop and sustain these promising models More information can be found here Steve Voytek Government Relations Associate Tags HEA Senate CTE Caucus Posted in Legislation News Public Policy Comments Off Legislative Update House Delays Action on CR CTE Legislation Introduced in the Senate OCTAE Hosts RPOS Briefing September 11th 2014 Having just returned from a month long August recess House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers R KY introduced a Continuing Resolution CR late Tuesday night to extend current Fiscal Year FY 2014 appropriations levels through December 11 th 2014 Current federal appropriations are set to expire October 1 st 2014 Congress must act prior to that date to avert a shutdown of government operations when the new FY 2015 is set to begin Despite the topline spending caps put in place via the Bipartisan Budget Agreement BBA earlier this year widespread disagreement on individual program funding levels has largely contributed to much of the Congressional gridlock seen throughout the year In the later parts of the summer with the November midterm elections fast approaching and with the Congress annual August recess commencing it became apparent to lawmakers in both parties that a temporary funding measure would be necessary to fund government operations after the deadline After much anticipation the Chairman introduced H J Resolution 124 which would extend current FY 2014 funding through December 11 th 2014 to do just that Due to differences in FY 2014 and FY 2015 spending levels this extension will result in a small across the board cut to all discretionary spending programs totaling 0 0554 percent For the Department of Education ED specifically that would result in a 37 3 million reduction in funds However since most ED programs such as the Carl D Perkins Act s Perkins basic state grant program are funded in advance also known as forward funded this reduction will have no impact on current funding levels for these programs until a longer term decision on appropriations is made ahead of the extension deadline in December Another important feature of this particular CR is that it contains no unrelated amendments or riders something that would make its passage much more difficult and will likely be considered under House rules preventing the proposal of such controversial amendments Although the House intended to act on this legislation yesterday Republican leadership in the Chamber announced that they have postponed a vote until next week This delay is being attributed to a last minute request from the Obama administration for additional funding authority to aid Syrian rebels efforts in the region However there is also some conservative opposition to the length of the CR and the extension of the Export Import Bank which may make its passage more difficult Nevertheless NASDCTEc expects a vote in the House on this CR by the middle of next week Senators Introduce Middle STEP Act Yesterday Senator Kaine D VA co chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education CTE Caucus introduced the Middle School Technical Education Program Middle STEP Act which would promote career exploration activities in middle school The Middle STEP Act proposes to establish a pilot program for middle schools to develop CTE exploration programs in partnership with postsecondary institutions and employers Co sponsored by Senators Boxer D CA Casey D PA and Warner D VA the Middle STEP Act aims to expose students to a wide range of career choices through hands on learning so they will be more informed about future paths and what they can do in high school to pursue them according to Sen Kaine Middle school is an important time for students to explore their own strengths likes and dislikes and CTE exploration programs are great tools to educate them about the type of coursework or training that goes into a career field that matches their interests NASDCTEc provided input during the development of the legislation and is supportive of the Senators vigorous interest in promoting career exploration a critically important feature in many successful CTE programs The Association of Career and Technical Education ACTE also issued a statement of support for this legislation which can be viewed here OCTAE Briefing on RPOS Earlier this week the Office of Career Adult Technical Education OCTAE at the U S Department of Education held a briefing on the Rigorous Programs of Study RPOS grant bringing together state and local educators from the grantee states Arizona Kansas Maryland Montana Wisconsin and Utah The briefing covered a range of local outcomes from the RPOS grant such as new collaboration between CTE mathematics and literacy teachers at Helena High School in Montana a new system of stackable credentials and credits between Peoria high schools Glendale Community College and Northern Arizona University and industry externships for counselors in Wichita Kansas The common theme from the 13 secondary and postsecondary educators representing the six states was that the RPOS framework and supportive grant helped raise the rigor partnerships and credibility of CTE in their communities Odds and Ends With the recent passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act the process for implementation of the legislation is underway To that end the U S Department of Education and Labor asked for public input into the development of accountability metrics which will eventually be required under the law In response NASDCTEc and ACTE submitted joint comments which can be viewed here The U S Department of Labor announced 76 3 million in YouthBuild grants in August More information can be found here The U S Department of Education also released new information regarding their Performance Partnership Pilots P3 initiative An updated Frequently Asked Questions FAQs page recent presentation recordings and an updated consultation paper have all been added to the department s website Steve Voytek Government Relations Associate Posted in Legislation News Public Policy Comments Off Legislative Update WIOA Becomes Law VP Releases Federal Job Training Review as Competency Based Education Gains Support July 30th 2014 Last Tuesday President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act WIOA historic legislation which supports workforce development activities throughout the country and funds job training programs for displaced youth and adults This legislation reauthorizes and modernizes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and makes a number of positive improvements to that law Over the past two months WIOA was approved in both the House and Senate by overwhelming majorities before making its way to the President s desk for signature Following its enactment into law the U S Departments of Labor and Education have now set to work developing the necessary policies and regulatory guidance for states and local areas to implement the provisions of WIOA NASDCTEc will continue to engage in this process and keep the CTE community up to date as the law is implemented Additional information from the U S Departments of Labor and Education can be found here and here Important dates

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