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  • Alabama « NASDCTEc Blog
    Employment a program first started in 2013 to provide partnerships between community colleges industry and nonprofits Iowa Governor Terry Branstad s proposed apprenticeship program also passed the legislature committing about 6 million for the Apprenticeship Training Program Fund and a job training program Sector Partnerships Alignment and Coordination Several state legislatures directed their workforce investment boards and other entities to determine local and regional workforce needs and to better align their work with counterparts in education and commerce In Alabama the state s workforce board was allocated 4 3 million for regions to determine local skill needs develop seamless educational pathways and align funding with identified local workforce needs The law also sets aside 600 000 for career coaches and an additional 200 000 for regional leadership planning efforts In a separate bill the state also created a workforce council to promote industry focused coordination between businesses and its P 12 and higher education systems Kentucky lawmakers required the state s Office of Education and Workforce Statistics to gather and disseminate employment and earnings data of public postsecondary graduates Meanwhile Oregonian lawmakers passed a bill to define a robust and effective workforce system by promoting coordination and collaboration of the state s employment economic development job training services and education sectors in particular community colleges and public and private universities Connecticut s manufacturing industry received a boost from the state legislature through the new Manufacturing Innovation Fund which can be used to support public and private education and training programs States also called upon their workforce boards education systems and businesses to create sector partnerships in order to better provide industry driven career pathways and address local and regional skills gaps Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Legislation Public Policy Tags Alabama Colorado Connecticut Idaho Indiana Iowa Kentucky Maine Oregon Catching Up With State Legislatures Part 2 Thursday June 12th 2014 Editor s Note This is part of a series that will highlight some of this year s major state legislature activity as it relates to Career Technical Education CTE Further explanation of the series can be found here and the first installment here For a comprehensive look back at the 2013 legislative sessions check out the 2013 CTE Year in Review which was published jointly by NASDCTEc and the Association for Career and Technical Education in March With more than 80 percent of high schools now enrolling students in dual enrollment coursework it s not a huge surprise that dual enrollment continued to expand its reach during the 2014 legislative sessions across the country In Alabama the governor signed a bill that seeks to incentivize a CTE dual enrollment scholarship program The scholarship program was first proposed by Gov Robert Bentley s College and Career Ready Task Force in January and further championed in the governor s State of the State address The scholarship program is intended to be funded by private donations from businesses and individuals who in turn would receive a 50 percent tax credit on their donations The law sets aside 5 million dollars for tax credits each year providing 10 million in scholarships for 9 500 students each year Additionally businesses that donate to the program can direct up to 80 percent of their donation to train students for a particular field In Alaska this year s legislative session was dubbed the education session by Gov Sean Parnell in his State of the State address in January Whether that focus was achieved still appears unclear but one large omnibus education bill did pass both chambers and was signed by the Governor last month Expanded CTE dual credit options were among the bill s final contents Institutions that receive funding through the state s Technical and Vocational Education Program TVEP must establish and maintain partnerships with Alaska schools for dual credit in high school and toward certification Florida and Oregon also expanded eligibility for dual enrollment Now Florida students can begin enrolling in dual credit courses starting in the sixth grade and in Oregon students in the 9 th and 10 th grades are now eligible Finally Montana Gov Steve Bullock announced recently that educators who teach dual enrollment classes will earn coupons to pay for their own college credits Gov Bullock said the program is designed to increase the number of dual credit courses available by providing an incentive to instructors themselves Under this new credit for credit program which will be funded by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education an educator with a master s degree teaching a dual credit course will receive a coupon that can be used toward classes in the Montana University System as well as tribal and community colleges These credits are also transferrable meaning teachers can give these credit coupons to friends family or even their students The pilot program will start this fall and end in spring 2016 Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Legislation Public Policy Tags Alabama Alaska dual enrollment Florida Montana Oregon CTE Month Special What Do the State of the States Mean for CTE Wednesday February 12th 2014 Over the last month governors around the country have gone before their state legislatures and constituents to deliver a state of the state address A great number of this year s state of the state addresses included proposals to expand CTE career readiness and expanded choices in postsecondary education Below is the first installment of our special CTE Month roundup of state of the states as they impact CTE In Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced his support for the plans laid by the Governor s Career Ready Task Force emphasizing the need for business and industry leaders to contribute to the conversation about what constitutes career readiness He advocated expanding Alabama s dual enrollment programs and providing for more career coaches Governor Sean Parnell of Alaska also endorsed CTE including proposals to expand dual enrollment programs and more CTE pathways He commended CTE as a strategy to raise

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  • Employer Engagement « NASDCTEc Blog
    Nevada approved a new policy in 2014 to develop statewide articulation agreements for all CTE programs of study to ensure that earned credit in an approved program has total transferability While several of the policy areas that were active in 2013 were also prominent in 2014 there were a few exceptions notably governance Fewer states made changes to CTE governance structures or clarified regulatory authority in 2014 than in the year prior Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in NASDCTEc Resources Public Policy Publications Research Resources Tags ACTE Articulation dual credit Employer Engagement funding Nevada work based learning Register Today for Upcoming Webinars Monday February 2nd 2015 There s still time to register for NASDCTEc s upcoming webinars 2014 State CTE Policy Review February 5 2015 3 4 p m ET States are increasingly looking to CTE as a means to help close the skills gap and boost the number of people with a postsecondary credential Join us as we step through the major state policy trends affecting CTE from 2014 including new laws executive actions and regulatory activity This webinar will coincide with the release of the second annual 2014 State CTE Policy Review a joint publication from ACTE and NASDCTEc Speakers Catherine Imperatore Research Manager Association for Career and Technical Education Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium Register Today Employer Engagement State Perspectives February 10 2015 2 3 p m ET Join us for an in depth discussion as we take a closer look at how Alabama and Kansas in concert with their employer partners work together to inform align and enhance their CTE systems at the secondary and postsecondary levels This webinar is the second in a series on employer engagement To learn more about employer engagement in CTE check out our newest report Speakers Dr Philip C Cleveland Alabama State Director of CTE and Workforce Development George Clark President Manufacture Alabama and Chair of the Alabama Workforce Investment Board Dr Blake Flanders Vice President of Workforce Development Kansas Board of Regents Keven Ward Public Sector Consultant Trane Register Today By Andrea Zimmermann in Meetings and Events NASDCTEc Resources Resources Uncategorized Webinars Tags Alabama Employer Engagement kansas state policy Webinars NASDCTEc Fall Meeting Blog Series The State of CTE Employer Engagement Monday November 3rd 2014 In late October at NASDCTEc s annual Fall Meeting five state and business leaders joined a panel to discuss their reactions to The State of Career Technical Education Employer Engagement in CTE a paper to be released accompanied by a free webinar register now on December 3rd The following are highlights from the panel Marie Barry Director of Career and Technical Education New Jersey Department of Education started us off by highlighting ways in which state leaders can use the report once it is released First she suggested using it as a reflection tool to answer questions such as does your state have the right employers at the table How can your state help in defining what a quality employer and CTE partnership is She also encouraged states to employee a model of working with schools to ensure states are engaging businesses effectively while also finding businesses to champion CTE in the state Next Andrew Musick Director of Policy and Research New Jersey Business Industry Association spoke about his group s support of an effort to pass an eight bill package which among other objectives would increase funding for the state s Country Vocational Technical Schools Along with the eight bills which delve into everything from funding and teacher preparedness to implementation of indicators for student career readiness Musick identified further goals Focus on workforce alignment Promote CTE as a resource for employers Create a strong infrastructure for school and employer partnerships Lolita Hall State CTE Director Virginia Department of Education showcased a premier partnership example the Virginia Department of Education has with the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association Through this partnership the Association has place over 1 000 students in automobile internships since 2000 Using this collaboration as a model Hall cited the following steps in developing an effective partnership Determine compatible procedures and policies Agree on roles and responsibilities of each partner organization Define ways in which you can leverage resources Define common outcomes and communicate it to stakeholders Establish mutual goals and objectives Monitor results Implement measures to mature partnerships and Recognize partners Lastly Matthew James President and CEO Peninsula Council for Workforce Development Newport News Virginia provided a call to action to states Your advantage is relevancy there is a sense of urgency Entrepreneurs need you Though CTE has the opportunity to create a workforce ready population he stated the importance of recognizing the international implications developing career ready students has on the U S Businesses will leave if you don t provide a skilled workforce said James For more information and resources from the 2014 Fall Meeting visit the Fall Meeting page Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate By Katie Fitzgerald in Meetings and Events NASDCTEc Fall Meeting Publications Tags Employer Engagement Fall Meeting publication webainr House CTE Caucus Hosts Field Hearing Monday October 27th 2014 On Friday the House Congressional Career and Technical Education CTE Caucus hosted a field hearing in Harrisburg Pennsylvania to explore the ongoing challenges with the nation s skills gap and the role CTE has in addressing it The bipartisan hearing titled The Role of Career Technical Education in Creating a Skilled Workforce Perspectives from Employers and Stakeholders was co hosted by State Senator John Blake PA 22 Co Chair of the House CTE Caucus Rep Glenn GT Thompson R PA Rep Mike Kelly R PA and Rep Perry R PA Rep Thompson began Friday s hearing by laying out the central role CTE has in addressing the nation s skills gap and pointed out that the number one asset of any business is its people and CTE is an integral part of developing them State Senator Blake also underscored the hearing s core

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  • kansas « NASDCTEc Blog
    secondary and postsecondary programs The report used survey data collected by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc that asked State CTE Directors how categorical funds were distributed during academic year 2011 12 as well as the use and perception of performance based funding for CTE In short the survey found that state approaches to CTE funding varies in emphasis and complexity and no single approach will meet the needs of every state The study also called for more research to better understand what impact if any the each of the state funding approaches has on program and student outcomes Financing Secondary and Postsecondary CTE State financing approaches broke down into three main categories foundational funding only funding for area CTE centers and categorical funding Foundational Funding Only All states distribute basic state aid to finance secondary education programming using a variety of formulas In this approach local administrators decide how to distribute funds across instructional priorities including CTE Nine respondents indicated they rely exclusively on foundational funding At community or technical colleges 30 states reported distributing funds to postsecondary institutions through block grants and not distinguishing funding for CTE Funding for Area CTE Centers Through this method funds are dedicated to support programming at area CTE centers that deliver CTE services to part time students Centralizing CTE programs can be a cost effective strategy Seven states reported having separate state funding for these centers at the secondary level and sometimes use a categorical funding approach to distribute funds Categorical Funding This approach dedicates funding to support career related instructional services and typically targets state funding for the exclusive use of CTE programming In fact 37 states earmarked state funds for secondary CTE using one of the following formulas student based 21 states cost based 7 states and or unit based 9 states At the postsecondary level seven states indicated providing categorical funding while most opted to allocate funding through basic state aid Performance based Funding Just seven states use performance based formulas to allocate secondary CTE funds by tying funding to performance measures such as placement of CTE students into postsecondary education or employment attainment of industry recognized credentials or CTE completion rates For federal Perkins dollars two states Texas and South Carolina do this for secondary CTE Five states Arizona Florida Kansas Missouri and West Virginia indicated using this formula to allocate state CTE funds on the secondary level At the postsecondary level four states Arkansas Georgia Minnesota and North Dakota reported using this approach with state funding while none reported doing this with Perkins funds For the vast majority of states that do not use performance based funding the most common reason was a lack of understanding from state leaders Almost half of states expressed an interest in adopting this approach to allocate a portion of their Perkins funds however training would be necessary if required by legislation Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Research Tags Arizona Arkansas cte funding Florida Georgia kansas Minnesota Missouri North Dakota performance based funding Perkins South Carolina texas West Virginia CTE Month Special What Do the State of the States Mean for CTE Part II Thursday February 13th 2014 Yesterday we released a summary of several state of the state addresses focusing on their implications for CTE in the year ahead Below is the second installment in this CTE Month special series highlighting more governors who took time out of their state of the state address to endorse programs for high quality CTE in their state During the State of the State Address in Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy embraced hands on learning committing his administration to working with private sector partners and educators to provide for early college and dual enrollment initiatives He also commended the P Tech program a collaboration between IBM and a number of New York City high schools that guides students through high school and provides for an additional two years of instruction Graduating students complete the P Tech program with advanced credentials and Governor Malloy expressed his desire to emulate this in Connecticut by offering a comprehensive skill centered pathway for students to credentials above and beyond a high school diploma Georgia Governor Nathan Deal touted the state s High Demand Career Initiative designed to bring together leaders of the University System of Georgia technical colleges and schools and state industry leaders to understand labor market needs as well as a 10M loan program for students attending technical colleges In Indiana Governor Mike Pence outlined his desire to make CTE an option for every Hoosier student He encouraged not only the development of programs to allow secondary students an easier path into postsecondary CTE programs but also for adult education that would allow professionals to seek retraining to improve their skills and competencies making them more competitive in today s labor market Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa promoted his Iowa Apprenticeship and Job Training Act entailing a number of initiatives to increase student access to apprenticeships by tripling funding for apprenticeships under the state s 260F worker training program He also cited his state s recent success expanding STEM education anticipating 60 000 or more students will have access to STEM programs in the state as a result of the efforts of the STEM Advisory Council an initiative led by Vermeer CEO Mary Andringa and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas touted a 75 percent increase in enrollment in CTE since the state launched its Career Technical Education Initiative The sweeping plan from 2012 included 8 75 million for CTE programs covering tuition for students taking postsecondary CTE courses 1 5 million to high schools that encourage students to earn industry recognized credentials and allotting funds to spread the word about job opportunities for CTE graduates In Maryland Governor Martin O Malley announced his desire for every high school student in Maryland to graduate with a modern technical skill and a year of college credit

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  • Governors call on Congress to Act on Perkins, ESEA « NASDCTEc Blog
    User Agreement Relevant Resources Issue 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 Upcoming Webinars Legislative Update Obama Administration Announces Two New Training and Education Initiatives as the 114th Congress Begins Governors call on Congress to Act on Perkins ESEA As the 114 th Congress officially starts this week the nation s governors called on lawmakers to reauthorize long overdue federal education laws including the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Higher Education Act The National Governors Association NGA held its third annual State of the States address on Tuesday in Washington DC NGA Chair and Colorado Gov John Hickenlooper used the speech as a platform elevate important state issues regarding education veterans workforce development and more Forty three states are operating under waivers from No Child Left Behind said Utah Gov Gary Herbert who serves as NGA s vice chair government by waiver is a sign that underlying laws do not work and are in need of reform Education was a focus of remarks from both Herbert and Hickenlooper as they both recognized that the key to a better skilled workforce starts with better education Read the full remarks from both governors here 2015 State Legislative Sessions Get Under Way Just as Congress gets back to work so are many state legislatures across the country By the week s end nearly 20 state legislatures will have reconvened to tackle pressing issues affecting education workforce development and more With much turnover at all levels following the November elections and many states still funding K 12 and higher education below pre recession levels NASDCTEc will be tracking CTE related legislation across the country and keep you informed as it develops Later this month NASDCTEc and the Association for Career and Technical Education will publish our second annual State CTE Policy Review covering major state CTE activity from 2014 Be sure to check out our Feb 5 webinar register now In case you missed our 2013 brief you can get caught up here Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate Tags ACTE Colorado Legislation NGA state policy Utah This entry was posted on Wednesday January 7th 2015 at 9 04 am and is filed under News Webinars 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 13 September 2015 11

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  • ACTE « NASDCTEc Blog
    active in 2013 were also prominent in 2014 there were a few exceptions notably governance Fewer states made changes to CTE governance structures or clarified regulatory authority in 2014 than in the year prior Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in NASDCTEc Resources Public Policy Publications Research Resources Tags ACTE Articulation dual credit Employer Engagement funding Nevada work based learning Governors call on Congress to Act on Perkins ESEA Wednesday January 7th 2015 As the 114 th Congress officially starts this week the nation s governors called on lawmakers to reauthorize long overdue federal education laws including the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Higher Education Act The National Governors Association NGA held its third annual State of the States address on Tuesday in Washington DC NGA Chair and Colorado Gov John Hickenlooper used the speech as a platform elevate important state issues regarding education veterans workforce development and more Forty three states are operating under waivers from No Child Left Behind said Utah Gov Gary Herbert who serves as NGA s vice chair government by waiver is a sign that underlying laws do not work and are in need of reform Education was a focus of remarks from both Herbert and Hickenlooper as they both recognized that the key to a better skilled workforce starts with better education Read the full remarks from both governors here 2015 State Legislative Sessions Get Under Way Just as Congress gets back to work so are many state legislatures across the country By the week s end nearly 20 state legislatures will have reconvened to tackle pressing issues affecting education workforce development and more With much turnover at all levels following the November elections and many states still funding K 12 and higher education below pre recession levels NASDCTEc will be tracking CTE related legislation across the country and keep you informed as it develops Later this month NASDCTEc and the Association for Career and Technical Education will publish our second annual State CTE Policy Review covering major state CTE activity from 2014 Be sure to check out our Feb 5 webinar register now In case you missed our 2013 brief you can get caught up here Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in News Webinars Tags ACTE Colorado Legislation NGA state policy Utah ACTE s Infographic Promotes CTE Funding Wednesday August 21st 2013 To make your voice heard when the Congress is out during their month long recess in August reach out to the policy makers through social media Digital advocacy campaigns over Twitter and Facebook are not only gaining popularity but are also surprisingly effective Tapping into this the Association for Career Technical Education ACTE has developed a compelling infographic to spread the message of CTE and the importance of stopping cuts to Perkins funding The call to action is to share the infopgraphic on Facebook pages of your Members of Congress throughout the month More information on this

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  • Legislation « NASDCTEc Blog
    both Perkins secondary and postsecondary programs Under Foxx s bill Perkins funds would have been eligible to be consolidated into a Workforce Investment Fund and used for workforce activities After hearing from the CTE community new language was added to the Workforce Investment Improvement Act that singles out Perkins as one program whose funds cannot be consolidated into the Workforce Investment Fund The Workforce Investment Improvement Act also proposes changes to the Job Corps program to ensure that CTE and job training offered under that program is focused on in demand occupations and that disadvantaged youth receive a regular high school diploma and or a postsecondary credential that prepares them for employment Democrats on the Committee are not supportive of the bill and offered a substitute bill as an amendment Their bill focused on career pathways in high demand industries that lead to industry recognized credentials and postsecondary attainment It would also expand the role of community colleges in job training The Democrats amendment was voted down along party lines A summary of H R 4297 can be found here Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Legislation Tags accountability career pathways community colleges Congress credentials federal legislation Job training Legislation postsecondary Public Policy WIA workforce youth employment Department s Perkins Reauthorization Proposal Raises Questions and Concerns Friday April 20th 2012 Yesterday Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and OVAE Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann Messier unveiled Investing in America s Future A Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny Iowa This Blueprint outlines the Obama Administration s plan for reauthorizing the Perkins Act and revolves around the following four themes Alignment Effective alignment between high quality CTE programs and labor market needs to equip students with 21st century skills and prepare them for in demand occupations in high growth industry sectors Collaboration Strong collaborations among secondary and postsecondary institutions employers and industry partners to improve the quality of CTE programs Accountability Meaningful accountability for improving academic outcomes and building technical and employability skills in CTE programs for all students based upon common definitions and clear metrics for performance and Innovation Increased emphasis on innovation supported by systemic reform of state policies and practices to support CTE implementation of effective practices at the local level While we support the themes encompassed in the Blueprint we worry that the details related to each of these areas could have an adverse affect on CTE programs For example the proposal to award funds to consortia on a competitive basis could result in decreased inequitable student access to high quality CTE programs You can read our joint statement with ACTE here We will provide more detailed analysis in the coming days For more information from the Department of Education you can access a summary of the Blueprint as well as their press release Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Legislation Public Policy Tags accountability business and industry partnerships Equity federal legislation funding Innovation labor market Legislation OVAE Perkins Public Policy Secondary Secretary Duncan technical skills Career and Technical Education Leaders Respond to Department of Education Perkins Blueprint Friday April 20th 2012 Yesterday afternoon at Des Moines Area Community College Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released the Administration s proposal for Perkins reauthorization NASDCTEc together with ACTE issued a statement immediately following the release ALEXANDRIA VA On April 19 2012 Secretary of Education Arne Duncan unveiled Investing in America s Future A Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education outlining the Obama Administration s proposal for reauthorizing the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Perkins The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc and the Association for Career and Technical Education ACTE appreciate the Department s focus on Perkins and Career and Technical Education CTE at a time when many industries face a shortage of well qualified skilled workers However some of the details in the Blueprint raise serious concerns While we support the themes encompassed in the Perkins Blueprint alignment collaboration accountability and innovation we worry that the details in the Blueprint could have an adverse affect on CTE programs and result in decreased inequitable student access to high quality CTE programs As the reauthorization process moves forward CTE stakeholders across the country are looking forward to providing input to develop a new law that will best meet the needs of CTE students and our nation s economy We believe that a new CTE law should provide sufficient resources to ensure that all students have access to high quality CTE beginning early in a student s education with career awareness and broad knowledge and building pathways to more specific career readiness skills through connections among secondary education postsecondary education and the labor market To achieve this goal we believe it is critical that the new law focus on improving program quality by building the capacity of secondary and postsecondary educational institutions to prepare all students for success in current and emerging in demand career pathways Recent data prove that CTE is making the difference in the lives of students in communities and for businesses all across our nation We are eager to work with the Department of Education the Obama Administration and Congress to develop federal policy and legislation that builds on strengths expands opportunities and access for more students to be successful in college and careers and helps keep our nation s economy strong and prosperous Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Legislation News Public Policy Tags federal legislation future Legislation Perkins Public Policy Secondary Secretary Duncan Friends of CTE Guest Blog Series An Investment Worth Making Wednesday February 15th 2012 Congressman Jim Langevin D RI was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2000 Among other responsibilities Langevin serves as co chair of the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus As I travel around Rhode Island to speak with educators businesses and others in the community about how to strengthen our economy and

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  • NGA « NASDCTEc Blog
    Finance Committee Posts Tagged NGA Governors call on Congress to Act on Perkins ESEA Wednesday January 7th 2015 As the 114 th Congress officially starts this week the nation s governors called on lawmakers to reauthorize long overdue federal education laws including the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Higher Education Act The National Governors Association NGA held its third annual State of the States address on Tuesday in Washington DC NGA Chair and Colorado Gov John Hickenlooper used the speech as a platform elevate important state issues regarding education veterans workforce development and more Forty three states are operating under waivers from No Child Left Behind said Utah Gov Gary Herbert who serves as NGA s vice chair government by waiver is a sign that underlying laws do not work and are in need of reform Education was a focus of remarks from both Herbert and Hickenlooper as they both recognized that the key to a better skilled workforce starts with better education Read the full remarks from both governors here 2015 State Legislative Sessions Get Under Way Just as Congress gets back to work so are many state legislatures across the country By the week s end nearly 20 state legislatures will have reconvened to tackle pressing issues affecting education workforce development and more With much turnover at all levels following the November elections and many states still funding K 12 and higher education below pre recession levels NASDCTEc will be tracking CTE related legislation across the country and keep you informed as it develops Later this month NASDCTEc and the Association for Career and Technical Education will publish our second annual State CTE Policy Review covering major state CTE activity from 2014 Be sure to check out our Feb

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  • Utah « NASDCTEc Blog
    trends and challenges A 50 state policy analysis Blueprint for College Readiness from Education Commission of the States A Florida study of 84 000 public high school seniors to determine outcomes for CTE concentrators and nonconcentrators CNA Corporation and A web based tool from RTI International that pulls community college data from national state and local sources into one place for The Completion Arch Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Public Policy Research Webinars Tags data quality Florida Indiana Maine Maryland North Carolina Utah WDQC workforce data Catching Up With State Legislatures Part 5 Friday July 25th 2014 Editor s Note This is part of a series that will highlight some of this year s major state legislative activity as it relates to Career Technical Education CTE Further explanation of the series can be found here and the previous installments For a comprehensive look back at the 2013 legislative sessions check out the 2013 CTE Year in Review which was published jointly by NASDCTEc and the Association for Career and Technical Education in March Credentials Florida lawmakers added a few more provisions to the state s Career and Professional Education Act CAPE adding to the major changes from last year s session The law now requires school boards to inform parents of the projected return on investment should their child complete an industry recognized certification during high school versus completing one after graduation It also directs the state Department of Education and Workforce Florida Inc to begin collecting return on investment information for industry certified CTE programs and career themed courses as part of its broader collection of student achievement and performance data The law creates two new features as well CAPE Acceleration and CAPE Innovation which will take effect in the 2015 2016 school year and further incentivizes school districts to offer industry recognized credentials for articulated college credit In a separate bill the legislature also permitted computer science courses to count for one high school graduation requirement in math or science if the course is deemed of sufficient rigor and a related industry certification is earned Similarly a computer technology course in 3D rapid prototype printing with a related industry certification may satisfy up to two math requirements In an effort to support and integrate technology in the classroom the same legislation also provided that grades K 12 will give students the opportunity to earn digital tool certificates and grade appropriate technology related industry certifications Military experience for academic credit Washington and Utah joined a growing number of states that will now offer academic credit for veterans military experience as well as in state tuition The Connecticut General Assembly directed the state s licensing authorities to certify waive or award certain licenses examinations or credit to veterans or National Guard members who have military experience similar to the existing requirements In Washington a new law requires the state s higher education institutions to adopt policies that would award academic credit for military training applicable to

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