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  • The Obama Administration Unveils Youth CareerConnect Grants and a New Apprenticeship Program « NASDCTEc Blog
    Department of Labor DOL and the Department of Education ED seeks to scale up successful collaborative partnership models between school districts postsecondary institutions the workforce investment system and employers Specifically it aims to improve the high school experience by encouraging the integration of classroom and workplace learning experiences in an effort to better equip students with the knowledge skills and industry relevant education needed to get on the pathway to a successful career including post secondary education or registered apprenticeship a White House official said Structured similarly to the Administration s Race to the Top program the YCC grants are comparable to the innovation fund proposed in the President s 2012 Career Technical Education CTE Blueprint The idea behind this competition is how do we start making high school in particular more interesting more exciting more relevant to young people the President said We want to reward the schools that are being most innovative In all the President announced twenty four grants totaling 107 million which derive funding from H1 B visa fees collected by the Department of Labor Bladensburg High School the venue for today s announcement was part of a larger group within Prince George s County which received a 7 million award Their portion of the grant will support the school s efforts to expand its Health and Biosciences Academy which was prominently featured during the announcement As President Obama pointed out these grants support cooler stuff than when I was in high school More information on the YCC grant program can be found here The White House has also released an additional fact sheet on the program which includes a full list of awards Vice President Biden Announces Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium The President s unveiling of these grants also coincided with Vice President Joe Biden s announcement of a new Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium RACC initiative The main objective of this new effort is to ensure students who participate in certain apprenticeships have the opportunity to earn credits that will transfer to a community or technical college of their choice RACC is aiming to make these types of articulation agreements more common throughout the country by creating a national network of postsecondary institutions employers unions and associations which will expedite the process of transferring a student s work experience within a Registered Apprenticeship into credit for a program at a participating institution The RACC is part of the Administration s larger goal of doubling the number of apprenticeships over the next several years and will be jointly administered by the Department of Labor and Education As a result of this exciting new consortium graduates of a Registered Apprenticeship program will not only have better access to jobs that lead to a sustainable career but they ll also have better access to an education all with little or no debt Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said at a separate announcement Consortium participants must be accredited degree granting institutions in order to be eligible At the moment

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  • HEA « NASDCTEc Blog
    a new round of its experimental sites ex sites initiative which aims to test and showcase innovative strategies and approaches to delivering postsecondary education These experimental sites hope to demonstrate that it is possible to transition away from seat time in favor of demonstrated student competency an approached widely known as competency based education Since the early 1990s ED has had the ability to waive certain statutory and regulatory requirements under the Higher Education Act HEA These restrictions determine if postsecondary institutions can receive funds from federal student aid programs authorized under Title IV of HEA Through the ex sites initiative ED will waive certain statutory and regulatory requirements under the Higher Education Act HEA requirements which affect Title IV federal student aid funding to provide institutions greater flexibility when implementing competency based programs Learn more about this announcement from ED here and Department s official notice with detailed application instructions can be found here Activity around competency based programs is also happening in Congress Following a voice vote from the House Education and Workforce Committee H R 3136 also known as the Advancing Competency based Education Demonstration Act went before the full House and passed unanimously This bill is part of the House committee s larger strategy of reauthorizing HEA through a series of smaller bills aimed at renewing the law The legislation has similar objectives to ED s ex sites initiative by allowing up to 20 institutions to offer competency based education programs without meeting existing federal aid requirements under Title IV HEA Eleven amendments were proposed and adopted during the bill s vote Among them was one offered by Representative Jim Langevin D RI encouraging the greater dissemination and collection of enrollment and employment information of students participating in programs supported by the legislation Congressional Appropriations Lose Steam Both the House and the Senate Fiscal Year FY 2015 appropriations processes have stalled after months of negotiations Congress looks set to pass a Continuing Resolution a move that would temporarily extend current FY 2014 funding levels past the October 1 deadline when current federal funding is set to expire Encouragingly the Senate Appropriations Committee released the text of its intended FY 2015 Labor Health Human Services and Education appropriations bill which included a 5 4 million increase for the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act s Perkins basic state grant program Although the appropriations process has since stalled and this funding increase is unlikely to be realized in the upcoming fiscal year the release of the subcommittee s text is an encouraging demonstration of Congress commitment to the Career Technical Education CTE enterprise It is also important to note that Senate appropriators rejected the Obama Administration s proposal for a new competitive CTE innovation fund a sign that Congress largely remains opposed to a shift from the current formula funded structure in the Perkins Act to a competitive model Steve Voytek Government Relations Associate By Steve Voytek in Legislation News Public Policy Tags HEA perkins funding WIA WIOA Legislative Update House Passes WIOA Senators Introduce New Perkins Amendment Friday July 11th 2014 Wednesday evening the House passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act WIOA bipartisan legislation that reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act As we shared previously the Senate approved WIOA by a substantial margin of 95 3 in June which then sent the bill over to the House for further consideration The House followed in much the same way overwhelmingly supporting WIOA s passage by a margin of 415 6 This enormous vote of confidence from both chambers of Congress now sends the legislation to President Obama who is expected to sign the bill into law NASDCTEc s initial overview of the bill can be found here and a joint press release on Wednesday s vote can be found here WIOA s passage this week is the result of more than a decade of work from members of Congress their staff and advocates alike to overhaul and modernize the nation s workforce system The legislation makes many improvements that will help ensure that workers and employers have the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century economy NASDCTEc applauds this historic legislative achievement and looks forward to additional Congressional bipartisanship in the coming weeks and months as Congress continues work on other major pieces of federal education and workforce legislation such as the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Senators Introduce Perkins Legislation Last week Senators Tim Kaine D VA and Rob Portman R OH announced their intention to introduce a new Career Technical Education CTE bill that would make several positive modifications to Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 Perkins Yesterday these Senators officially introduced this legislation and took to the Senate floor to voice their continued support and commitment to the CTE enterprise An overview and press release on the Educating Tomorrow s Workforce Act of 2014 ETWA from both Senator Kaine and Portman s offices can be found here and here ETWA would introduce a more rigorous definition for CTE programs of study POS a framework for delivering high quality CTE first introduced in the 2006 reauthorization of the Perkins Act The newly proposed definition would require alignment to state identified college and career ready standards support the attainment of employability and technical skills allow for multiple entry and exit points throughout a program s secondary and postsecondary components and ultimately result in a recognized postsecondary credential or placement in an apprenticeship The legislation would also create an annual needs assessment for local Perkins recipients to better enable them to identify and meet the shifting needs of local CTE students and empower programs to more effectively respond to the evolving needs of the local regional and state labor market ETWA would also encourage the wider adoption of career academies among programs receiving Perkins funding NASDCTEc supports this legislation and looks forward to a comprehensive reauthorization of the Perkins Act where elements of this bill can be incorporated

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  • Spring Meeting Recap: HEA and Other Postsecondary CTE Initiatives « NASDCTEc Blog
    Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee This Week in CTE Spring Meeting Recap WIOA Implementation Spring Meeting Recap HEA and Other Postsecondary CTE Initiatives While a long needed update to the federal law governing U S elementary and secondary education winds its way through Congress advocates are hoping the next critical reauthorization on lawmakers agendas will be the Higher Education Act HEA Or perhaps it should be said advocates are hopeful but not optimistic about HEA s chances of reauthorization during the 114 th Congress Advocates and an Obama Administration official shared their perspectives about postsecondary education with NASDCTEc members during the 2015 Spring Meeting David Baime senior vice president for government relations and research at the American Association of Community Colleges called the reauthorization of HEA of critical importance to vocational and training programs Baime said the law primarily focuses on student financial assistance which includes the ever important Pell grants Baime said 20 percent of revenues for community colleges roughly 11 billion a year are tied to students who receive money through Pell grants AACC s HEA policy recommendations include a call to expand the list of institutions eligible to receive Pell funds including some short term postsecondary CTE programs In fact HEA a 130 billion program is really more of a job training bill rather than a higher education law as it has historically been considered said Mary Alice McCarthy senior policy analyst from the New America Foundation In a 2014 policy brief Beyond the Skills Gap McCarthy argues that five policy gaps within HEA make it too easy for institutions to provide high cost low quality CTE programs while also making it too difficult for institutions to build the partnerships and programs that will facilitate student transitions to jobs and careers Of the five gaps three are related to how institutions are accredited an important marker for being eligible to receive Pell funds Other gaps include a focus on enrollment rather than outcomes and paying for time rather than learning McCarthy argued that Congress can fix these issues five ways Ensure policies support students going to school for careers Make accreditation reviews transparent Demand quality assurance for credentials and right now there is too little Encourage innovation and experimentation in postsecondary education and Align HEA to other bills with overlapping missions such as the Perkins Act and the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act However Congress minimal activity around HEA isn t stopping the Obama Administration from putting forth bold proposals for postsecondary education Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges Mark Mitsui laid out the Administration s proposals from the 2016 budget which included The American Technical Training Fund America s College Promise Be sure to check out NASDCTEc s previous coverage of these proposals to learn more Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate Tags community college HEA OCTAE postsecondary This entry was posted on Monday April 20th 2015 at 2 11 pm and is filed under NASDCTEc Spring Meeting

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=11515 (2016-01-08)
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  • community college « NASDCTEc Blog
    to receive Pell funds including some short term postsecondary CTE programs In fact HEA a 130 billion program is really more of a job training bill rather than a higher education law as it has historically been considered said Mary Alice McCarthy senior policy analyst from the New America Foundation In a 2014 policy brief Beyond the Skills Gap McCarthy argues that five policy gaps within HEA make it too easy for institutions to provide high cost low quality CTE programs while also making it too difficult for institutions to build the partnerships and programs that will facilitate student transitions to jobs and careers Of the five gaps three are related to how institutions are accredited an important marker for being eligible to receive Pell funds Other gaps include a focus on enrollment rather than outcomes and paying for time rather than learning McCarthy argued that Congress can fix these issues five ways Ensure policies support students going to school for careers Make accreditation reviews transparent Demand quality assurance for credentials and right now there is too little Encourage innovation and experimentation in postsecondary education and Align HEA to other bills with overlapping missions such as the Perkins Act and the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act However Congress minimal activity around HEA isn t stopping the Obama Administration from putting forth bold proposals for postsecondary education Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges Mark Mitsui laid out the Administration s proposals from the 2016 budget which included The American Technical Training Fund America s College Promise Be sure to check out NASDCTEc s previous coverage of these proposals to learn more Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Tags community college HEA OCTAE postsecondary CTE Research Review Wednesday June 25th 2014 In this week s Research Review we dive into unemployment rates for community college graduates and a new report on the manufacturing sector from the Milstein Center Community college graduates vs unemployment rates The New York Times has tapped into data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics linking unemployment rates to educational attainment Most strikingly among community college graduates those who finished with an occupational degree had a substantially lower unemployment rate than their academic degree counterparts at 4 0 and 4 8 percent respectively The data also suggest that occupationally focused associate s degrees which encompass most CTE fields of study are healthy and growing according to additional analysis from the Economic Modeling Specialists International Six proposals to expand manufacturing s innovative capacity The recently released inaugural report from The Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing which is part of the University of Virginia s Miller Center explores challenges facing the future of small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises and their ability to innovate as technologies advance and global demand shifts over the next decade Among the six ideas proposed the commission advocates for upside down degrees to encourage alignment between work experience and college education a skills census to better understand the skills gap

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  • Congress Considers a Cromnibus, ED Announces Start of P3 Initiative « NASDCTEc Blog
    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

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=11148 (2016-01-08)
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  • Congress Continues to Struggle on Appropriations Ahead of Presidential Announcement, VP Biden Talks CTE « NASDCTEc Blog
    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

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=11111 (2016-01-08)
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  • Federal Agencies Launch Program to Reach Disconnected Youth « NASDCTEc Blog
    Final Round of TAACCCT Grants and an Apprenticeship Program DOL Unveils WIA Incentive Grant Awards Achieving Excellence Institute pre sessions announced Federal Agencies Launch Program to Reach Disconnected Youth Today the federal government announced a new pilot program to enable communities states and tribal governments to better address the needs of their disconnected youth The Performance Partnership Pilots also known as P3 are designed to grant communities more flexibility in using discretionary funding across federal programs to improve the education employment health and well being for more than 5 million disconnected youth across the country by leveraging existing partnerships and supporting promising local strategies The federal government defines disconnected youth as being between the ages of 14 24 are low income and either homeless in foster care involved in the juvenile justice system unemployed or not enrolled in or at risk of dropping out of an educational institution Depending on a person s circumstances he or she may have as many as four case managers in order to access the full range of services needed This means duplicative paperwork for the youth as well as the social worker and a multitude of other barriers to service Through P3 the Obama Administration is hoping to identify and scale up innovative community solutions that address the challenges of reaching disconnected youth Local state and tribal agencies are encouraged to re imagine its current funding streams and services to breakdown program silos for a more coordinated approach This could include blending competitive and formula grants or obtaining waivers for nonessential program requirements in order to create more opportunities for communities and states to design approaches that best meet their needs and build on their strengths To apply send a letter of interest to Disconnectedyouth omb eop gov Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate This

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=10371 (2016-01-08)
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  • P3 « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 By Steve Voytek in Legislation News Public Policy Tags HEA P3 perkins funding Legislative Update Secretary Duncan Defends Administration s FY 15 Budget Priorities before Congress STEM Equity Bill Introduced in the House Friday May 2nd 2014 On Tuesday Secretary of Education Arne Duncan testified before the full House Education and the Workforce Committee HEW to discuss the Obama Administration s Fiscal Year FY 2015 budget request for the Department of Education ED As we have previously shared the President s budget request calls for 1 117 billion for the Carl D Perkins Perkins basic state grant program the same amount the program is set to receive for FY 2014 It also reiterates the Administration s request for a 100 million competitive Career Technical Education CTE innovation fund to be paid for out of funds already designated for this purpose House appropriators on the Labor Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee voiced strong concerns about these proposals several weeks ago and the HEW Committee reinforced many of those concerns this past Tuesday Rep Glenn GT Thompson R PA who was recently honored with NASDCTEc s Star of Education Award echoed these sentiments ED does not propose any additional funding for the Perkins Act he said The solutions to address the needs of the economy are in CTE programs throughout the country funded through the Perkins Act Rep Thompson also pressed Secretary Duncan on the Administration s proposal to fund untested and often duplicative education initiatives when we have a tried and true solution in Perkins Secretary Duncan argued that the Department s competitive funding proposals were aimed to more effectively use limited resources and to scale up successful CTE models Rep Brett Guthrie R KY echoed many of Rep Thompson s concerns and also questioned aspects of ED s 2012 CTE

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