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  • Excellence in Action Award Deadline Extended « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Report The State of Employer Engagement in CTE CTE Upward Mobility Excellence in Action Award Deadline Extended Good news If you have not submitted your program of study for the Excellence in Action award there s still time We ve extended the deadline to Thursday December 18th As a reminder the Excellence in Action award will recognize and honor superior Career Technical Education CTE programs of study from around the nation Selected programs of study will exemplify excellence in the implementation of the Career Clusters and have a meaningful impact on student achievement and success Why should you apply Receiving the Excellence in Action award means your program of study will be showcased on a national level This includes the opportunity to present at conferences and webinars throughout the year as well as highlighted in a monthly newsletter to members of Congress on our website and in our blog It s a chance to show the rest of the country how your school prepares students for successful and meaningful careers through high quality CTE If you want to see examples of some stellar programs of study take a look at last year s winners and don t forget to apply today Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Tags Awards This entry was posted on Thursday December 4th 2014 at 12 50 pm and is filed under CTE Learning that works for America 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

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  • Awards « 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 Posts Tagged Awards Excellence in Action Award Deadline Extended Thursday December 4th 2014 Good news If you have not submitted your program of study for the Excellence in Action award there s still time We ve extended the deadline to Thursday December 18th As a reminder the Excellence in Action award will recognize and honor superior Career Technical Education CTE programs of study from around the nation Selected programs of study will exemplify excellence in the implementation of the Career Clusters and have a meaningful impact on student achievement and success Why should you apply Receiving the Excellence in Action award means your program of study will be showcased on a national level This includes the opportunity to present at conferences and webinars throughout the year as well as highlighted in a monthly newsletter to members of Congress on our website and in our blog It s a chance to show the rest of the country how your school prepares students for successful and meaningful careers through high quality CTE If you want to see examples of some stellar programs of study take a look at last year s winners and don t forget to apply today Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate By Katie Fitzgerald in CTE Learning that works for America Tags Awards US Innovative Education Forum Accepting Applications Wednesday March 16th 2011 The annual US Innovative Education Forum IEF hosted by Microsoft honors innovative teachers and schools The forum provides teachers and schools the opportunity to showcase how technology furthers education transformation by being appropriately incorporated into curricula pedagogy and classrooms The work of schools and teachers engaged in CTE often is at the vanguard of innovation and are eligible to apply The application process does not limit to a single application per school There are opportunities for different innovative teachers projects or teams Kelly Green Academic Program Manager with US Partners in Learning indicated IEF is a great way to promote the activities the students are engaged in and if selected this is a great way to showcase the school or district More information about the application and process including a video of past winners and is available at http www microsoft com education uspil USIEF default mspx By Dean in News Resources Uncategorized Tags Awards Innovation innovation grants 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 August

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  • CTE: Learning that works for America « NASDCTEc Blog
    agenda and official watch party instructions Evan Williamson Communications Associate Tags career pathways Posted in CTE Learning that works for America Meetings and Events Comments Off American RadioWorks Profiles CTE in Documentary Series September 17th 2014 Evidence is mounting that the public is waking up to CTE s power to engage students and put them on a path to success 87 percent want more CTE in high schools according to Gallup s Poll of the Public s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools Through the years a number of stories have attempted to document the shift in both the practice and perception of CTE but often reveal only a fraction of CTE s long and important story In their one hour documentary Ready to Work American RadioWorks takes a look at the transition from vocational education to CTE the transformative effect modern CTE has had locally in districts like Metro Nashville Public Schools and the power of CTE to engage individual students like those at Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington MA In breadth depth and understanding Ready to Work exceeds most prior treatment of the subject and is a must listen for anyone concerned with the future of public education Get the whole story on American RadioWorks website here Evan Williamson Communications Associate Tags career academies career pathways college and career readiness Posted in CTE Learning that works for America Comments Off Friends of CTE First Book September 8th 2014 Katie Niersbach Operations Manager First Book National Book Bank At First Book we have delivered over 100 million free and low cost books to youth in need Through strategic collaboration with Career Technical Education CTE programs nationwide we have been able to deliver more books than ever before and tied the mission of expanding access to resources for kids in low income communities to CTE students hands on education In the process we receive a firsthand look at the awesome power of CTE not only to teach students but also to serve communities in need The Distribution Challenge Traditionally First Book worked with donated warehouse space Once a book donation became available the National Book Bank team would secure a location warehouse donors would agree to receive and store the product and the Book Bank team would notify our network of over 130 000 programs nationwide about the expected available inventory Once all the books were allocated at the programs request three to five of our staff members would travel to the site and process the 350 000 500 000 books over the course of a week As First Book expanded we continued to look for more efficient ways to provide over eight million books every year to our network and minimize the uncertainties in the availability of warehouse space working with sight unseen inventory and limited access to labor While we still very frequently work in this framework and rely heavily on our warehousing partners a more efficient process would allow us to reach even more kids in need CTE for Growth In 2008 we learned that students in the Transportation Distribution Logistics Career Cluster were focusing on materials handling Many of these programs have distribution centers warehousing equipment and a built in workforce but traditionally work with simulated inventory empty boxes that take up space and student effort First Book saw the chance to improve students educational experience in a new way and access open staffed locations for our real inventory while our CTE partners saw an opportunity to make their classrooms come to life Working together we created a mutually beneficial relationship that enables CTE students to enrich their learning with real life work experience while First Book expands its capacity to serve more children in need First Book currently partners with 15 programs in 10 states providing the physical capacity to hold over 1 8 million books at a time and engaging approximately 630 students When we got that first shipment of books I told my students This is the real world now We re sitting on 200 000 worth of books that have been entrusted to us to maintain warehouse care for protect and ship on behalf of First Book explains instructor Ashley Kieffer of Effingham Career College Academy in Rincon Georgia Programs participate in up to 20 shipments yearly and depending on capacity move anywhere from a few dozen to several thousand boxes They learn how to process orders for a national organization says Vicki Phillips instructor at Lehigh Career Technical Institute in Schnecksville PA It s a win win for both sides Providing student support First Book staff provide live demonstrations of how to manipulate and work with data by engaging with students every step of the way from inventory to processing to shipping After several successful shipments CTEP sites are provided a computer loaded with UPS shipping software and are trained how to process labels schedule freight pickups and export tracking information Programs can also customize their interaction with First Book including processing unboxed and mixed inventory assembling collections or managing shipments year round through summer internships Our partnerships also engage the community Each site can select up to five percent of received inventory off the top to distribute locally to programs that fit First Book s criteria of serving children in need It s very cool explains Luke Usher a student at Effingham Career College Academy We re giving children books that they can love and enjoy because they can t afford them The day First Book discovered CTE our distribution model changed forever said First Book Chief Operating Officer Chandler Arnold Previously First Book had millions of books but desperately needed warehouse and logistics support CTE had amazing warehouse and logistics leadership capacity but needed a real world products Seven million books later I can t think of a more powerful partnership that not only advances First Book s core mission but also introduces amazing young people across the country to our organization giving them a tangible way to make

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  • This Week in CTE « NASDCTEc Blog
    On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee CTE Research Review Leveraging CTE within Competency Based Education Welcome to Oklahoma s new State CTE Director Dr Marcie Mack This Week in CTE TWEET OF THE WEEK A new approach to CollegeAccess gives students jobs to help pay for college by merkolodner http t co DJy3E0eiSO highered CTE The Hechinger Report hechingerreport August 20 2015 ARTICLE OF THE WEEK NJ County Vocational Technical Schools Lead Newsweek s America s Top High Schools List Newsweek s 2015 America s Top High Schools list six of the top ten schools are New Jersey county vocational technical schools one of which is a 2015 Excellence in Action award winner In all 15 New Jersey vocational technical schools are included in the top 150 out of 500 high schools speaking to the high caliber of CTE in the state Read More REPORT OF THE WEEK Despite the increasing demands placed on professionals in the education sectors whether in public education government agencies foundations or nonprofits to manage the K 12 education system professional development opportunities are consistently left on the backburner EdFuel released a report Hidden in Plain Sight Tomorrow Education Leaders Already Work for You diving into the benefits and necessity of training and educating education leaders ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEEK While women represent 50 percent of the labor force only 25 percent of the manufacturing workforce are women To celebrate and promote women in this sector the STEP Ahead Awards program by the Manufacturing Institute launched the Women in Manufacturing award recognizing women at all levels of the industry Nominate someone you know today Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate This entry was posted on Friday August 21st 2015 at 2 50 pm and is filed under News Research Resources

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  • Research « NASDCTEc Blog
    protect the credits students have earned in order to create an efficient seamless process for college attainment Data Data Data The National Center for Education Statistics NCES released a new brief in its Data Point series that looks at the relationship between education and work credentials Analyzing the U S Census Bureau s Survey of Income and Program Participation NCES found that more than one in five adults nearly a quarter have a work credential Of these 71 percent have a license and 29 percent have a certification Also more than half of those holding a work credential have less than a bachelor s degree NCES also released two new data sets of note An update to its High School Longitudinal Study which includes a look at CTE coursetaking Trends in high school dropout and completion rates from 1972 2012 Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate Posted in News Publications Research Resources Uncategorized Comments Off This Week in CTE June 19th 2015 TWEET OF THE WEEK Happening now Hillary s discussing how job training and apprenticeships can help Americans get ahead http t co Tm1GV0A52P Hillary for SC HillaryforSC June 17 2015 ARTICLE OF THE WEEK CTE and STEM Education Two Sides of the Same Vital Coin Career Technical Education is key to improving STEM literacy and interest among students for a variety of reasons This includes providing access to underrepresented students adding relevance to STEM subjects through hand on and work based learning and integrating the business community Read More RESOURCE OF THE WEEK Transforming Career Counseling Bridging School to Career in the Workforce of the Future The Manufacturing Skills Standards Council SME and Bray Strategies released a paper outlining recommendations to improve the career guidance counseling system in middle and high schools Read More WEBINAR OF THE WEEK In partnership with the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center NASDCTEc is conducting a webinar exploring the highly successful Simulated Workplace system in West Virginia Register Today Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate Posted in NASDCTEc Resources News Publications Research Resources Webinars Comments Off CTE Research Review Demystifying Work based Learning June 10th 2015 Jobs for the Future s Pathways to Prosperity Network recently released a toolkit to help demystify work based learning for employers In the report Not as Hard as You Think Engaging High School Students in Work based Learning JFF acknowledges that addressing employers concerns about liability and labor law issues are critical to scaling up work based learning WBL opportunities The brief s primary goal is to alleviate employers concerns about perceived barriers to allowing high school students into the workplace and also offers three case studies of employers in manufacturing and health care that have successfully launched such experiential opportunities First the report offers the greatest benefits of WBL for employers Developing a more robust talent pipeline Gaining access to a diverse and innovative workforce Creating opportunities to increase name recognition and positive press Encouraging economic growth that in turn boosts business prospects To create these opportunities most employers need to make only minimal changes if any to existing workplace policies and procedures in order to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and policies according to the report The greatest restriction for youth under 18 is the 17 hazardous occupations identified by the U S Department of Labor but just one of these occupations operating a forklift is actually in use in most workplaces the report states Within the manufacturing industry most federal restrictions apply only to 14 and 15 year olds Other restrictions regarding work hours minimum wages permits and required rest or meal periods are typically a matter of state law Employers insurance policies are a more likely source of barriers to the workplace than state or federal regulations Yet the report found that liability issues for paid student interns are often covered under existing workers compensation policies Some employers have been able to work with their insurers to clarify and address WBL restrictions and others take additional steps to limit their liability by having students and families sign liability waivers and working with intermediary organizations The report offered three ways to encourage and support employers WBL efforts Incentivize employer engagement through tax credits subsidies etc Embed WBL in curriculum through teacher externships and credit for WBL Support intermediaries that can broker WBL opportunities and be a resource to schools and employers Credentials for All The Southern Regional Education Board s Commission on Career and Technical Education released its final report earlier this month and described the bridge from high school to postsecondary and the workforce as broken and in desperate need of fixing To repair this bridge the Commission offers eight actions that states can take to reach the goal of doubling the number of young people completing some form of a college credential by the age of 25 Be sure to check out the full report for all eight action steps Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate Tags credentials employers Jobs for the Future SREB work based learning Posted in Research Comments Off Research Review Value of Higher Education May 28th 2015 The value of higher education has been a hot topic lately and the following research and reports provide insight into returns on an investment in higher education Career Technical Education and Labor Market Outcomes Evidence from California Community Colleges released by the National Bureau of Economic Research NBER discusses how Career Technical Education CTE impacts students future earnings in California The study of 112 community college campuses with 2 6 million students is critical to helping students decide the worth of attending higher education for their desired career field Health careers were one of the occupations that students found extremely high returns on their college investment A study of employers through the recent CareerBuilder survey found that 65 percent of employers are looking to hire recent college graduates and the most sought after candidates will have skills in IT customer service finance sales and business development The Aspen Institute released From College to Jobs

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  • CTE Research Review: Work Readiness in the U.S. « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 State CTE Policy Update Five States Adopt the Next Generation Science Standards Register Now for Upcoming NASDCTEc Webinar on AP and Career Clusters CTE Research Review Work Readiness in the U S ACT s The Condition of Work Readiness in the United States analyzes results from 4 million WorkKeys examinees to see if individuals with a given level of education have the skills needed for jobs requiring that level of education The report looks at three areas of assessment reading for information applied mathematics and locating information and concluded the following A higher level of education does not always guarantee work readiness There is no significant gap between the skills needed for middle level education jobs and the skills possessed by middle level education examinees Education level is not always aligned with work readiness levels Career Technical Education CTE was among the strategies suggested for encouraging collaboration to develop real world learning experiences that incorporate work readiness standards into educational instruction Recent poll results from Gallup indicate that most Americans identify the percentage of graduates who are able to get a good job after graduating as the most important factor when choosing a college or university to attend The cost of attending the college or university ranked second most important Gallup researchers found that Americans care a lot about whether the graduates of a college end up in good jobs but find it hard to find this type of data If more data were available it could help those currently weighing their options to make a quality choice based on likelihood for a strong return in the future The National Center for Education Statistics released its annual Nation s Report Card which has monitored students academic performance on the National Assessment of Education Progress NAEP since the 1970s Though 9 and 13 year old students scored higher in reading and math in 2012 than students of the same age in the early 1970s the report shows that 17 year old students have not earned higher scores The reasons for the stagnant scores were not explained but while the overall cohort of 17 year olds did not make gains in reading or math 17 year old students at the 10 th 25 th and 50 th percentiles scored higher in 2012 than in 1978 Kara Herbertson Research and Policy Manager Tags accountability college and career readiness This entry was posted on Wednesday July 3rd 2013 at 11 04 am and is filed under News Research You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed Comments are closed Series This Week in CTE Legislative Updates State CTE Policy Updates CTE

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  • global competition « NASDCTEc Blog
    schools career schools and apprenticeship programs This would be a change from the current Post 9 11 GI Bill which does not allow participants to use funds at a non degree granting institution The new eligibility provisions will go into effect on October 1 2011 This is a tremendous victory for CTE and a recognition of the high quality programs that our area CTE centers offer Congress Passes Short Term Continuing Resolution The House on Tuesday passed a continuing resolution CR by a vote of 193 to 165 that would fund the government and all federal programs at FY10 levels through March 4 The Senate approved the bill earlier on Tuesday by a vote of 79 16 With the shift in power in the House and the weakened Democratic hold over the Senate there is sure to be a more partisan fight over spending as expiration of the CR draws near in March Soon to be Speaker of the House John Boehner Ohio has already said that he wants to roll back federal spending to 2008 levels America COMPETES Act Passed by Congress The House this week passed the America COMPETES Act by a vote of 228 to 130 after it was approved by unanimous consent in the Senate last week The bill now heads to President Obama for his signature The goal of the bill is to improve the competitiveness of the United States by investing in innovation through research and development There are a variety of provisions in the bill that will impact STEM education such as the coordination of federal STEM education efforts grants to increase the number of STEM teachers and other improvements in STEM education Because Congress wanted to pass this bill before the current session of Congress ends the House had little choice but to accept the Senate version of the bill which scales back funding from the original House bill and reauthorizes the bill for three years instead of five By Nancy in Legislation Tags appropriations area CTE schools budget Congress federal legislation funding future global competition Job training postsecondary president Secondary STEM veterans Gathering Storm Approaching Category 5 Report Warns Friday October 8th 2010 Despite attempts to improve the United State s position in the global economy the nation has over the last five years worsened its ability to compete for quality jobs Further if the United States does not implement a sustained investment in education and basic research soon the nation will continue on its downward spiral according to a follow up report to highly regarded Rising Above the Gathering Storm Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future The new report Rising Above the Gathering Storm Revisited Rapidly Approaching Category 5 warns that the nation has not improved despite the warnings and recommendations made since the original congressionally commissioned report was released in 2005 The Gathering Storm is looking ominously like a Category 5 according to the report and as the nation has so vividly observed rebuilding from such an event is far more difficult than preparing in advance to withstand it The report does praise Congress for passing the America COMPETES Act and implementing several funding initiatives to support the improvement of K 12 and STEM education but warns that funding for American COMPETES is scheduled to expire in Fiscal Year 2010 and stimulus funding for education is nearly depleted amidst the nation s growing debt The Gathering Storm effort once again finds itself at a tipping point said Norman R Augustine coauthor of a new report and chair of the original Gathering Storm committee Addressing America s competitiveness challenge is an undertaking that will require many years if not decades By Erin in Research Tags global competition Public Policy Research United States Drops in Global Ranking Friday September 24th 2010 The United States fell two spots to fourth position in The Global Competitiveness Report 2010 2011 The shortcoming brings the United States behind Switzerland Sweden and Singapore and places further pressure on the nation to recover from its downward trend While there are a range of components that allow the United States economy to remain extremely productive a number of escalating weaknesses have lowered the U S ranking over the past two years according to the report Growing public debt lack of trust in politicians and diminished corporate ethics were among the weaknesses of the United States Rankings 2010 11 1 Switzerland 2 Sweden 3 Singapore 4 United States 5 Germany 6 Japan 7 Finland 8 Netherlands 9 Denmark 10 Canada The report provides a range of assessments and recommendations including a Global Competitiveness Index that ranks 139 countries on 12 pillars of competitiveness Institutions Infrastructure Macroeconomic Environment Healthy and Primary Education Higher Education and Training Goods Market Efficiency Labor Market Efficiency Financial Market Development Technological Readiness Market Size Business Sophistication Innovation The report did credit U S companies for being highly sophisticated and innovative supported by an excellent university system that collaborates strongly with the business sector in R D The size of the U S domestic economy the largest in the world still allows the nation to remain competitive the report added How the nation will respond to its strengths and leverage its weaknesses will be seen in the future By Erin in News Publications Research Tags global competition Public Policy WSJ Highlights Growing Well Paying Career Paths Friday September 17th 2010 Engineering product management government and health care are among 12 burgeoning well paying career paths of our economy according to The Wall Street Journal The publication highlights the 12 career paths and indicates the personality fit an individual would need to succeed in that career Finance Insurance Goal oriented and ambitious Adapts quickly to strict hierarchy Accounting Analytical thinker Highly organized Government Dedicated to public service Drawn to a highly structured environment Health Care Innovative and persistent risk taker Information Technology Creative with inherent technical flair Marketing Advertising Self starter and curious Nonprofits Empathetic with a desire to help others Public Relations Communications

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  • CTE Month: Tell the Nation that CTE Works « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 NASDCTEc Welcomes Melissa Rekeweg New Indiana State Director CTE Month CTE Success Map Highlights Top Programs CTE Month Tell the Nation that CTE Works Share the CTE Learning that works for America video CTE is working across the nation to enable students of all ages to excel in their schools and colleges and secure high demand jobs NASDCTEc has created a video that represents the rich and diverse brand of CTE It highlights students of a range of talents backgrounds and ages and in a mix of industries in which CTE helps student succeed Let people know that CTE works Share this video with others Post it on your department school college organization or business Web site Use it as an introduction for your presentation Through February NASDCTEc will provide members and CTE advocates with resources and simple ways to recognize CTE Month Take the time to raise awareness and support the entire CTE community Visit www careertech org for free CTE Learning that works for America tools Tags global competition postsecondary Secondary workforce This entry was posted on Tuesday February 7th 2012 at 8 28 am and is filed under CTE Learning that works for America 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

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