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  • Your experiences with career academies | NRCCTE
    Nebraska s Educational Service Unit 4 a career academy with programs in education health sciences and energy checked in to share both a 2012 report on Nebraska s career academies and her own perspective on how they connect schools districts business and postsecondary ESU 4 Career Academies were developed from surveying students to see what areas were of interest as well as looking at community data and available job resources This is the first time I have been in a situation in which students had a real voice in their educational options Our ESU 4 Career Academy Advisory group comprised of education business parents and community development personnel is instrumental in the on going implementation of the program Community and outside individuals truly have input into the curriculum and classroom activities Bo Boykin director of the Madison County Georgia high school career technical and agriculture education program let us know that the school system recently won a state grant Note from Jim You can read about their efforts to secure it here in this Athens Banner Herald article to start a regional agriculture themed college and career academy on a local high school campus This will be a joint venture with two adjacent school systems While the project is just beginning to get off the ground it has already made a difference in our community This agriculturally themed college and career academy has already brought together many stakeholders and generated a great deal of excitement about what we have in store Its key feature will be school based and community based support that will help students make the transition from secondary to postsecondary and into rewarding careers We re excited about the partnerships that we ve already formed with regional employers and our local technical college Athens Tech and about the many ways in which the academy s offerings will impact student outcomes Finally Pamela Howze Training Manager for Siemens Energy Inc in Charlotte NC offered the perspective of business and industry on the value of career academies and work based learning I ve discussed Siemens education training and workforce development efforts before in my newsletters you might remember this terrific NPR story about Siemens partnership with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools CMS and Central Piedmont Community College CPCC Pam wrote to update us on the status of Siemens investment in developing an energy focused career academy in CMS Siemens has worked with the Olympic Community of Schools to create the NAF National Academy Foundation Energy Academy of Engineering to give students exposure to the Energy Sector and related jobs Energy companies serve as advisory board members and have all committed to give every student in the academy a work based learning opportunity during high school We are also working to create community college certificates in their junior and senior years so students can graduate with a credential in the Energy sector and be career ready upon graduation if they want to immediately go to work We are also doing some teacher

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  • CTE (or VET) News from Across the Pond | NRCCTE
    study compared with an average of 50 for the rest of the European Union The figure was as high as 80 in Liechtenstein and more than 70 in Belgium the Czech Republic Croatia and Austria The findings based on a survey of more than 250 senior teachers in England suggested a link between high levels of youth unemployment and low take up of vocational courses said the report As you peruse the article from the Express and Star excerpted above please take note of the emphasis on entrepreneurship Many of the problems being identified in the United Kingdom are similar to issues we face here in the United States This article written by Emma Watson director of CBI Wales the Confederation of British Industry describes how business and education are inextricably linked Here are a few choice excerpts from this thoughtful article In last year s CBI s education and skills survey 40 of firms said they were struggling already to find staff with the requisite skills On current predictions the supply of skills will not meet the demand So how do we address this challenge Well we have to break down the impression that following a vocational education is for kids who are not bright enough to go to university Young people learn in different ways and have different interests All aspects of our educational offering have to be high quality and young people parents and businesses know when it s not Vocational is not the runner up prize The Centre for Economics and Business Research forecasts that over the next decade apprenticeship completions could add up to 3 4bn a year to the economy through productivity gains I encourage you to read the full piece here at Wales Online Clearly our cousins across the pond value what robust

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  • Career Academies: Growing in Popularity | NRCCTE
    Corner Career Academies Growing in Popularity You are here Home About the NRCCTE at SREB Jim s Corner Career Academies Growing Career Academies Growing in Popularity May 29th 2013 Dear colleagues Career Academies are growing in popularity as a strategy to enhance student engagement Many states like Florida require career academies if done well they can materially affect student academic outcomes as well as influence students career development While evidence of the programs success in pointing students on a long term career path is limited for reference see our Idea Center publication on career academies and our study of career focused comprehensive school reform state departments of education may track students that move on to public schools but not private career academy advocates say The Obama administration has been sufficiently persuaded of their worth to invest 1 billion in expanding the number of career academies Read more at USAToday Best regards About SREB About James R Stone III NRCCTE Staff Contact Us Jim s Corner Core Issues View All Career Pathways Programs of Study Curriculum Integration Retention Completion Accountability Assessment Newsletter Signup Get the latest NRCCTE updates by signing up for our newsletter E MAIL By submitting this form you

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  • Jim's Corner | NRCCTE
    issues have addressed such topics as national and international CTE practices workforce development the labor market and changing global economy the role and impact of technology and the perils and pitfalls of the college for all approach to education Want to receive updates on his latest entries Join our mailing list through the link on the right hand side of this page Stackable credentials A framework for career pathways As many of you know the transition from high school to and through postsecondary education is anything but smooth for a majority of our young people Read more How much math do students really need Industry weighs in We continue to be enamored of the idea that all students should take three or four years of math in high school to be college and career ready Read more Home health aides The fastest growing job pays poorly I m sure we ve all heard the phrase high skill high wage high demand in the context of thinking about where we should focus CTE resources One of the clear challenges in this thinking is reality something many of us prefer to avoid sometimes Read more CTE Month CTSO stories from FCCLA FFA and others At the NRCCTE every month is CTE month but this one has been truly special Thank you to all of you and there were many many of you who reached out to share stories about the ways in which your CTSOs have changed lives and communities for the better Read more More CTSO stories from FFA DECA and FEA My inbox is bursting with your stories about the incredibly inspiring young people advisors teachers and business partners participating in your CTSOs and the innovative projects and partnerships they re helping to advance in your communities Read more Previous

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  • Pradeep Kotamraju Receives NACTEI's J. D. Lee Award for Outstanding Service | NRCCTE
    Lee Award for Outstanding Service You are here Home Pradeep Kotamraju Receives Pradeep Kotamraju Receives NACTEI s J D Lee Award for Outstanding Service 6 13 2013 Pradeep Kotamraju the NRCCTE s Deputy Director received the J D Lee Award for Outstanding Service from the National Association for Career Technical Education Information NACTEI at this year s conference The award is given for to individuals for distinguished service and professional contributions to NACTEI Dr Kotamraju leads the NRCCTE team that is conducting research on a variety of CTE related issues using NCES restricted use datasets He has extensive experience at the postsecondary level having served as System Director for Perkins Federal Grants for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System With Bruce Steuernagel Consultant to the NASDCTEc he directed the Center s Perkins Crosswalk Validation Project a multi state multi institutional collaborative effort that sought to create 1 greater consistency and clarity in Perkins secondary and postsecondary data collection and reporting 2 a common data crosswalk that links occupations to educational programs career clusters and career pathways and 3 a foundation for more standardized accountability requirements in later iterations of the Perkins legislation Calendar of Events Press Releases Core Issues

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  • Research on Developmental English and Math in Community College Review | NRCCTE
    programs are featured in the current issue of the Community College Review Outcome Trajectories of Developmental Students in Community Colleges explores student outcomes related to taking developmental English i e reading and or writing and math classes in three community colleges in three different states using institutional data from 7 898 students who began college in the fall of 2009 Cohort 1 or fall 2010 Cohort 2 Christine D Bremer Bruce A Center Christen L Opsal Amanuel Medhanie Yoo Jeong Jang and Aaron C Geise examined the outcome trajectories of students at each college considering their enrollment in developmental courses in their first term at college as well as other variables Several factors helped students persist into the second term of college and a subset of these was also significantly related to continued persistence graduation and higher overall grade point average GPA Older students White non Hispanic students and occupational students were more likely to graduate These groups and women also had higher cumulative GPAs Math ability at the time of college entrance was a powerful predictor of student success The utility of reading placement as a predictor and the utility of developmental English reading and writing DERW classes as

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  • The NRCCTE at AERA 2013: Presentations Now Available | NRCCTE
    applied to be in them but were not selected by the district lottery The paper describes the study outcomes which differ from the results of a new school rating system which will be described by the district s CTE director Both presenters will discuss the implications for researchers studying large urban districts and for district personnel considering participating in research studies Programs of Study College and Career Readiness CTE and Making High School Matter Date Sunday April 28 2013 Time 12 25 1 55 PM Location Sir Francis Drake Second Level Empire Presenter James R Stone III NRCCTE Abstract High schools have become increasingly narrow in focus a new middle school useful only to prepare youth for the next level of education college The net result is a system that ill serves the 60 of students who start ninth grade and who will never complete a college degree This argues for structuring opportunities to provide all young people multiple pathways to a productive adulthood by addressing the three domains of knowledge skill required for success occupational expression of academics generalizable workplace skills and specific technical skills One policy approach to addressing this challenge has been programs of study and more recently college and career readiness This paper will address the current research and future possibilities of these policy initiatives The Effect of Federal Financial Aid on the Retention of Occupational and Nonoccupational Students at Three Community Colleges Date Wednesday May 1 2013 Time 10 35 AM 12 05 PM Location Grand Hyatt Ballroom Level Redwood Presenters Christen Opsal Bruce Center and Christine D Bremer University of Minnesota Abstract The proposed paper explores the role of financial aid overall as well as Pell grants Stafford subsidized loans Stafford unsubsidized loans and Other sources of financial aid a category encompassing state local

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  • Jim Stone Featured in Career Cruising Blog | NRCCTE
    NRCCTE Staff Contact Us Jim s Corner Jim Stone Featured in Career Cruising Blog You are here Home Jim Stone Featured Jim Stone Featured in Career Cruising Blog 3 26 2013 In Three Ways to Make High School Matter Jim Stone discusses ways to change and improve the high school experience to better engage and prepare young people for an uncertain job market Here s an excerpt In 1983 the publication of A Nation at Risk inaugurated a 30 year wave of reform in the United States that has led to a system of education that is increasingly narrow in focus and has reduced high school to a mere stopping point on the way to the next level of education college In response to the popular perception that the United States is losing out to other nations whose children score better on academic tests we have convinced ourselves that good jobs require a college degree In the college for all movement high school has become the new middle school Read the full blog at Career Cruising s website Calendar of Events Press Releases Core Issues View All Career Pathways Programs of Study Curriculum Integration Retention Completion Accountability Assessment Core Issues

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