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Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, recently visited the Bay Link Manufacturing program at Green Bay West High School, which provides students with hands-on learning opportunities in advanced manufacturing. The program is a collaborative effort among the Green Bay School District, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the NEW Manufacturing Alliance, and provides critical technical and employability skills to students in an engaging and fun environment.
Baldwin recounted her experience in a recent op-ed article, in which she described the way that her visit further cemented her support for CTE programs in the Senate. She stated that:
“I couldn't be more proud of the work programs like these are doing to help move our Made in Wisconsin economy forward and it reaffirmed my commitment to continue fighting for investments in education and workforce readiness programs.”
Baldwin also used the article as an opportunity to reiterate the broad skill sets that students gain by participating in CTE programs. Bay Link Manufacturing teaches the competencies that are needed in skilled trades, including industrial welding and machine fabrication, but also includes work on accounting, marketing and production planning.
Senator Baldwin has been an invaluable and consistent partner to the CTE community in her work, and articles like hers are fantastic opportunities to raise public awareness of what today’s CTE classroom looks like. To learn more about placing your own op-eds and other ways to get involved, visit the ACTE Advocacy Toolkit here.
Posted by Sean Lynch on 04/30/2015 at 11:00 AM in CTE Caucus, In the News | Permalink
Career academy attendance has produced, on average, an 11 percent increase per year in sustained earnings for academy graduates, in comparison to students who applied but were not chosen by lottery to attend a career academy.
Participation in CTE pathway programs such as career academies impacts students’ subsequent earnings.
Today’s featured data point is from research demonstrating the benefit of career academy attendance and completion: Students who graduated from a career academy earned about 11 percent more per year, on average, than other students who were equally motivated and interested in the academy’s career theme, but were not chosen by lottery to enroll. In addition, the researchers found that earnings benefits extend beyond the first year of employment, illustrating the longer-term effects of career academy completion.
When sharing this statistic with policymakers, media or parents, explain what a career academy is and follow up this data with stories of career academy students and their postsecondary and career successes. If you’re not teaching at a career academy, point out the ways in which your CTE programs are similarly structured and deliver similar benefits.
Remember, you don’t have to wait for a new entry in our Data Driven blog series to access CTE data and research. The information you need is available at any time with ACTE Fact Sheets.
 Kemple, Career Academies: Long-term Impacts on Labor Market Outcomes, Educational Attainment and Transitions to Adulthood, MDRC, 2008.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 04/30/2015 at 10:47 AM in Data and Research | Permalink
On April 28, the U.S. Department of Education distributed new non-regulatory guidance related to the implementation of Perkins, including a number of fiscal issues. "Questions and Answers Regarding the Implementation of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 - Version 4.0," compiles responses to questions that the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education has received since the third round of questions and answers was published in May 2009.
This set of questions covers a wide range of topics, including:
All of the Department’s non-regulatory guidance related to Perkins implementation can be found at http://cte.ed.gov/perkins/policy-guidance.
Posted by Alisha Hyslop on 04/28/2015 at 08:40 PM in Executive Branch, Perkins | Permalink
States are connecting data across K-12, postsecondary education and the workforce to help students achieve success, according to a new infographic from the Data Quality Campaign. The short document synthesizes state progress on cross-agency data governance councils, secure data linkages and the use of data to monitor program participation, demonstrating much progress but also room for improvement.
The document shows that 43 states have cross-agency data governance councils (a few states declined to participate in the survey on which this infographic in based). However, CTE, adult education and business are under-represented on these councils, with only 12 states including CTE representatives on councils, 10 states including adult education leaders and 9 states incorporating business representatives.
Additionally, the infographic reports that 43 states have secure connections between K–12 data systems and postsecondary data systems, while 19 states have secure connections between K–12 and workforce data systems and 27 states have securely linked postsecondary and workforce data systems.
Finally, the infographic shows the number of states who are tracking participation by program type. CTE participation is commonly tracked (39 states), but work-based learning is less often monitored on the state level (20). In addition, 35 states track STEM participation and 24 states monitor participation in college and career readiness and exploration programs.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 04/28/2015 at 04:22 PM in Data and Research, State and Local Issues | Permalink
MDRC has undertaken a much-needed scan of career pathway models across the nation, describing key components of pathways programs and highlighting research on student outcomes. The authors suggest that pathway programs are promising and that more needs to be done to grow and scale these programs.
Researchers Mary Visher and David Stern examined 12 types of pathway programs or approaches, including Linked Learning, career academies and early college high schools with a CTE focus. They identify key elements of pathways approaches, such as preparation for college and career, student supports and cohort scheduling, integrated curriculum, business partnerships and work-based learning, and high school to postsecondary connections. Visher and Stern also highlight major research on career pathways approaches, while drawing attention to the need for further rigorous studies of these programs.
The publication closes with recommendations on how to grow pathways programs, including:
For another take on this report, check out Caralee Adams’ blog post on Education Week.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 04/27/2015 at 03:39 PM in Data and Research | Permalink
On Friday, April 24, the first ever White House Summit on Upskilling was held to bring together employers, education professionals and policymakers around the common goal of training America’s workers for the careers of tomorrow. The event marked the release of White House’s report on the Upskilling Initiative, which includes information about opportunities for training low-wage workers with the skills they need to access high-growth careers that will strengthen the economy.
Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the event, reiterating his support for job training programs as an imperative both for policymakers and business leaders to maintain America’s economic competitiveness. Biden stated to business leaders and CTE professionals in attendance that:
“Nothing breeds success like success, and you are succeeding, and you’re demonstrating that this [skills training] makes sense. I know it sounds like hyperbole, but this is in the overwhelming naked interest of the United States of America. If we continue to build on and take advantage of having the best trained workforce in the world... we will own the 21st century.”
The event also emphasized the crucial role that educators will play in training the next generation of workers. Former ACTE Board member John Gaal attended the event as an ApprenticeshipUSA LEADER, which designates him as a part of the White House’s efforts to expand promising apprenticeship models nationwide.
To watch the archived video of Vice President Biden’s remarks, click here. ACTE will continue to partner with leaders in Congress and the Administration to ensure that every student has access to high quality CTE programs.
Posted by Sean Lynch on 04/24/2015 at 04:57 PM in Career Readiness, In the News | Permalink
The ACTE Sector Sheet series is growing, with four new publications coming out this early spring on CTE’s role in developing the qualified workforce in four vital sectors: financial services; hospitality and tourism; aerospace and defense; and transportation, distribution and logistics.
Each Sector Sheet explores projections for the workforce in that industry sector and describes how CTE prepares high school, postsecondary and adult students for careers in that sector through CTE courses, career and technical student organizations, work-based learning and more. Each one-pager also includes profiles of exemplary or emerging programs that are leading to student success.
With these new publications, our Sector Sheet series has grown to include 10 publications on CTE and its role in developing various industry sectors. We encourage you to share these advocacy tools with business, policymakers, education leaders and the public to illustrate how CTE supports specific industries and prepares students for in-demand careers.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 04/24/2015 at 11:18 AM in Data and Research | Permalink
Community college leaders are making their opinions known through Inside Higher Ed's first Survey of Community College Presidents.
Highlighted findings include:
In addition to asking about programmatic elements, the survey also asked about community college presidents’ opinions on how governmental policy is impacting two-year colleges. Community college leaders indicate concerns about state and local funding barriers to carrying out the recent America’s College Promise Initiative. They are also divided on the impact of the completion agenda on student completion rates, and more than half do not think state and local governments are providing the funding necessary to close the skills gap.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 04/23/2015 at 11:24 AM in Data and Research, Postsecondary Issues | Permalink
Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee approved a measure to set the funding caps for the 12 appropriations bills in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The combined discretionary funding total for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education, known as a 302(b) allocation, is $153.05 billion—approximately $3.7 billion below the current level. From this amount, House appropriators will divide up funding for individual programs like Perkins.
The cut to the Labor-HHS-Education allocation will be used to offset targeted increases to other areas of the budget, including veterans’ programs, energy and transportation. However, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), the ranking Democrat on the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, railed against the reduction in funding for programs under her subcommittee’s jurisdiction. "We have to stop mortgaging our future. Labor-HHS-Education funding has already been cut $19.4 billion below the 2010 level, when adjusted for inflation," said DeLauro. "After five years of deep cuts, with so many programs being forced to do less with less, this allocation will mean less money for education, scientific research, public health and job training.” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) acknowledged these concerns, but argued that sequester-level discretionary spending caps, passed by Congress in 2011, have created budgetary constraints for the committee. “The topline caps are the law of the land,” said Rogers. He added, “With these numbers, we are making the best of a tough situation.” The White House has already weighed in on the debate, indicating that President Obama will not sign any spending bill that adheres to the sequester caps.
There is continued optimism that the House and Senate will reach an agreement to provide sequester relief in FY 2016, similar to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that was negotiated by former Budget Committee Chairs Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), but such an agreement has yet to materialize. ACTE, along with a coalition of 670 national, state and local organizations, has called for Congress to an increase the Labor-HHS-Education 302(b) allocation for FY 2016. This increase would provide more opportunities to build our investment in CTE!
Posted by Mitch Coppes on 04/23/2015 at 11:01 AM in Federal Funding | Permalink
Recently, the Office of Family Assistance at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families announced that it will begin accepting applications for the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program. This funding opportunity will support education and training programs in the healthcare field, specifically in occupations that are high demand or experiencing workforce shortages, for low-income individuals and those receiving assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Eligible entities may include states, public and private postsecondary institutions and nonprofit organizations. Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate strong partnerships with health care employers, and a strong labor market demand for the occupations for which they are providing education and training. Additionally, applicants must develop their proposed HPOG project in coordination with the agencies responsible for administering their states’ TANF programs, state and local Workforce Investment Boards, and state apprenticeship agencies. Applications are due by May 29, 2015, and the full application packet is available online at grants.gov.
Posted by Mitch Coppes on 04/22/2015 at 02:38 PM in Federal Funding | Permalink
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