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This week, Acting Secretary of Education John King appeared in multiple congressional hearings to discuss the Administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget request, implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and his own formal confirmation to the top job at the U.S. Department of Education—a position he has filled on a temporary basis since December.
He began with an appearance before the House Education and the Workforce Committee to outline the department’s education priorities in the President Obama’s final budget request to Congress. As we previously reported, the budget proposes to level fund the Perkins Basic State Grant program at $1.118 billion. The Administration has requested an additional $75 million for Perkins; however, the additional funds would support the proposed American Technical Training Fund (ATTF) that would provide competitive grants to support short-term or accelerated job training programs in high-demand fields. However, Chairman John Kline (R-MN) questioned the Administration’s decision to include so many new grant programs in the budget request while continuing to underfund existing programs. Kline argued that such programs are “untested” and would contribute to “chronic underfunding” across education, citing proposed funding for a number of new efforts, including the America’s College Promise initiative that would provide two years of free community college.
Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA), co-chair of the House CTE Caucus, echoed the chairman’s concerns, but specifically questioned the wisdom of the funding ATTF without an increase in the Perkins Basic State Grant. He noted the department’s estimate that the ATTF would provide for only 5-25 new grant awards as proposed for FY 2017, despite the growing need to expand access to CTE across the country. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) also expressed concerns about funding for ATTF, particularly the challenges faced by low-income communities in pursuing competitive grants.
On Thursday, King started the day back at the Education and the Workforce Committee, this time for a hearing on ESSA implementation. As we have reported, ESSA includes some key CTE provisions to promote activities that integrate academic and CTE content in the classroom—including specialized professional development opportunities, expanded college and career guidance programs, improved availability of CTE student performance information, and recognition of CTE as a core component of a well-rounded education. He broadly discussed the department’s efforts to roll out the new law and resources for states and school districts in the coming months and years—including a new FAQ document was published on ESSA transition on Friday.
Later that day, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee considered King’s nomination to serve as secretary of education for the final year of the Obama Administration. King highlighted his experience as New York commissioner of education in expanding CTE for his state. He also urged reauthorization of the Perkins Act this year. “Just as No Child Left Behind was overdue for a rewrite, so too is the Perkins Act,” said King. “Let’s make 2016 the year we transform career and technical education for the 21st century by driving innovation and quality.” The committee will vote on the nomination later this month before it is taken up by the full Senate.
Posted by Mitch Coppes on 02/29/2016 at 01:49 PM in ESEA, Executive Branch, Federal Funding | Permalink
As the economy slowly rebounds, talent shortages have bloomed. This is particularly the case in certain geographic locations and industries, such as manufacturing. Manufacturing is projected to continue to be the largest industry in the United States through 2020, but as the manufacturing workforce retires, analysts predict there will not be enough new employees to keep up with output. The above data point is one of many that illustrates the needs of the manufacturing workforce.
When providing this statistic to business leaders, policymakers and the media, provide more specific information about your state or region’s manufacturing workforce and how CTE programs are helping students discover and receive training in manufacturing.
Remember, you can access CTE data and research any day with ACTE Fact Sheets.
[i] Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, The Skills Gap in US Manufacturing: 2015-2025 Outlook, 2015.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 02/29/2016 at 11:00 AM in Data and Research | Permalink
A new resource developed by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will assist states in designing and implementing career pathways systems. The tool, titled “Designing a Career Pathways System: A Framework for State Education Agencies,” can be accessed on AIR’s College and Career Readiness and Success Center website. It features four modules, including:
Each section includes presentation materials and activities that will assist education agencies at the state level in implementing career pathways. Career pathways have been a major topic of discussion at the federal level as greater emphasis has been placed on holistically approaching student preparation for college- and career-readiness. Such emphasis has grown since the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which formally defined career pathways and looked to local workforce institutions to create these opportunities in their communities while using labor market information to guide their decision-making.
Because of this emphasis on career pathways in federal policy, ACTE’s National Policy Seminar will include a comprehensive forum to examine CTE’s role in their expansion. There’s still time to register for the forum, which will be held on Wednesday, March 2, as well as for the full National Policy Seminar! Visit the ACTE website to learn more.
Posted by Sean Lynch on 02/23/2016 at 10:49 AM in Career Readiness, NPS, WIOA | Permalink
On Wednesday, February 10, nearly 150 CTE advocates joined the Senate CTE Caucus in-person or via webcast for a congressional briefing on employer engagement in CTE programs. The briefing, co-hosted by ACTE, the Industry Workforce Needs Coalition and Opportunity America, provided a chance for employers to share their firsthand experiences in working with CTE programs and outline opportunities for federal policy to support their efforts.
In addition to expert voices from business and industry, the event featured remarks from Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), three of the co-chairs of the bipartisan Senate CTE Caucus. Each of them emphasized the critical importance of CTE in filling the skills gap that undermines economic growth and productivity, and pointed to the need for stronger business engagement to help students gain the skills they need for college- and career-success.
Each of the panelists emphasized the priority they place on being involved with CTE programs; both as a means to support their community and to ensure their businesses have access to a strong talent pipeline. Though the strategies their businesses employ varied from equipment donations to apprenticeships, the common thread emerged that employers want to engage with CTE professionals and students to contribute to their success, and look to the federal government to support their efforts through policies including the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
To view the full video recording of the event, click here or use the iplayer embedded below.
Posted by Sean Lynch on 02/12/2016 at 02:19 PM in CTE Caucus, In the News, Perkins | Permalink
The perspectives of students in competency-based education (CBE) is the topic of a recent Young Invincibles report. Through a series of focus groups, interviews and a survey, Young Invincibles found that:
The report also provides policy recommendations, including:
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 02/10/2016 at 03:23 PM | Permalink
Late Tuesday, February 9, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to pass a bipartisan resolution recognizing CTE Month® and the Senate’s support for its goals! The resolution, which was drafted and circulated by Senate CTE Caucus co-chairs Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), was introduced with 17 co-sponsors from both sides of the political aisle.
ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson expressed our support for the resolution in a published statement:
"CTE Month is an opportunity for millions of students and education professionals to share the accomplishments and importance of CTE nationwide, and we are thrilled to celebrate with our partners in the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus this year... By working with their colleagues to affirm the Senate's support for CTE Month and its goals through this resolution, they have advanced our community's effort to build awareness of CTE's role in preparing all students for the 21st century economy."
This show of support was bolstered by active CTE advocates from across the country, who logged more than 300 phone calls and e-mails to their Senators in response to our previous Legislative Alert regarding a Dear Colleague on the Resolution.
ACTE applauds the bipartisan work to recognize the importance of CTE for all students, and will continue to celebrate CTE Month with our partners nationwide!
Posted by Sean Lynch on 02/10/2016 at 09:45 AM in CTE Caucus, In the News | Permalink
Today, the White House released its budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017—the last annual budget proposal of the Obama Administration. This document outlines the Administration's spending priorities for the coming year fiscal year, including federal education and workforce training programs. The budget proposes to level fund the Perkins Basic State Grant program at $1.118 billion—approximately $5.4 million below the pre-sequestration level. The Administration has requested an additional $75 million for Perkins; however, the additional funds would support the proposed American Technical Training Fund that would provide competitive grants to support short-term or accelerated job training programs in high-demand fields. The recommended $2 million increase for CTE National Programs would provide technical assistance and evaluation support for projects under the American Technical Training Fund proposal.
The Administration also proposes to fund several new programs that could provide students with expanded education and job training opportunities, including $200 million to support the development and expansion of youth apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship programs—part of a $2 billion proposal that support the president’s goal of doubling the number of apprenticeships. Once again, the budget proposes funding for the America’s College Promise initiative that would provide two years of free community college. To further support community colleges, the Administration put forward a new tax incentive to encourage employers to work with community colleges in developing educational programs, and hire community college graduates.
ACTE is concerned that continued inadequacies in Perkins formula grant funding to states, currently $170 million below the FY 2007 level, are limiting opportunities to grow CTE programs and expand access to millions of students nationwide. "ACTE recognizes the importance of strengthening the country's education and workforce development systems, and supports the goals of the Administration's budget request. However, we continue to emphasize that CTE programs that rely on Perkins cannot be asked to do more with less," said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson in a press release. ACTE’s full statement on the budget request is available here.
Posted by Mitch Coppes on 02/09/2016 at 04:26 PM in Federal Funding | Permalink
On Wednesday, February 10, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET, the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus will host a congressional staff briefing in cooperation with ACTE, the Industry Workforce Needs Coalition and Opportunity America titled, "Career and Technical Education: The Employer Perspective."
The event will feature a panel discussion moderated by Tamar Jacoby, President, Opportunity America, as well as voices from a range of industries that rely on skilled workers sharing how their business is connecting with workforce training and CTE programs in their communities. The briefing will be webcast live here or in the embedded video player below, and we invite ACTE members to join us virtually for this exciting conversation!
Senate CTE Caucus Co-chairs Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) have been invited for remarks during the briefing. Panelists include:
Posted by Sean Lynch on 02/09/2016 at 01:19 PM in CTE Caucus, In the News, Perkins | Permalink
The level of performance needed on WorkKeys assessments for each career cluster is described in ACT’s Career Readiness in the United States 2015.
For instance, in the Agriculture cluster, students need at least a Level 4 in Locating Information and Reading for Information and a Level 5 in Applied Mathematics. To facilitate this analysis, the report creates its own career clusters based on O*NET classifications as well as the National Career Clusters® Framework.
In addition, within each career cluster, the scores needed are further broken down by occupation and education level. For example, a dental assistant, classed in the middle-education group, needs a Level 3 in Applied Mathematics, a Level 5 in Reading for Information and a Level 4 in Locating Information.
The publication also examines overall work readiness skills by level of education, finding that performance in all three WorkKeys areas increases with education level.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 02/05/2016 at 02:25 PM in Career Readiness, Data and Research | Permalink
Lower education requirements for an occupation are often paired with a need for on-the-job training, according to an analysis from Chmura Economics & Analytics. For instance, using Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, Chmura has identified the top 10 highest-paying occupations that are open to those with a high school diploma or less, with moderate-term on-the-job training:
Median Annual Wage, 2012
First-line supervisors of police and detectives
Detectives and criminal investigators
Postmasters and mail superintendents
Subway and streetcar operators
First-line supervisors of correctional officers
Signal and track switch repairers
Police and sheriff's patrol officers
Railroad conductors and yardmasters
CTE prepares students for these occupations through programs in transportation, criminal justice and other fields on the secondary and postsecondary levels, allowing students to find the right combination of classroom and on-the-job learning that works for them.
There are few jobs identified by BLS that require neither a degree nor on-the-job training, and most require a few years of related work experience before entry.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 02/04/2016 at 03:19 PM in Data and Research | Permalink
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