ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION®
On Friday, the last day before Congress left town for a brief recess, the Senate passed a resolution “supporting the goals and ideals of Career and Technical Education Month.” The resolution was championed by the four co-chairs of the Senate CTE Caucus: Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Sen. Todd Young (R-IN). The Senate has now passed resolutions honoring CTE Month every year since the Senate CTE Caucus was founded.
The resolution, available here, touches on American workforce demands, CTE career opportunities, the benefits of CTE and the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Hughes Act. By passing the resolution, the Senate not only recognizes the important role CTE plays in “preparing a well-educated and skilled workforce in the United States,” but it also “encourages educators, counselors, and administrators to promote [CTE] as an option for students.”
In total, 31 senators co-sponsored the resolution, 10 more than last year. The resolution was introduced by Sen. Kaine, and in addition to Senators Portman, Baldwin and Young, the following senators also co-sponsored the resolution:
The growing number of co-sponsors, which has increased each of the past three years, signifies the growing awareness around CTE’s benefits on Capitol Hill. ACTE worked closely with Sen. Kaine and his staff to craft the resolution, and we thank all of our members who called their senators asking them to sign on as co-sponsors.
Posted by Jarrod Nagurka on 02/17/2017 at 03:32 PM in Advocacy Resources, CTE Caucus, In the News | Permalink
CTE Month, Senate CTE Caucus
On February 14, the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus hosted a briefing that provided an overview of the past, present and future of CTE. The briefing also served to highlight February as CTE Month and the 100-year anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act, the first federal investment in secondary CTE.
More than 60 guests, in addition to those who tuned in to the live-stream, attended the briefing, which began with a brief presentation on the evolution of CTE. Following the presentation, a panel discussed the ways in which CTE prepares students for career success, what the future of CTE looks like and how federal policy can support CTE, among other things. ACTE deputy executive director Stephen DeWitt moderated the panel, which included:
The briefing was live-streamed, and archived footage of the briefing can be viewed below or at this link. The video begins at minute 19:02. Please excuse the minor sound quality issue towards the beginning which was quickly corrected.
Posted by Jarrod Nagurka on 02/15/2017 at 03:46 PM in CTE Caucus | Permalink
Senate CTE Caucus
Next week, the U.S. Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus will host a briefing titled, “CTE: Past, Present and Future.” The briefing coincides with CTE Month® and marks 100 years since President Woodrow Wilson signed the Smith-Hughes Act into law in 1917. The Smith-Hughes Act was the first major federal investment in secondary CTE.
The briefing will begin with a short recap of the history of federal involvement in CTE, followed by a panel that will discuss how CTE has evolved over the past century, the ways in which it is preparing America’s future workforce and what the future of CTE looks like. Panelists will also discuss how federal policy can further support CTE.
The panel will be moderated by ACTE Deputy Executive Director Stephen DeWitt, and panelists include:
The briefing will take place on Tuesday, February 14 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the HELP Committee room, located in room 430 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The briefing will also be live-streamed. To attend in-person, please RSVP to email@example.com. RSVPs are not required to watch the livestream.
Live Stream Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nSGI3xZm7o
Posted by Jarrod Nagurka on 02/07/2017 at 03:57 PM in CTE Caucus | Permalink
At a briefing on infrastructure and CTE hosted last week by the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced Senator Todd Young (R-IN) would join the caucus as a co-chair. In addition to Sen. Young and Sen. Portman, the caucus is also led by co-chairs Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).
Senator Young graduated from a public high school in Indiana and from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. He trained as a rifle platoon commander, served as an intelligence officer and later managed recruiting for the Marine Corps in the Chicago area. While in Chicago, Sen. Young earned an MBA. His career later took him to London for further studies followed by a stint in Washington, DC to work at a conservative think tank and as a congressional staffer. He later returned to Indiana and earned a J.D., working at a small law firm until he was elected to Congress in 2009.
In the House of Representatives, Sen. Young voted on a number of important education bills, and he supported the Every Student Succeeds Act. He also introduced bipartisan legislation with Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) to provide more affordable student loan options. In 2016, Sen. Young won election to the United States Senate, and was sworn in at the beginning of this year. He serves on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, the committee of jurisdiction for the vast majority of CTE-related legislation. He also serves on the Foreign Relations; Commerce, Science and Transportation; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committees.
ACTE thanks Sen. Young for demonstrating his commitment to CTE so early in his Senate career by agreeing to join the caucus as a co-chair. We look forward to working with him in the years ahead.
Posted by Jarrod Nagurka on 01/30/2017 at 03:00 PM in CTE Caucus | Permalink
CTE Caucus, Todd Young
Recently, Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), co-chairs of the Senate CTE Caucus, reintroduced the Jumpstart Our Businesses by Supporting Students (JOBS) Act—a bill to expand Pell Grant eligibility to students enrolled in short-term training programs. The Pell Grant program is one of the largest sources of needs-based federal financial aid, which provides billions of dollars annually to support students pursuing postsecondary education.
Under the JOBS Act, CTE programs offered at a postsecondary institution, including area CTE centers and community colleges, that are least 150 clock hours of instruction time over a period of at least 8 weeks and lead to a recognized postsecondary credential would be Pell eligible. It would also help to promote the alignment of the training and education offered through these programs with local and regional workforce needs. Expanding Pell eligible programs to include short-term CTE programs would create greater opportunities for students to prepare for careers in high-growth, high-demand industries. ACTE is proud to endorse the JOBS Act, and will continue to support initiatives that promote CTE’s role in higher education policy.
Posted by Mitch Coppes on 01/30/2017 at 01:08 PM in CTE Caucus, HEA | Permalink
On January 24, the U.S. Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus hosted a briefing on how federal policy can support the intersection of infrastructure and CTE. Infrastructure includes a wide variety of fields, ranging from roads and bridges to telecom, water, energy and more. To address the nation’s various infrastructure needs and how CTE is preparing people for careers in these fields, a diverse group of panelists from across the country traveled to Capitol Hill to speak to more than 60 congressional staffers and leaders from different education organizations.
The following experts sat on the panel:
In addition to a panel discussion, two of the caucus co-chairs, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) gave remarks. Both announced the introduction of the JOBS Act, which increases access to high-quality, short-term job training programs by expanding Pell Grant eligibility. Senator Portman also announced Senator Todd Young (R-IN) as a new co-chair of the caucus.
Several common themes emerged throughout the briefing that were highlighted by both the panelists and Senators Kaine and Portman. First, the briefing stressed that investments in infrastructure yield much more than “temporary construction jobs.” Rather, investments in infrastructure lead to high-paying careers in design, engineering and maintenance, among others. Further, infrastructure encompasses more than just roads and bridges. Investments in infrastructure includes providing broadband access, expanding and increasing the efficiency of energy distribution systems, improving the quality of drinking water, rebuilding schools, and so much more. Lastly, the panel underscored the workforce demand for these infrastructure fields. In fact, one report that was highlighted suggests that by 2022 there will need to be 2.7 million new career-seekers to replace those in the infrastructure workforce who will be retiring.
The briefing was quite timely as discussions of a major infrastructure package emerge in Washington. President Trump talked about investing in infrastructure on the campaign trail, and reports suggest his team is working on a proposal. Coincidentally, Senate Democrats unveiled an infrastructure plan on the same day as the panel. ACTE looks forward to working with Congress and the Trump Administration to find ways to support CTE as a critical component to meeting infrastructure workforce demands.
Click below to scroll through photos from the briefing. You can also view the photos here.
Posted by Jarrod Nagurka on 01/26/2017 at 11:11 AM in CTE Caucus, In the News | Permalink
CTE Caucus, Infrastructure, Rob Portman, Tim Kaine
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) has jurisdiction over a number of ACTE’s legislative priorities, including the forthcoming reauthorizations of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and the Higher Education Act.
In the 115th Congress, the committee’s 12 Republicans and 11 Democrats will continue to be led by Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), a former U.S. Education Secretary and university president, and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a former educator.
The committee will also welcome three new members, including Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.), a co-founder and co-chair of the Senate CTE Caucus. When Senator Kaine’s appointment was announced last month, ACTE issued a press release congratulating him. He will join two other Senate CTE Caucus co-chairs, Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) on the committee.
The two other senators newly appointed to the committee, Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), a former Congressman and Governor, respectively, were both first elected in November 2016. ACTE looks forward to working with Senators Kaine, Young, Hassan and the other HELP members in the new congress.
For a full list of the committee and more information on its newest members, check out this blog from EdWeek.
Posted by Jarrod Nagurka on 01/06/2017 at 12:35 PM in Advocacy Resources, CTE Caucus, In the News | Permalink
CTE Caucus, HELP, Maggie Hassan, Tim Kaine, Todd Young
The House Education and the Workforce Committee today held a hearing to discuss strategies for Perkins reauthorization that will lift up promising models to serve all students with high-quality CTE. Witnesses included Dr. Monty Sullivan of the Louisiana Community Technical College System (an ACTE Educational Institution Member), Mr. Paul Tse of Shapiro and Duncan, Mr. Jason Bates of Toyota Bodine and its Advanced Maintenance Technician Co-op) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA).
Sen. Kaine, a co-chair of the Senate CTE Caucus, spoke at length about his passion for CTE before his colleagues in the House, and highlighted several pieces of legislation that he and his fellow co-chairs have introduced to support CTE students. Specific pieces Sen. Kaine referenced included the Middle STEP Act, Educating Tomorrow's Workforce Act, Creating Quality Technical Educators Act and JOBS Act, which would connect CTE students at all levels with additional federal resources and support. Kaine also highlighted the importance of including CTE in the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and alignment with other federal education and workforce preparation policies.
Other themes that emerged during the hearing included career guidance support, dual and concurrent enrollment opportunities, industry partnerships and career exploration activities in middle grades. In addition, some members pointed to the critical need for greater federal investment in Perkins to further strengthen our national CTE system. Overall, members of the committee emphasized the important bipartisan nature of Perkins and these reauthorization principles, and expressed optimism that there may be a path forward for a reauthorization bill before the end of this Congress. Check back soon for additional photos from the hearing!
Posted by Sean Lynch on 05/17/2016 at 05:06 PM in CTE Caucus, Federal Funding, In the News, Perkins, Postsecondary Issues | 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
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
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