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  • Take Action: House Voting On Career Readiness Measure

    Today the House of Representatives will be voting on amendments to the Student Success Act reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI), in conjunction with ACTE, is introducing an amendment requesting schools report on the career readiness of its students. Call or email your Representative to support the Benishek amendment and CTE!

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/18/2013 11:36:19 PM

  • CTE Playing a Larger Role in Student Loan Talk

    Concerned about the growing federal student loan debt, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) sees vocational training and CTE as an important option for students seeking pathways to career success outside of the traditional four-year degree path.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/18/2013 11:39:48 PM

  • Online Resources Support Job Seekers, Disconnected Youth

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has developed resources to help job seekers and CTE and workforce development professionals better identify high-wage, high-growth and high-demand occupations.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/18/2013 11:34:06 PM

  • CTE Receives Boost in Senate Funding Bill

    Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. As we reported earlier this week, the bill was given the green light from the appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday and it is now ready to proceed to the Senate floor for a vote there. Thanks to the efforts of the entire CTE community, the committee approved a $1.1 billion funding level for Perkins! The across-the-board sequester cut caused a $58 million reduction in Perkins for FY 2013, resulting in less funding for high schools, CTE centers, community and technical colleges, and millions of CTE students nationwide beginning in the 2013-14 school year. Thursday’s vote marked a big step toward restoring this cut!

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/15/2013 2:58:47 PM

  • OECD: Much to Praise, Some Concerns About U.S. Postsecondary CTE

    A new Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report paints a mixed picture of postsecondary CTE in the United States, praising CTE's flexibility, innovation and inclusion while citing challenges that result from decentralization, such as uneven quality and a lack of transparency and coherency that can affect student ability to make informed choices.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/12/2013 2:08:58 PM

  • Sen. Merkley Pens Middle School Career Exploration Bill

    Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Building Understanding, Investment, Learning and Direction Career and Technical Education (BUILD CTE) Act of 2013 to establish a pilot, competitive grant program to help states establish, re-establish or scale up career exploration programs in middle schools.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/12/2013 2:08:14 PM

  • Postsecondary Attainment Shows Slow But Steady Rise

    A recent Lumina publication reports a slow but steady increase in U.S. postsecondary attainment, while emphasizing how far we have to go toward reaching the foundation's goal of 60 percent of Americans with postsecondary credentials, including certificates, by 2025.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/11/2013 1:02:00 PM

  • Sen. Marco Rubio Encourages CTE as Part of Higher Ed Solution

    Speaking on the Senate floor yesterday during a debate on fixing the student loan interest rate, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) lauded the merits of career and technical education as a key part of any "fix" to the higher education system.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/11/2013 12:47:07 PM

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