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  • 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

  • Work Readiness Gap Analysis: Is CTE the Answer?

    An analysis of ACT WorkKeys scores, compared to skills required in high-wage, high-demand and fast-growing jobs, has found significant gaps between examinee skills and job requirements, particularly when it comes to locating information. However, test-taker skills and job needs were better matched on the middle level-meaning students with a postsecondary certificate or associate degree, by and large, had the skills needed for jobs that require a postsecondary certificate or associate degree-than for education and jobs at higher or lower levels of education and work requirements.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/11/2013 12:10:13 PM

  • Perkins Funding Bill Passes First Hurdle in Senate

    Yesterday, the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 appropriations bill. While the individual allocation for Perkins will not be officially announced until the bill is taken up by the full appropriations committee on Thursday, it included an overall increase for the Department of Education of $1.4 billion. The bill also seeks to address the effects of sequestration, which has resulted in an across-the-board cut to most discretionary programs, including a $58 million reduction in Perkins funding for the 2013-14 school year.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/11/2013 12:47:30 PM

  • Four-year Degree Not Required

    Four-year college may not be the answer for all students, based on major and career area of interest, according to the authors of a recent Brookings publication. On average, there are benefits of getting a bachelor's degree that outweigh costs. But, to quote Should Everyone Go To College?  authors Stephanie Owen and Isabel Sawhill, "the key phrase here is 'on average'."

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/9/2013 10:08:23 PM

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