night, President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union address before
Congress. He put forward a broad policy agenda that included efforts on skills
training, manufacturing and education. The president applauded the 2014 budget
agreement that rolled back much of the 2013 sequester cut and paved the way for
increase in Perkins funding in the recent omnibus appropriations bill.
Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 1/29/2014 3:08:36 PM
On January 16, President
Obama hosted a group of approximately 140 college presidents, business people, foundation heads and nonprofit
executives at an event focusing on improving college access for
Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 1/21/2014 2:29:40 PM
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal agency that oversees the
development and enforcement of environmental standards and regulations, is
proposals for funding of local or regional programs that deliver environmental
workforce development and job training opportunities for unemployed and under-employed
individuals. This competitive grant specifically focuses on training for careers
in hazardous waste remediation, environmental health and safety, and wastewater
Posted by Application Administrator at 1/14/2014 12:00:46 PM
With CTE getting much warranted attention on Capitol Hill lately and ACTE’s Career Tech VISION 2013 happening last week in Las Vegas, it is an exciting time to be an ACTE member! Adding to that excitement was the appearance of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the ACTE Awards Banquet during VISION 2013.Having made appearances at many other education related conferences during his tenure, last week’s remarks at the awards banquet were the Secretary’s first at VISION!
Posted by Application Administrator at 1/3/2014 1:50:59 PM
Today, President Obama announced a new, $100 million competitive grant opportunity named "Youth CareerConnect." The funds will be awarded from the Department of Labor's revenues from
the H-1B visa program and the grants will also be administered by the Department of Labor.
Posted by Application Administrator at 11/19/2013 8:33:21 PM
Eric Seleznow, Employment and Training Administration Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provided a few remarks on November 18 at a New America Foundation event titled "A Natural Fit?: Community Colleges and Competency-Based Education." The comments addressed both the topic of competency-based education (CBE) and broader issues and initiatives at the Department.
Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 11/25/2013 9:47:57 AM
As I reported
last month, the U.S. performed below average on numeracy, literacy and
problem solving in technology-rich environments in the OECD Survey of Adult Skills.
An event yesterday hosted by the Center for American Progress delved
into these findings, proposed solutions and featured an announcement
from the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) about its plans
to address adult skills deficiencies.
Posted by Application Administrator at 11/14/2013 5:15:08 PM
co-chairs of the Congressional CTE Caucus, Reps. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) and
Jim Langevin (D-RI), recently sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom
Vilsack regarding proposed
federal regulations that will require all foods sold in schools to meet
strict new nutritional standards. Though
intended by Congress to target snack foods sold in vending machines, a la carte
lines and school stores, these regulations could have a harmful effect on
students in CTE culinary programs that operate student-run cafés, bakeries and
Posted by Application Administrator at 10/31/2013 3:38:16 PM