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Duncan and Perez Tour CTE Facilities in Ohio

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August 5, 2014

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Duncan and Perez Tour CTE Facilities in Ohio

Recently, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez made a joint trip to Toledo, Ohio to visit some of the region’s successful CTE and job training programs. Their first stop was the Toledo Technology Academy (TTA), an integrated academic and technical education school that serves 7-12 grade students enrolled in Toledo Public Schools. TTA prepares students for careers in engineering and advanced manufacturing through hands-on training, employer partnerships and opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials and postsecondary credit. Toledo’s public school system was recently awarded a $3.8 million Youth CareerConnect grant that will help to expand CTE programs at TTA and high schools across the district.

To promote the Administration’s efforts to expand Registered Apprenticeship programs, the secretaries visited an electrical construction and contracting apprenticeship training facility run by the Toledo Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, where Duncan and Perez got a first-hand look at a wind turbine operation and maintenance program. Their final stop was the Owens Community College Downtown Toledo Learning Center, which features a One-Stop Career Center (funded through the recently reauthorized Workforce Investment Act) on site. The Owens Community College system recently joined the Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium—a Department of Labor-backed initiative that allows graduates of Registered Apprenticeship programs to receive college credit for qualifying on-the-job training at participating postsecondary institutions.

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