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  • Troubling U.S. Performance on Survey of Adult Skills

    The OECD has conducted its first Survey of Adult Skills, analyzing the skills of more than 150,000 adults across the world in literacy and numeracy as well as problem solving in technology-rich environments. The United States was ranked below average in each of the three domains.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/15/2013 9:53:38 AM

  • AFT President Promotes CTE and Renewed Perkins

    On October 10, AFT President Randi Weingarten addressed an audience of CTE advocates at a United Federation of Teachers meeting in New York, calling for high-quality CTE as a way to retool schools and focus students on today's needed careers. She said policymakers need to fully fund the Perkins Act and voiced strong opposition to proposals that would redirect federal Perkins formula funds to competitive grants.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/11/2013 2:38:23 PM

  • CTE Funding Spotlight: Toolbox for Education Grant

    CTE programs across the country are feeling the pinch of these difficult economic times. Cuts in federal funding for education and budget austerity at the state and local levels have become major challenges for many CTE educators and administrators. While there are many funding opportunities available through government and private foundation grants for specific education projects and initiatives, these are not always easy to find. To help bring much-needed resources to your CTE classroom, we have created this new CTE Funding Spotlight series. We will search out education, workforce training and CTE funding opportunities that are currently available and regularly highlight them on our CTE Policy Watch blog.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/11/2013 2:43:13 PM

  • ACTE Weighs in on Department of ED’s Four-Year Plan

    ACTE recently submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Education’s draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2014-2018. Every four years the department develops a set of goals and strategic objectives to guide its future budget and policy priorities. The goals outlined in the plan include improving student access at all levels of education, increasing equity, developing the department’s own organizational capacities, promoting college- and career-ready standards and assessments, and improving high school graduation and postsecondary completion rates. Thought the department is currently closed due to the federal government shutdown, we are still working to make sure that there is a strong focus on CTE in future education policy priorities.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/11/2013 2:39:38 PM

  • Apply to be a Community College Student Success Center

    State-level community college entities are invited by the Kresge Foundation and Jobs for the Future to apply to join the Student Success Center initiative. Applications should outline your plans to launch a Student Success Center, which organizes a state's community colleges around common action to accelerate efforts to improve persistence and completion.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/9/2013 12:39:01 PM

  • Associate Degrees Offer Return on Investment

    Associate degree holders earn an annual rate of return of four percent on their college investment, in comparison to workers with a high school diploma as their highest credential, according to new research from the Nexus Research and Policy Center and the American Institutes for Research. This return on investment (ROI) can be even higher given certain institutional characteristics and educational choices, including majoring in health and other CTE fields.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/9/2013 12:39:01 PM

  • Shutdown Update: Debt Ceiling Enters the Debate

    Week two of the federal government shutdown began with no indication that congressional leaders and the White House are any closer to a resolution that would end the partisan standoff. The likelihood that both sides will be able to reach a deal to end the shutdown is being further complicated by a looming deadline to raise the nation’s debt limit. The U.S. Treasury Department announced that Congress will need to approve an increase in the federal debt ceiling before October 17 in order to avoid a default. So what is the debt ceiling and what does it have to do with the ongoing government shutdown?

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/9/2013 12:35:41 PM

  • Combining Work and Learning to Launch Young Adults Into Careers

    Young adults are delaying their launch into careers and taking longer to achieve median earnings, according to a new report from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce. The publication proposes helping younger people ramp up into careers through work-based learning, flexible work arrangements and transparency about how education connects to careers.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/7/2013 5:19:16 PM

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