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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
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
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
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
Posted by Application Administrator at 7/11/2013 12:10:13 PM
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 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
This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee will take up the Fiscal Year (FY)
2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill, which
will include funding for Perkins! Federal support for CTE is far below what is
necessary to meet the needs of local CTE programs and the students they
serve. Since 2010, Perkins funding has been reduced by over $100 million,
with the threat of further cuts through sequestration for the 2013-14 school
year. The erosion of Perkins has negatively impacted high schools, CTE centers,
community and technical colleges, employers and millions of CTE students
Posted by Application Administrator at 7/9/2013 10:09:04 PM
ACTE, along with various other organizations, recently sent
out a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voicing support for the Obama Administration’s new ConnectED initiative.
They expressed concern about the 20 percent of students who graduate late or
drop out entirely and the need to decrease that number in order to keep America
competitive in the global marketplace. The plans would help to expand the
school systems current internet capabilities, bringing student learning into
the digital age.
Posted by Application Administrator at 7/9/2013 10:04:00 PM