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  • 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

  • Take Action: Senate Acting on Perkins Funding Bill This Week

    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 nationwide.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/9/2013 10:09:04 PM

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