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What We’re Reading: CTE News Around the Blogosphere Jan. 18


January 18, 2013

By: Ashley

CTE Trailblazers writes an informative post this week on how U.S. Census Bureau data can affect the designation of “traditional” or “nontraditional” assigned to CTE programs and courses. Farm Futures shares the news of a new Executive Secretary for National FFA. In Pennsylvania, $1.64 million in career and technical education equipment grants were awarded and PR Newswire has the official scoop from the Pa. Secretary of Education’s office. Lastly, Georgia ACTE Executive Director Matthew Gambill is profiled for his work in education in a Daily Tribune News article.

How New Occupation Data Might Impact the Designation of Nontraditional Courses—CTE Trailblazers

National FFA Announces New Executive Secretary—Farm Futures

Pa. Secretary of Education Announces $1.64 Million in Career and Technical Education Equipment Grants—PR Newswire

Matthew Gambill: A Sure Bet in State Education—The Daily Tribune News

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