Forty-Six States and DC Advance Policies to Support Career Technical Education in 2014

February 5, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2015
Contact:
Sean Lynch, Association for Career and Technical Education, 703-683-9312
Katie Fitzgerald, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, 240-398-5405

Forty-Six States and DC Advance Policies to Support Career Technical Education in 2014

Second Annual Report on State Career and Technical Education Policy Trends Released by National CTE Associations

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) released the second annual report, “State Policies Impacting CTE: 2014 2014_State_Policy_Review_FINAL.pdfYear in Review.” This paper – the singular source of information on this crucial topic – captures the full range of state policy changes that impact career and technical education (CTE) across the country.

2014 Year in Review provides both an overview and a state-by-state analysis of CTE-related policies that were adopted in 2014. This year-in-review report indicates that 46 states and the District of Columbiatook action to boost their CTE programs in 2014, approving roughly 150 policies. Last year, states passed laws to strengthen programs of study through dual/concurrent enrollment programs, create incentive or competitive funds for high-quality CTE programs of study, and expand innovative business and community partnerships to involve all stakeholders in the evolution of the CTE enterprise.

“The ‘State Policies Impacting CTE’ publication is required reading for policymakers and thought leaders alike who want to make a meaningful impact on the state of education in this country,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “By sharing information about the variety of states’ approaches to CTE policy, this report can guide education policy discussions to ensure that every student graduates ready for college and career success.”

“Once again, we are seeing an overwhelming interest in CTE across the nation, in the form of state policies and regulations seeking to expand access to and the quality of CTE programs,” added NASDCTEc’s Executive Director Kimberly Green. “It is our hope that policymakers and other key leaders will use this paper as a resource when crafting new policies or looking for innovation from the field.”

About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

About NASDCTEc
The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) was established in 1920 to represent the state and territory heads of secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across the nation. NASDCTEc, through leadership, advocacy and partnerships, aims to support an innovative CTE system that prepares individuals to succeed in education and their careers, and poises the United States to flourish in a global, dynamic economy.  www.careertech.org

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National CTE Associations Respond to President Obama’s FY16 Budget Request

February 2, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 2015
Contact: Sean Lynch, Association for Career and Technical Education, slynch@acteonline.org, 703-683-9312
Katie Fitzgerald, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, kfitzgerald@careertech.org, 240-398-5405

National CTE Associations Respond to President Obama’s FY16 Budget Request

Alexandria, VA – The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) today expressed appreciation for the Obama Administration’s efforts to invest in America’s career and technical education (CTE) programs through the proposals and initiatives included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget request.

Executive Directors Kimberly Green and LeAnn Wilson stated that they were pleased with the Administration’s recognition of CTE’s role in equitably preparing students at the secondary and postsecondary level for college and career success, reflected by the inclusion of an additional $200 million for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins). The additional funds would support the president’s recently announced American Technical Training Fund through a CTE Innovation Fund included in Perkins. The organizations noted, however, that there is still a great need for increased investment in the state grant formula program provided under the Perkins Act, which is the primary source of dedicated federal support for the nation’s CTE system. By infusing greater funding into the existing basic state formula, the Administration can connect states with the resources they need to ensure innovative programs and practices can be scaled to reach all students.

“I am encouraged by the Administration’s continued efforts to work with Congress to build our investment in CTE, as well as its recognition of the need for additional resources to support high-quality programs,” said Wilson. “While there is still much to be done to fulfill our duty to prepare every student for success in a career they feel passionately about, this budget request signals a strong foundation as we work with President Obama and his Administration in the coming year.”

The creation of the American Technical Training Fund through the Perkins CTE Innovation Fund will support the development and operation of innovative, evidence-based job training programs in high-demand fields. The proposal has been a major topic of conversation since the president’s State of the Union address, and will strengthen public recognition of the invaluable contributions of CTE programs in skills training and ensuring America’s economic competitiveness on a global scale.

“We are encouraged by the Administration’s commitment to increasing access to high-quality CTE programs through the proposed creation of this fund,” NASDCTEc’s Green said. “The American Technical Training Fund creates a unique opportunity to promote, catalyze and bring to scale high-quality CTE programs of study that engage in strong partnerships with employers and prepare learners at all levels for the careers of their choice.”

NASDCTEc and ACTE remain committed to expanding equitable access to high-quality CTE and look forward to a thoughtful reauthorization process of the Perkins Act, wherein many of the proposals in today’s budget request can be strengthened and more fully realized. As the federal budget and appropriations process proceeds, Congress must fulfill its commitment to America’s students, employers and educators by increasing its investment in CTE through Perkins.

About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

About NASDCTEc
The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) was established in 1920 to represent the state and territory heads of secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across the nation. NASDCTEc, through leadership, advocacy and partnerships, aims to support an innovative CTE system that prepares individuals to succeed in education and their careers, and poises the United States to flourish in a global, dynamic economy.  www.careertech.org

President Spotlights Education Access During Annual State of the Union Address

January 20, 2015

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January 20, 2015
CONTACT: Sean Lynch
703-683-9312, slynch@acteonline.org

President Spotlights Education Access During Annual State of the Union Address

ALEXANDRIA, VA -The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) today lauded President Obama’s emphasis on the importance of additional skills for all students during his State of the Union Address.

“To make sure folks keep earning higher wages down the road, we have to do more to help Americans upgrade their skills,” Obama said. “America thrived in the 20th century because we made high school free, sent a generation of GIs to college and trained the best workforce in the world.  But in a 21st century economy that rewards knowledge like never before, we need to do more.”

During his address, the president referenced his recently announced America’s College Promise proposal, which could increase opportunity for Americans nationwide to obtain valuable postsecondary CTE credentials in growing fields. He also emphasized the need for strong business-education partnerships, like those established by many CTE programs around the country.

“President Obama’s attention to postsecondary education access and skills training issues in his address provides important recognition of our nation’s duty to equitably prepare every student for college and career success,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “I’m also encouraged by the increased attention that this administration has given CTE as an established mechanism for increasing access to economic opportunity and strengthening the foundation of the American workforce. Hopefully, the president, his Administration and Congress will continue this momentum and recognize the need to build our federal investment in CTE through proven approaches, including the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.”

Tuesday proved to be a big night for CTE educators as well. ACTE member Lisa Barnett, a CTE coordinator at Botetourt Country public school district, and Katrice Mubiru, a CTE teacher for Los Angeles unified school district, attended the address as special guests of Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and First Lady Michele Obama, respectively. The inclusion of CTE professionals as guests at this important event underscores the growing appreciation for CTE in Washington and nationwide, and will help to spread public support for these vital programs.

As the nation’s largest association of education professionals dedicated to preparing students for college and career success, ACTE supports policies that will connect secondary and postsecondary level students with relevant, real-world learning opportunities that prepare them to meet workforce demands in growing career fields.

About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

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ACTE Announces 2015 Board Election Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2015
Contact: Sean Lynch
703-683-9312
slynch@acteonline.org

 ACTE ANNOUNCES 2015 BOARD ELECTION RESULTS

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education announced today the election results for new members of the organization’s Board of Directors, who will take office on July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016. The new Board members were elected by members of the Association during its annual election from November 21 – December 21, 2014.

The results of the election include the following:

  • President Elect-Lorri Carlile from Stillwater, Oklahoma. She is a FACS instructor at Morrison Public Schools.
  • Administration Division Vice President-Janet Goble from Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the Director of Career and Technical Education at Canyons School District
  • Region III Vice President-Elect-Cindy Stover from Lincoln, Illinois. She is a Consultant with CKO Consulting, LLC serving Illinois ACTE.

Also joining the above individuals on the Board in July 2015 are the following:

Doug Meyer, President; Dodie Bemis, Region V; Janet Bell, Guidance and Career Development Division Vice President; John Noel, Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education Division Vice President; Nancy Trivette, Agriculture Education Division Vice President; and Cindy McConnell, Health Science Education Division Vice President. As Region V vice president, Bemis will represent Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Philippines, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The elected members of each Region and Division will serve a three-year term. For more information on the winners, including biographies and photos, please contact Lauren Lessels. For more information about ACTE’s Board of Directors, please visit www.acteonline.org.

About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

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