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     By N. Susan Emeagwali

                        NPS Draws CTE Educators
                        from Around the Country

                    NpS pROVIDED CtE                                      AREER AND tECHNICAL                   dents with real-world, hands-on learning
                                                                          EDUCAtORS DESCENDED                   that keeps them engaged in school; giving
          pROFESSIONALS WItH                                              ON ARLINGtON, Virginia,               students opportunities to acquire technical
                                                                   for the Association for Career and Techni-   skills and to explore careers; and foster-
                      AN OppORtUNItY
                                                                   cal Education’s (ACTE) National Policy       ing the learning of academics. CTE is
               tO kEEp ABREASt OF                                  Seminar (NPS), March 8–10. The event         also crucial in giving adults the skills and
                                                                   provided career and technical education      training they need to meet the demands
                  DEVELOpMENtS ON                                  (CTE) professionals with an opportunity      of an ever-changing workforce, she added.
                      CApItOL HILL WiTH                            to keep abreast of developments on Capi-        Bray said there is strength in numbers
                                                                   tol Hill with presentations from keynote     and the Association’s membership needs
                   PRESENTATiONS FROM                              presenters Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant    to be increased to bolster its power. To
                                                                   secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult    that end she urged members to encourage
                    KEyNOTE PRESENTERS
                                                                   Education (OVAE), and Jane Oates,            their colleagues who are not members to
                        SUCH AS OFFiCE OF                          assistant secretary, Employment and          join. With a larger membership, she said,
                                                                   Training Administration. Other present-      ACTE will have an even bigger say in
                          VOCATiONAL AND                           ers included congressional staffers and      policymaking on Capitol Hill.
            ADULT EDUCATiON CHiEF                                  representatives from organizations such
                                                                   as the National Governors Association        OVAE’s Brenda Dann-Messier:
            BRENDA DANN-MESSiER,                                   (NGA), U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the         CTE’s Role in the Knowledge-
                                                                   National Association of State Directors of   based Economy
                 AND THE EMPLOyMENT
                                                                   Career Technical Education Consortium        Today’s jobseekers face realities such as
                                 AND TRAiNiNG                      (NASDCTEc), American Youth Policy            globalization and technological advances
                                                                   Forum (AYPF), and the National Educa-        that will impact their career prospects,
                          ADMiNiSTRATiON’S                         tion Association.                            said Brenda Dann-Messier. Giving the
                                      JANE OATES.                     Jan Bray, ACTE’s executive director,      keynote address on March 10, Dann-
                                                                   kicked off NPS by noting that CTE and        Messier noted that employers want
                                                                   the success of the American economy are      employees who have the right skills to suc-
                                                                   inextricably lin
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