[...] ACTE members need to continue providing anecdotal information to their legislators and communities about how CTE is making a significant contribution by providing students with real-world, hands-on learning that keeps them engaged in school; giving students opportunities to acquire technical skills and to explore careers; and fostering the learning of academics. Among them is the funding of a technical assessment academy through the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education; helping states-such as Ohio and New Jersey - take their green programs to scale; improving rural schools and communities by the implementation of career clusters and STEM programming; working with other agencies such as the Labor Department to develop best practice initiatives and job training opportunities in expanding areas such as energy; and investing a proposed $12 billion in community colleges through the American Graduation Initiative to prepare workers in the fastest growing fields - such as green and information technology.
F e at u r e By N. Susan Emeagwali NPS Draws CTE Educators from Around the Country C 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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