September 10, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues,

Please join newly-appointed Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education Scott Stump via Webinar as he shares the Department’s vision for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) as an opportunity to re-think our nation’s CTE programs. The Webinar will be held on September 12, 2018, from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm EST. Assistant Secretary Stump will be presenting live from the AMTECK Facility in Lexington, Kentucky as one of his stops on the Secretary’s Back-to-School Tour.

Download Presentation (PDF, 1.3 MB)

We received a number of questions during the webinar regarding the Perkins V State Plan submission timeline and the transition to Perkins V, generally. While we shared some of our preliminary ideas for transition during the webinar, the State Plan template and accompanying guidance will convey the Department’s final policies for transition, including timeline for implementation of Perkins V. The draft State Plan template will be available for review during the paperwork clearance process this Fall, which we will share when it is available. In the meantime, please submit any questions, concerns, or ideas regarding Perkins V transition to cte@ed.gov.

Best –
Sharon

Sharon Lee Miller
Director, Division of Academic and Technical Education

August 21, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to pass along the 2019 Nomination Letter (DOCX, 92 KB) that was issued to Chief State School Officers (CSSOs) regarding the upcoming 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. As you may recall, beginning in 2016, the program includes recognition of up to 20 outstanding students who demonstrate excellence in career and technical education (CTE).

Please note that each State is requested to submit nominations, including up to 5 CTE students, by November 21, 2018. We encourage you to work with your CSSO during the nomination process for the CTE students. In addition, I have attached the suggested 2019 Suggested Selection Criteria (DOCX, 28 KB) for your reference.

We look forward to recognizing the next class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, including scholars in CTE!

Best –
Sharon

Sharon Lee Miller
Director, Division of Academic and Technical Education

July 27, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, on July 25, 2018, the House of Representatives (House) sent to the President's desk H.R. 2353, the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (acronym yet-to-be-determined). Sponsored by Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), the legislation will help more Americans get the skills they need to prepare for postsecondary education and compete for good-paying, in-demand jobs.

Following approval of their bill, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce released a statement and a fact sheet.

President Trump then released a statement, applauding Congress for their efforts to reauthorize the Perkins legislation.

Secretary of Education DeVos issued a press release, also commending Congress on passage of the act.

As we await the President signing the bill into law, we understand that there are—and have already begun to receive—many questions pertaining to the administration, timelines, and implementation of the new law. To provide the most thorough and timely responses, we ask that you email your questions to: cte@ed.gov. We will be monitoring that mailbox and will respond as quickly as we can, even if all we can do at the moment is provide you a timeframe for when you will receive the information you request.

On behalf of the entire Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE), we are so excited and energized to work with you to implement this new law and, in so doing, prepare our nation's students for a prosperous future!

Best –
Sharon

Sharon Lee Miller
Director, Division of Academic and Technical Education

July 23, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues,

I am providing you with revised State allocations for FY 2017 under Title I (Career and Technical Education Assistance to the States) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). The revised allocations reflect an increase in funding (FY 2017 supplement) for some but not all States as described in the memorandum. Please share these revised allocations with your secondary and/or postsecondary counterparts, fiscal staff, and other appropriate individuals. Download the memorandum (PDF, 1.3 MB).

Best –
Sharon Lee Miller, Director
Division of Academic and Technical Education

 

July 17, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the U. S. Department of Education (Department), in collaboration with its contractors at the CFI Group, has launched its FY 2018 Grantee Satisfaction Survey. On or about July 1, 2018, you should have received a link to the survey from the CFI Group with the subject line “Department of Education Grantee Satisfaction Survey 2018.”

As in year’s past, we encourage you to complete the survey. One way the Department of Education holds itself accountable is by conducting an annual survey that measures the satisfaction of our grantees and partners. The Department is committed to serving its customers, so the survey will ask about your experience as a grant recipient of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). Our Office will use the results to improve the quality, timeliness and effectiveness of the services and products provided to you. 

The survey is administered by an independent third-party research firm, and your responses are anonymous. Department staff will not receive individual survey forms or information; they will only receive the aggregated survey results. Therefore, the Department will not be able to determine which grantee provided specific responses. While the survey is voluntary, we count on everyone’s participation to provide us with representative results and to help us identify how best to serve you. The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.

If you have not received the survey from the CFI Group (please remember to check your junk or spam folder!) or have any questions about it, please contact Margaret Romer, Deputy Director of the Division of Academic and Technical Education, at margaret.romer@ed.gov or 202-245-7501.

Best –
Sharon Lee Miller, Director
Division of Academic and Technical Education

July 2, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues, 

Just a quick note to let you know that our office has issued to each State its first installment of its Perkins grant award for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 (program year 12). By now, you should have received a grant award letter signed by Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education Michael Wooten with instructions to access your electronically signed GAN document at http://www.g5.gov under the Grant Maintenance /Award Documents menu selection.  

If you did not receive your letter from AS Wooten, please contact Edward Smith, Chief, Program Administration Branch, at 202-245-7602 or Edward.smith@ed.gov.  If you have questions regarding accessing G5 or your GAN documents, please contact the G5 help desk at 888-336-8930.  

We look forward to working with you over the coming year to prepare our nation’s CTE students for a successful future!

Best –
Sharon Lee Miller, Director
Division of Academic and Technical Education

June 29, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues,

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), announced the posting of the Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Program (NHCTEP) notice inviting applications for new awards, in the June 27, 2018, Federal Register.

The Federal Register Notice is available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/27/2018-13856/applications-for-new-awards-native-hawaiian-career-and-technical-education-program-nhctep. Also, the Federal Register Notice and Application Package is available at: https://www.grants.gov. The deadline for the transmittal of applications is July 27, 2018.

The following entities are eligible to apply for funding:

(a) Community-based organizations primarily serving and representing Native Hawaiians. For purposes of the NHCTEP, a community-based organization means a public or private organization that provides career and technical education, or related services, to individuals in the Native Hawaiian community.
(b) A community-based organization may apply individually or as part of a consortium with one or more eligible community-based organizations. (Eligible applicants seeking to apply for funds as a consortium must meet the requirements in 34 CFR 75.127-75.129.)

Also, on July 12, 2018, the Department will host a Pre-Application Teleconference, designed to help interested applicants with the NHCTEP Application Process. For your reference throughout the application process, information can be found on the following page of the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network (PCRN) website at https://cte.ed.gov/grants/native-hawaiian-career-and-technical-education-program. Details regarding the Pre-Application Teleconference will be posted on the PCRN website before the July 12, 2018 teleconference.

If you have questions regarding the 2018 NHCTEP grant opportunity, submit them to NHCTEPgrant@ed.gov

Best –
Sharon Lee Miller, Director
Division of Academic and Technical Education

 

May 18, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues,

On Friday, May 18th, the Department published in the Federal Register the availability of $3 million demonstration program entitled, "Pathways to STEM Apprenticeship for High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Students (Pathways to STEM Apprenticeship Grants)." View the Federal Register Notice.

Please note the following important dates pertaining to this notice:

To register for the pre-application Webinar, please visit: https://cte.ed.gov/cal/pathways-to-stem-apprenticeships-for-high-school-cte-students-pre-application-webinar.

Best –
Sharon Lee Miller, Director
Division of Academic and Technical Education

 

May 10th, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to let you know that Secretary DeVos has announced the 54th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education (CTE) fields. These students will be honored in a ceremony in Washington, DC, on June 24.

The press release, including a link to the complete list of scholars, is available at: https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/161-students-across-country-named-2018-us-presidential-scholars

Thank you for your efforts in working with your States to identify the candidates and now scholars in CTE!

Best –
Sharon Lee Miller, Director
Division of Academic and Technical Education

April 19, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

I am pleased to provide you with estimated State allocations for FY 2018 under Title I (Career and Technical Education Assistance to the States) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV or the Act). These are the figures your State must use when it submits (or resubmits) its budget for FY 2018 as part of its Perkins State plan revisions that are due on April 27, 2018 (extended from the original date of April 23, 2018).

If you have any questions regarding the submission, or resubmission, of your FY 2018 Perkins budget, please contact Edward Smith at Edward.Smith@ed.gov or Andrew Johnson at Andrew.Johnson@ed.gov.

Best –
Sharon Lee Miller, Director
Division of Academic and Technical Education

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