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

April 12, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

On April 17, 2018, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a report entitled, "First Look: Career and Technical Education Programs in Public School Districts, 2016-17." The report provides the results of a survey conducted of districts and offers nationally representative data on career and technical education (CTE) programs. Our office funded this survey with Perkins national activities dollars.

The survey defines a CTE program as a sequence of courses at the high school level that provides students with the academic and technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in current or emerging professions. For this survey, districts were instructed to include all CTE programs that the district offers to high school students, including programs provided by the district or by other entities (such as an area/regional CTE center, a consortium of districts, or a community or technical college).

The report provides information about the entities that provide the CTE programs and the locations at which the CTE programs are offered to high school students. It also presents data about work-based learning activities and employer involvement in CTE programs, as well as barriers to the district offering CTE programs and barriers to student participation in CTE programs. Data are also presented about the extent to which various factors influence the district’s decisions on whether to add or phase out CTE programs.

To share the key findings, we will be hosting a short Webinar on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Registration for the webinar is under PCRN Calendar and Quick Links – we hope you will be able to join us.

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

March 19, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

On behalf of the Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE), I am pleased to share word that President Trump has signed a proclamation to declare this week, March 18-24, 2018, as "Vocational-Technical Education Week." In this action, the Administration recognizes that "Across our great Nation, vocational-technical schools prepare Americans for careers in critical sectors of our economy, including manufacturing, construction, and technology fields. These industries are essential to our Nation's prosperity and security, as well as to our success in the competitive global marketplace."

During this week, the Administration is encouraging all of us to highlight the important role that vocational and technical education plays in lifting up our communities and putting millions of Americans on the road to success, as well as observing this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities designed to highlight the benefits of quality vocational-technical education.

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

February 5, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

Our office is pleased to announce the posting in the Federal Register of a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2018 for the Native American Career and Technical Education Program (NACTEP). NACTEP provides grants to improve career and technical education (CTE) program that are consistent with the purposes of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins) and that benefit Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

The link to the Federal Register Notice is available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/05/2018-02246/applications-for-new-awards-native-american-career-and-technical-education-program. A pdf of the notice is also available under Quick Links on this website. The deadline for the transmittal of applications is March 19, 2018.

Our office plans to host a webinar within the next two weeks for interested applicants. Stay tuned to the calendar of this website for further information and registration for the webinar.

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

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