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

February 2, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

On behalf of the Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE), happy CTE month! February marks the annual time that we reflect on the major accomplishments of CTE programs across the country and the remarkable outcomes they produce for the millions of students who participate each year!

This year's theme is "Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow." For our part, we will be taking to social media to tweet, blog, and otherwise acknowledge—and express our appreciation for—the national, State, and local leaders and practitioners who work so diligently each day to prepare our nation’s students for postsecondary education and in-demand careers. And, we look forward to continuing efforts to develop, build, and sustain high-quality CTE programs that prepare students for the 21st century global economy.

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

January 23, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

I am pleased to provide our office's requirements for each eligible agency to receive a program year twelve grant award, beginning July 1, 2018, under Title I of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV), 20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq., as amended by Public Law 109-270. We are issuing this guidance as we await a final appropriation from Congress for fiscal year (FY) 2018.

Please note that States that include Perkins as part of their WIOA Two-Year Plan Modifications Update must complete and certify their submissions by Thursday, March 15, 2018. All other States must complete and certify their submissions by Monday, April 23, 2018.

Online training sessions for State directors and their staffs regarding the Perkins State Plan submission process and WIOA State plan submission and portal usage processes for the upcoming year will be sent under separate cover and posted to the Calendar of the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network (PCRN) at http://cte.ed.gov/calendar/upcoming-events.

Please feel free to contact your Perkins Program Administration Liaison (PAL) or RAS if you have questions regarding your submission. A State-by-State listing of these staff members is available on the PCRN at http://cte.ed.gov/contact/staff-by-state-responsibility.

We look forward to continuing to work with you to improve career and technical education for young people and adults throughout our nation.

 

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

January 17, 2018 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

We hope you had a joyful and restful holiday season! We are looking forward to another productive new year in 2018 and moving forward our efforts to prepare all students for college and careers.

Thank you for your efforts to submit your Perkins Consolidated Annual Reports (CARs) covering FY 2016-17, the tenth program year under the Perkins IV legislation. We know many of you worked long and hard on these reports over the holidays and we greatly appreciate your efforts.

Earlier this week, the DATE team began reviewing the narrative information, financial status reports (FSRs), and accountability data contained in your CAR reports. As in years past, we are reviewing your reports in light of the following criteria:

  • Completeness of the report (i.e., whether you addressed all the required report elements).
  • Compliance with the Perkins IV legislation (i.e., whether you undertook activities that were consistent with the intent and provisions of Perkins IV).
  • Accuracy and completeness of accountability data (i.e., whether you met all requirements for annual performance reporting under Perkins IV).

If your State received an extension for one or more portions of your report, we will complete your State’s review once all your information is submitted to us.

As in years past, we expect to complete our reviews and issue outcome letters to you in mid-March. If you have any questions about the CAR review process, please feel free to contact Edward Smith or Denise Garland (edward.smith@ed.gov or denise.garland@ed.gov).

 

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

December 21, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

On behalf of the Division of Academic and Technical Education, please accept our best wishes for a joyous holiday and prosperous new year!

 

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

December 1, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

In case you have not seen this invitation yet, the College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS) at American Institutes for Research (AIR) is hosting the above-referenced Webinar on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 1:00–2:15 p.m. ET. Our office has helped to conceptualize and fund the resources that will be shared during the Webinar.

Please click here for a full description of the Webinar and to register for the event.

 

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

November 9, 2017 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues –

On behalf of the entire Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE), please accept our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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

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