February 24, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

I am pleased to share word that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reviewed and approved the data collection, "Required Elements for Submission of the Unified or Combined State Plan and Plan Modifications" under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act," 2/18/2016, OMB Control Number 1205-0522. States must use this Information Collection Request (ICR) for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified and Combined State Plans Requirements. This document, along with the supporting statement, is available in the WIOA Policy Guidance page as well as on DOL's WIOA Website at: https://doleta.gov/wioa/.

For States that plan to include Perkins in a WIOA Combined State Plan, please pay particular attention to the Program-Specific Requirements for Combined State Plan Partner Programs, beginning on page 45. You will note that the Perkins-specific plan elements are the same as those contained in our current Perkins State Plan Guidance, OMB Control Number 1803-0029. This is because you are still required to meet the Perkins program-specific requirements even if you include Perkins in a WIOA Combined State Plan. Please see the February 5, 2016, program memorandum from Deputy Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin providing guidance for the submission of Perkins State plan revisions, budgets, and performance levels for the upcoming FY 2016 (program year ten), beginning July 1, 2016. This memo is available under Quick Links on the Home Page of the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network (PCRN) at http://cte.ed.gov.

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

February 05, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

We are pleased to issue two documents today! First, is a program memorandum (PDF, 460 KB) for the submission of State plan revisions, budgets, and performance levels for Program Year (PY) 2016 grant awards (year ten), beginning July 1, 2016. Please review the guidance carefully as it addresses submission requirements if a State chooses to include Perkins in a WIOA Combined State Plan.

Second, is a program memorandum (PDF, 970 KB) that provides clarification on and approval for the use of program income by States and local grantees pursuant to the newly-released Uniform Guidance.

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

feb 01, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

The Department has announced and posted the candidates for the 2016 Presidential Scholars Program. The list includes the 236 nominees for the 2016 inaugural class of Presidential Scholars in CTE. We ask that you disseminate this list and take any necessary steps to ensure that these individuals submit their applications by the February 25 deadline. Finalists will be announced in early May and winners will be invited to participate in formal recognition ceremonies from June 19-21 in Washington, DC.

I am pleased to announce that the Department has announced and posted the candidates the for 2016 Presidential Scholars Program. The list includes the 236 nominees for the 2016 inaugural class of Presidential Scholars in CTE. We ask that you disseminate this list and take any necessary steps to ensure that these individuals submit their applications by the February 25 deadline. Finalists will be announced in early May and winners will be invited to participate in formal recognition ceremonies from June 19-21 in Washington, DC.

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

January 7, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

The Department of Labor, in coordination with the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development, is soliciting comments concerning a collection of data that will be used for Unified and Combined State Plans under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The WIOA Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements is a consolidated information collection that would implement sections 102 and 103 of WIOA (P.L. 113-128). WIOA requires that, no later than March 3, 2016, each State, at a minimum, submit a Unified State Plan as a condition of receiving funds for core programs subject to the Unified State Plan requirements. In the alternative, States may submit a Combined State Plan as a condition of receiving funds under certain named programs subject to the Combined State Plan provisions. See 29 U.S.C. §§ 3112 and 3113.. The Unified or Combined State Plan requirements are designed to improve service integration and ensure that the publicly-funded workforce system provides a range of employment, education, training, and related services and supports to help all jobseekers secure good jobs while providing businesses with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. To that end, the Unified or Combined State Plan would describe how the State will develop and implement a unified, integrated service delivery system rather than discuss the State’s approach to operating each program individually.

As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, we are seeking comment through January 22, 2016 on the proposed WIOA State Plan information collection request (ICR). A copy of the Federal Register Notice for this collection, proposed ICR and supplement, and supporting statement may be accessed at www.doleta.gov/wioa or directly at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201512-
1205-001
. The Departments published an earlier version of this ICR for a 60-day comment period that closed on October 5, 2015. The Departments responded to comments received during the 60-day comment period and are re-publishing the ICR for a final 30-day comment period as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. This comment period is open for 30 days and closes on January 22, 2016. Any comments not received through the process outlined in the Federal Register will not be considered.

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

December 17, 2015 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

On behalf of the entire Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE), please accept our warm wishes for a joyful and restful holiday!

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

December 9, 2015 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

On behalf of the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Education, and Labor, we are pleased to invite representatives from the transportation industry, workforce boards and job centers, community colleges, technical education initiatives, apprenticeship programs, and others to join a National Virtual Forum entitled “Jobs in Transportation: Aligning Skills Training with Job Demand.” The forum will be held on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, from 1:00-2:30 pm (EST). During the forum, participants will discuss strategies to align skills training with transportation job demand, as well as learn about new tools and resources available to help advance transportation career pathways at the state and local levels. Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible (see the Calendar event on the PCRN homepage).

Also, we remind you of the approaching December 31, 2015, deadline for submission of your State’s Consolidated Annual Report (CAR). If you have any questions about your submission, please contact your Regional Accountability Specialist (RAS) or Sharon Head at Sharon.Head@ed.gov.

Happy Holidays—
Sharon Lee Miller
Director, Division of Academic and Technical Education

November 25, 2015 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

On behalf of the Division of Academic and Technical Education, please accept our best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving! We hope you enjoy a restful and joyful holiday with your family and friends!

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

October 22, 2015 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

Today, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education Johan Uvin, issued a letter of clarification and encouragement (PDF, 1.03 MB) to further assist you in preparing for a timely and robust implementation of Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Pub. L. 113-128 (WIOA) and to clarify the participation of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, Pub. L. 109-270 (Perkins IV) in combined state planning efforts.

In his letter, Johan indicates that it has been great to receive informal reports and reactions on social media that show that most of you are involved in your states with developing comprehensive talent development strategies as part of unified or combined state planning efforts.  To this end, Johan provides steps that individual partners, as well as partners together, can take now to develop combined plans that include Perkins.

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

October 07, 2015 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

Today, the U.S. Department of Education launched the Reach Higher Career App Challenge (RHCAC or Challenge) to promote the development of mobile solutions that will help students navigate education and career options, while increasing the capacity of career counselors to assist students in planning for their futures. This Challenge supports First Lady Michele Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by pursuing their education beyond high school.

The Challenge calls upon educators, mobile application (app) developers, and other interested individuals to submit their concepts for mobile apps that:  (1) are focused on middle and high school students, (2) include integrated tools to assess user skills and interests, and (3) offer users accessible information on occupations, education options, credentials, and career-seeking skills through an individualized user experience.  The challenge carries a cash prize pool of $225,000 and over $240,000 in additional prizes.

The Federal Register notice, which includes the complete Challenge rules, is provided here. Submissions are due on or before December 7, 2015.  

Please share this information with your schools and networks to generate as much interest in and as many entries as possible.

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

October 01, 2015 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

Today your State should have received its October 1, 2015, Perkins supplemental grant award for Program Year 2015-16, which began on July 1, 2015.  If you have any questions about this supplemental award, please contact Edward Smith, Chief of our Program Administration Branch, at Edward.Smith@ed.gov or 202-245-7602.

We also want to remind you about the upcoming October 15 deadline for States to submit nominations for the 2016 (inaugural) class of U. S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.  Information and resources for the nomination process are available at http://cte.ed.gov/initiatives/cte-scholars.  Also, please contact me directly if you need further assistance at Sharon.Miller@ed.gov or 202-245-7846.

Finally, we hope you have registered and are getting geared up for a productive and exciting Data Quality Institute (DQI) on November 4-5, in Linthicum, MD (just outside of Baltimore).  For further information, please visit our registration page at http://cte.ed.gov/cal/data-quality-institute.  We look forward to seeing you next month!

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

 

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