March 09, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

I am delighted to share word that today, March 9, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) announced in the Federal Register its Career and Technical Education (CTE) Makeover Challenge (the Challenge), a prize competition funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV or Act). See the link to the Federal Register Notice below. The Challenge calls upon eligible high schools to design models of makerspaces--across a wide range of facility types, such as classrooms, libraries, and mobile spaces--that strengthen student's career and technical skills through making. Applications are due by April 1, 2016.

Please widely share this announcement with your colleagues and eligible schools.

CTE Makeover Challenge Federal Register Notice

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

March 07, 2016 Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

I am pleased to pass along three announcements that were made on March 3, 2016, pursuant to WIOA State Plans:

  1. The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration has issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter 14-15 which provides: the vision and content requirements for Unified and Combined State Plans under WIOA; the deadline and submission process for Unified and Combined Plans under WIOA; the requirements to have approved Unified or Combined State Plans in place for Program Year 2016 and beyond for the core programs of WIOA; and the options for States to incorporate all or portions of partner programs into their State plan submissions if they choose to submit a Combined State Plan.
  2. The Department, together with the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development have also announced the opening of the portal for States to post their unified or combined WIOA Plan.
  3. The Departments have prepared a series of short training modules for the States, including an overview of planning requirements, "how to use the portal," the benefits of the online submission portal, and a description of the Federal review period and process.

Shortly, you will receive further guidance from our office on accessing the WIOA portal if your State plans to submit Perkins as part of a WIOA Combined State Plan.

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

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

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