Notes from the Director

Dear Colleagues —

I am pleased to share news that the Department has announced the 52nd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing their accomplishments in academic, the arts, and, for the first time, career and technical education.

Below is the list of the inaugural 20 CTE scholars by State, name, and high school. The full list of scholars is available on the Department’s Website at: The Department's Press Release about the scholars is found at:

The scholars will be recognized in a ceremony on June 19th in Washington, DC, with each honoree receiving a Presidential Scholar Medallion. We extend congratulations to each of these students for their incredible leadership, service, and accomplishments and wish them continued success in their future endeavors!


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

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List of 20 U. S. Presidential Scholars in CTE


AR - Jonesboro - [**] Jordan Lee, Nettleton High School


CT - Stamford - [**] Tanusri V Balla, Academy of Information Technology


GA - Roswell - [**] Jose L Espinel, Alan C. Pope High School


HI - Mililani - [**] Joseph A Fujinami, Mililani High School


IL - Cerro Gordo - [**] Sierra R Day, Cerro Gordo High School

IL - Chicago - [**] Madeline P Poole, Chicago HS Agricultural Science


MD - Fulton - [**] Meghna S Sreenivas, Reservoir High School

MD - Severna Park - [**] Norman Xiong, Severna Park Senior High School

MD - Woodstock - [**] Nicholas M Santangelo, Marriotts Ridge High School


MA - North Adams - [**] Samantha N Dorwin, Charles H Mccann Technical School


MI - Coldwater - [**] Mindy S Young, Coldwater Senior High School


NE - Lyons - [**] Brent R Miller, Lyons-Decatur Northeast School


NV - Las Vegas - [**] Mackenzie R Wooten, Northwest Career and Tech Academy

North Carolina

NC - Mount Olive - [**] Carter M Jones, Southern Wayne High School


TN - McMinnville - [**] Marlie A Montandon, Warren County High School


TX - Spring - [**] Mohammad H Rahim, Carl Wunsche Sr. High School


UT - Bountiful - [**] Makayla Hendricks, Bountiful High School


WA - Silverdale - [**] Madison Largey, Central Kitsap High School

WA - Sumner - [**] Alyssa M McGee, Sumner High School


WI - Cambridge - [**] Kendra L Spier, Cambridge Senior High School

Notes Archive

March 20, 2017
Recommendations for New National Research Center in CTE
February 15, 2017
Guidance for State Plan Submission
February 10, 2017
2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar list
January 24, 2017
Maximizing Federal Funds to Support STEM Educaation
January 18, 2017
Framework on Registered Apprenticeship (RA) for High School Students. 
January 11, 2017
New Skills for Youth Initiative
January 3, 2017
Happy New Year and CAR Update
December 8, 2016
CAR Deadline Reminder
December 5, 2016
Work-based learning for youth at risk: Getting employers on board
November 23, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving from DATE
October 21, 2016
Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) 108: Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs in Public School Districts
September 16, 2016
Consolidated Annual Report for Program Year 2015-2016 due December 31, 2016
August 25, 2016
Grand Prize Winner in the Reach Higher Career App Challenge is Announced
August 3, 2016
CSSO Presidential Scholars
July 26, 2016
Federal Register Notice
July 14, 2016
Department Issues July 1, 2016 Grant Awards
June 17, 2016
Guidance on Gender Equity in Career and Technical Education
May 23, 2016
Mapping Upward
May 18, 2016
The CTE Leaders Academy and Intensive Technical Assistance
May 11, 2016
Reach Higher App Challenge Finalists Announced
May 9, 2016
Continued Commitment to Career Pathways Systems Development
May 2, 2016
National Reentry Week
April 27, 2016
Performance Pilot Partnership (P3) Program
April 26, 2016
Dear Colleague Letter
April 22, 2016
Virtual Financial and Management Institute (VFMI)
March 9, 2016
CTE Makeover Challenge
March 7, 2016
WIOA State Plan Portal Release
February 24, 2016
WIOA Combined State Plans
February 5, 2016
Program memorandums for Perkins State Plans and Program Income released
February 1, 2016
2016 Presidential Scholars Program
January 7, 2016
Unified and Combined State Plans under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA
December 17, 2015
Holiday Note from the Director
December 9, 2015
Jobs in Transportation (National Virtual Forum)
November 25, 2015
Thanksgiving Holiday Message
October 22, 2015
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
October 7, 2015
Reach Higher Career App Challenge
October 1, 2015
Perkins Supplemental Grant Award; Nominations for U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education; and Data Quality Institute (DQI).
September 16, 2015
Customized Technical Assistance for Perkins IV Accountability Systems
September 1, 2015
Juvenile Justice (JJ) Reentry Education Program
August 10, 2015
Customer Satisfaction Survey
August 5, 2015
Nominations for 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
July 15, 2015
Data Quality Institute (DQI) to be held on November 4-5, 2015.
July 1, 2015
Happy New Year!
June 29, 2015
White House to host CTE Convening, Celebrating Innovations in Career and Technical Education, on June 30, 2015.
June 22, 2015
President Obama signs Executive Order to establish a U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education Program
June 19, 2015
Letter on summer learning from Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Deborah Delisle
June 4, 2015
Perkins IV Non-Regulatory Guidance Version 4.0 Compiled Q&A
April 7, 2015
Five notices of proposed rulemaking related to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
March 2, 2015
Making Skills Everyone's Business
February 2, 2015
February is CTE Month!
January 8, 2015
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for WIOA
December 3, 2014
Performance Pilot Partnership for Disconnected Youth Initiative
November 14, 2014
NCICTE Releases State Strategies for Financing Career and Technical Education
October 10, 2014
Intersection of Perkins and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
September 16, 2014
NACTE Final Report
August 1, 2014
Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity
July 1, 2014
Happy New Year!
June 18, 2014
President Obama Proclaims a National Day of Making
May 1, 2014
RFI on Adoption of Career Pathways Approaches
April 17, 2014
Advancing CTE in State and Local Career Pathways Systems
March 11, 2014
FY 2015 Federal Budget
February 5, 2014
Happy CTE Month!
January 1, 2014
Plans for the New Year

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