Eleven CTE programs were selected for 2016 “Excellence in Action” awards by Advance CTE, a national association of state CTE directors. The awards are intended to highlight high quality Career Cluster-based programs of study that have a meaningful impact on student achievement and success. More information about the award program and its winners can be found on the Advance CTE website.
Congratulations to the eleven CTE programs receiving awards:
Tulare Join Union High School District Farm
Agriculture Education, California
Advanced Technologies Academy
Architectural Design, Nevada
Vista PEAK Preparatory
Business Education, Colorado
Peoria Unified School District
Early Childhood Education, Arizona
Hamburg High School
Academy of Finance, New York
Waubonsee Community College
Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic, Illinois
Des Moines Independent School District
Central Campus Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management Academy, Iowa
Southwest High School
Computer Maintenance Technology & IT Certification Program, Texas
Carl Wunsche Sr. High School
Legal Studies, Texas
Desert View High School
Precision Machining and Mechanical Drafting, Arizona
Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Career-Tech Center
Manufacturing Technology Academy, Michigan
The National Week of Making is quickly approaching! We are less than one month away from the June 17th kick-off! There are plenty of ways you can get involved.
Learn about the National Week of Making
Webinars are being held to provide information about the National Week of Making. The next webinar is being held on Thursday, May 19, at 12:00 pm Eastern Time. If you are not able to make that session, there will be an additional webinar next week. Registration links are provided below:
Let the White House know what new actions, commitments, or other activities you or your organization might be considering by going to the Nation of Makers website and submitting your information on the “What are you making?” form.
Nominate a Champion of Change
If you know someone who has had a significant impact on moving Making forward, you can nominate them as a Champion of Change. As part of the National Week of Making, the White House will be sharing stories of the countless leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and educators who work daily within their local communities across the country. The Administration wants your help to identify Champions of Change who are working to make advances in technology, platforms, educational opportunities, or spaces that empower even more Americans to become tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs.
OCTAE launched the CTE Makeover Challenge to encourage more makerspaces in high schools. Contact your local high school to see if they were one of the more than 600 schools that entered the Challenge. You can learn more information about the Challenge at CTEMakeoverChallenge.com. The CTE Makeover Bootcamp phase of the Challenge will be concluding on May 22 when schools will submit Blueprints for their makerspaces. Stay tuned on #CTEMakeover.
We are looking forward to the National Week of Making and invite you to join forces with us from June 17th through the 23rd and get involved in your local community. Here are a few ways folks in the maker community are already active:
Posting photos using #NationOfMakers to show your latest creation and share news about your events.
Organizing an event and/or hosting an open house at your local school, library, rec center, makerspace or set up a hangout online to connect and share your inventions with Makers across the country. Some have posted their events on a community website such as weekofmaking.org
Volunteering to be a mentor for someone who is interested in learning a new skill or find a mentor who would be interested in teaching a new skill you’ve been wanting to learn for a while.
Organizing a maker roundtable, maker town hall, or maker tour to convene thought leaders and decision makers in your community. (See what was done in Cleveland.)
Your brilliant idea here!
More information about the National Week of Making, National Maker Faire, and Making can be found on the following websites, and share your thoughts and ideas using the following hashtags.
A new funding opportunity was announced by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) to establish state or regional consortia to identify cybersecurity workforce development pathways that address local workforce needs. The goal of these Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development awards is to enhance and create partnerships of employers, schools, and community organizations that focus on cybersecurity skill shortages within a local or regional economy. The program provides an opportunity for secondary and postsecondary educational institutions to help meet the growing need for cybersecurity professionals.
The program supports the President’s job-driven Ready to Work Initiative and focuses on the critical national need to build a high quality cybersecurity workforce.
A webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to provide general information regarding this opportunity, offer general guidance on preparing applications, and answer questions. The grant is being funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
(all times Eastern Time) Application Open Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2106 Informational Webinar: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 11:00 a.m. Application Deadline:Tuesday, July 12, 2016, by 11:59 p.m.
In a historic moment for our nation’s career and technical education (CTE) community, Secretary of Education, John B. King issued a press release yesterday to announce the 52nd class of U. S. Presidential Scholars, including an inaugural 20 students in CTE.
The inaugural CTE students are:
Tanusri V. Balla, Academy of Information Technology, Stamford, Connecticut
Sierra R. Day, Cerro Gordo High School, Cerro Gordo, Illinois
Samantha N. Dorwin, Charles H. McCann Technical School, North Adams, Massachusetts
Jose L. Espinel, Alan C. Pope High School, Roswell, Georgia
Joseph A. Fujinami, Mililani High School, Mililani, Hawaii
Makayla Hendricks, Bountiful High School, Bountiful, Utah
Carter M. Jones, Southern Wayne High School, Mount Olive, North Carolina
Madison Largey, Central Kitsap High School, Silverdale, Washington
Jordan Lee, Nettleton High School, Jonesboro, Arkansas
Alyssa M. McGee, Sumner High School, Sumner, Washington
Brent R. Miller, Lyons-Decatur Northeast School, Lyons, Nebraska
Marlie A. Montandon, Warren County High School, McMinnville, Tennessee
Madeline P. Poole, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Chicago, Illinois
Mohammad H. Rahim, Carl Wunsche Sr. High School, Spring, Texas
Nicholas M. Santangelo, Marriotts Ridge High School, Woodstock, Maryland
Kendra L. Spier, Cambridge Senior High School, Cambridge, Wisconsin
Meghna S. Sreenivas, Reservoir High School, Fulton, Maryland
Mackenzie R. Wooten, Northwest Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas, Nevada
Norman Xiong, Severna Park Senior High School, Severna Park, Maryland
Mindy S. Young, Coldwater Senior High School, Coldwater, Michigan
The Presidential Scholars program was established in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to honor high school seniors for their academic success, leadership, and service to school and community. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students in the visual, creative, and performing arts.
Having the White House recognize that CTE students are performing at a level worthy of recognition as U. S. Presidential Scholars is a testament to the commitment to quality and rigor of CTE programs being delivered by teachers, administrators, business and industry leaders, and other key stakeholders all across the country.
—Johan E. Uvin, Deputy Assistant Secretary, OCTAE
In 2015, the White House announced that students in Career and Technical Education would also be recognized for this esteemed honor. Students were selected through a rigorous process that began with open nominations. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars reviewed the applications and selected the students who demonstrated the highest level of accomplishment and commitment to their education.
The 20 U. S. Presidential Scholars in CTE will be honored alongside the other 140 members of the 52nd class of scholars in a ceremony on June 19, 2016, in Washington, DC. During the ceremony, each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.
We extend our congratulations to each of these students and wish them all the best for future success.
Technical Assistance will be available to community colleges under a new initiative launched by OCTAE. “Mapping Upward” will provide technical assistance to five networks of community and/or technical colleges as they work to embed stackable, industry-recognized credentials within technical associate degree programs.
A webinar is being held May 3 to provide more information on the project and its goals.
Each of the five networks of colleges will consist of two to four community colleges that will develop action plans specific to the workforce needs of their communities while benefiting from the sector-focused peer learning community of the network.
The five teams will be selected through an application process that closes on May 18. The selected teams will participate in an institute in July and will receive customized assistance from subject matter experts and a dedicated coach who will guide their network through needs assessments, goal setting, and action planning. Over a year, the colleges will gain insights into stackable credential design, employer engagement, the alignment of industry certifications, faculty collaboration, awarding of credit, and credit transfer agreements.
Robin Utz serves as the chief for the College and Career Transitions branch in the Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE) for Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the US Department of Education.
Talie Cloud, from Sanger, California and Mikayla Ockels from Sussex, Delaware, exhibited their projects at the sixth annual White House Science Fair held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. The science fair celebrated the accomplishments of students from throughout the country in a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
Talie Cloud – Momordica Charantia as an Insecticide
Talie Cloud exhibited her award winning agriscience project at the 2016 White House Science Fair
Talie, 15, is a member of the Sanger FFA Chapter and won first place in her category and division at the 2015 National FFA Agriscience Fair, an annual competition sponsored by Cargill, John Deere and Syngenta during the National FFA Convention & Expo. The FFA Agriscience Fair features the research and results of FFA members who plan on pursuing careers in the science and technology of agriculture.
Her project explored the effects of Momordica charantia, or bitter melon seed, on the reproductive rate of Drosophila melanogaster after four generations of exposure. The purpose of the project was to determine whether the bitter melon seed could be used as a potential organic insecticide.
Her findings determined that with more investigation on the chemical makeup, ideal concentration mixture, environmental impact and application method, Momordica charantia would be a cost-efficient and effective agricultural insecticide that acts upon the reproduction of the pest, rather than the mortality rate.
Talie is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) student in agriculture, food and natural resources and was invited to exhibit at the White House Science Fair which was the last science fair to be held during President Barack Obama’s administration.
Mikayla Ockels – Feed to Egg Conversion Rate
Mikayla Ockels exhibited her award winning biotech science project at the 2016 White House Science Fair
Mikayla, from Sussex Central High School in Delaware, presented her project, “The Feed to Egg Conversion Rate of Heritage Hens.” This project studied which breed of heritage hen had the optimal feed-to-egg conversion rate in a pasture raised environment. Feed to egg conversion rate is the amount of feed it takes for a hen to lay a single egg. Mikayla studied heritage breeds, as these are the breeds that are the hardiest and can thrive in an outdoor environment. Her pasture raised egg business requires heritage breeds, as pasture raised means that the birds are let outside every day to roam freely. This project won awards at the state and regional levels, including the state BioGENEius competition. Mikayla also participated in the National FFA Agriscience fair in 2013 and 2014.
There is one week left for schools to enter the CTE Makeover Challenge and compete for a share of the $200,000 cash prize pool and additional in-kind prizes! The Challenge was launched on March 9, 2016 and calls on high schools to design makerspaces that strengthen next-generation career and technical skills.
Schools can join the Challenge by visiting CTEMakeoverChallenge.com and completing a short submission form. The Challenge website also contains more information about the Challenge as well as complete rules, terms, and conditions.
Career and technical education (CTE) has changed a lot from the “old vocational education” that many of us know from our school days. For the better part of this century, States and local communities have worked steadily to build high-quality CTE programs that are academically rigorous and aligned with labor market demands. The whole idea of the artificial separation between academic and technical pathways is passé. Most professions and careers in the 2016 and future economies require strong academic foundation skills, considerable technical knowledge and skills, and well-developed employability skills and attributes. There is nothing about CTE today that is not rigorous, relevant, and worth it.
Innovative Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Partnerships, a webinar on effective teaching strategies, is scheduled for February 24, 2016. The 90-minute webinar is being hosted by the Southwest Transportation Workforce Center (SWTWC), which is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The webinar is being held from 3:30pm to 5:00pm Eastern Time (12:30pm to 2:00pm Pacific Time) and will feature teachers, administrators, and industry partners who will discuss innovative education programs and teaching models for grades 6 through 12. The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) is co-hosting the event.
On December 10, 2015 the U.S. Department of Education announced the release of the 2016 National Education Technology Plan and new Future Ready commitments to support personalized professional learning for district leaders and educators working to improve teaching and student learning through the effective use of technology. As educators, advocates, parents, and policymakers, we must work to ensure equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology and personalized professional learning opportunities for educators and district leaders. The 2016 National Education Technology Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education, articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible.
The plan recognizes the role that informal learning spaces play in closing the digital use divide and achieving equity, including spaces such as libraries, maker spaces, museums, clubs, workplaces, adult education programs, national parks, and online learning environments such as games, simulations, and educational apps.
OCTAE celebrates the 2016 Plan and the added energy it brings to our ongoing priorities, including:
The LINCS Learner Center, making high-quality learning opportunities available on demand for adult earners