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.
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.
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.
In an effort to ensure that all students have access to a world-class education that prepares them for college and careers, the U.S. Department of Education, in collaboration with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has released a resource guide to help educators, school leaders, and community organizations better support undocumented youths in secondary and postsecondary schools. Those for whom the guide is intended also include Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
The guide includes resources aimed at high school and college students and includes:
an overview of the rights of undocumented students;
tips for educators on how to support undocumented youths in high school and college;
key information on non-citizen access to federal financial aid;
a list of private scholarships for which undocumented youths might be eligible;
information on federally funded adult education programs at the local level; and
guidance for migrant students in accessing their education records for DACA.
The aim of the guide is to help educators and school staff to support the academic success of undocumented youths and debunk misconceptions by clarifying the legal rights of undocumented students. The guide also shares information about financial aid options open to undocumented students, and supports youths applying for DACA consideration or renewal.
More information about resources for immigrants, refugees, asylees, and other new Americans can be found here.
This November, the administration will host the Next Gen High School Summit, a national conversation on transforming high schools to better serve all students. Read the full story here, and get involved by submitting your commitment to redesign high school.
Challenge to Redesign High Schools
To emphasize ways in which we can rethink how we provide a high school education to America’s students, we plan to highlight strong collaborations that have committed to engage in comprehensive high school redesign work through new or existing models. At the fall summit, we hope to announce your commitments to produce more next generation high schools in your communities, with a particular focus on those that will benefit low-income and under-represented students, along with commitments to action to ensure more students graduate with college-level coursework or college credit, as well as with career-related experiences or competencies.
This web form will provide us with a brief overview of your goals and commitments and a description of your action plan. This information may form the basis of public materials developed for this event. We encourage interested collaborations to also download the worksheet that will allow each collaboration to share more detail with us about your specific indicators, data, and strategies you are using as you develop these plans. Only 1 submission per collaboration needs to be submitted and campuses may submit additional materials (if desired) through the use of appendices, which should be submitted to email@example.com.
Please submit this form no later than COB Friday, October 30, 2015.
The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education is excited to launch the App Challenge in collaboration with the First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative.
We are eager to see the innovative solutions that developers, educators, and anyone interested in helping students map their futures, submit to the challenge and compete for a share of the $225,000 prize pool.
You can find all the information about the Reach Higher Career App Challenge on Challenge.gov and enter the challenge at ReachHigherChallenge.com.
You can also view the complete Federal Register Notice here.
On August 11, 2015, eighteen SkillsUSA members will attend the opening ceremony of the 43rd biennial World Skills Competition in São Paulo, Brazil. The Ceremony will take place from 6:00-8:30 p.m. EDT and will feature a grand Parade of Nations (composed of more than 50 participating countries and regions), and entertainment which highlights typical Brazilian cultural dances and more.
SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations and for further education. SkillsUSA is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) whose members are enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs representing multiple industry sectors. It is also a World Skills member organization, hence its participation in this week’s competition.
SkillsUSA World Team
The competition will last five days, and features 62 different WorldSkills Member countries and regions from around the globe, 1,150 Competitors competing in 50 different skills, and opportunities for all participants to learn and experiment with new skills while they are in Brazil.
This is the first WorldSkills Competition ever held in Latin America, and 200,000 spectators are expected to attend the event.
The Closing Ceremony, one of the most exciting moments of the event, will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. EDT, and will present to the public the winners of the Competition.
For more information and livestream links at which you may watch the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, please visit the links below.
Olivia Wood is a summer intern for the College and Career Transitions branch of the Division of Academic and Technical Education in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education.
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.