Grace Solares, exchanges greetings and information with Dr. Jack Xiaogang Zhang, & Ms. Yan Shi from the Chinese Delegation
I recently had an opportunity to meet with a delegation of CTE providers, and university and employer representatives from China. Upon returning to China from the Association for Career and Technical Education’s (ACTE) CareerTech VISION 2014 Conference in Nashville, Tenn., the delegation stopped by our Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) to learn more about the career and technical education system in the United States. OCTAE’s Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Mitsui, and OCTAE staff, Grace Solares and Margaret Romer, provided the delegates with an overview of our CTE system, as well as, the Department of Education’s priorities for CTE reform.
We had an engaging exchange about how both countries ensure quality and relevance in their CTE programs and different approaches to measuring skill attainment. After this conversation, and having never traveled to Harbin City of the Heilongjiang Province in China, I have since added this city as a vacation destination- the hometown of our new friends.
Dr. Jack Xiaogang Zhang, Ms. Yan Shi, Miss Li Yu, Mr. Yunbo Li, Mr. Fuquan Li, Mr. Fubo Li, Mr. Zhen Wang stopped by our Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) to learn more about the US career and technical education system on their return travel to China from ACTE’s CareerTech VISION Conference. OCTAE staff, Grace Solares and Robin Utz, gathered with our visitors for a photo.