In Memorium – Bill Bivens
With the death of Bill Bivens on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2012, OVAE and all friends of adult education lost a knowledgeable, kind, and dedicated public servant—with a wickedly droll sense of humor. Bill was the go-to guy for all things technical related to the National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS). He joined OVAE in 2005, shortly after the online NRS System was launched. Bill continued to develop and expand the system, becoming a most helpful friend to state-based data experts throughout the country.
Bill’s knowledge of data analysis and technical possibility was honed through his work with the Bureau of the Census. He was able to share his knowledge of the many Census sites and studies that were useful to the field of adult education. Much of Bill’s long career had links to his rural West Texas roots. He was an expert in rural government, economics, and resource delivery, and used his skills in working with the Farmers Home Administration, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the National Governors’ Association, where he was the senior policy fellow for rural affairs.
We will greatly miss Bill’s helpful suggestions, his wealth of knowledge, his absolute commitment to adult education as an opportunity for students to expand their skills, and as a crucial partner in our country’s economic stability and growth.
New National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education
OVAE awarded a three-year contract to RTI International (RTI), an established and respected research institution, to administer the new National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education (NCICTE or the Center). RTI, located in Research Triangle Park, N.C., will serve as the prime contractor and administrative leader of the Center. The team members are MPR Associates; Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce; ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career; FHI 360; Laurium Evaluation Group; Coverent; Workforce Enterprise Systems; Mercury Labs; IT-CNP; and Windwalker Corporation. The supporting partners are Association of Community Colleges; Association for Career and Technical Education; National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium; and Career Academy Support Network
The NCICTE is authorized by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Act to conduct research, dissemination, and professional development and training activities. Based on the comments and suggestions received from states, professional CTE organizations and other stakeholders on the secretary’s priorities for CTE, and on current knowledge of research regarding CTE, the Center will focus on four areas identified as research and evaluation priorities of the highest national concern: programs of study/career pathways; curriculum integration; technology enabled-learning; and professional development. The Center will also conduct secondary analyses on critical issues in CTE that address one or more of the four priorities areas. Additionally, the Center will conduct training and disseminate information on an upcoming information clearinghouse website, and through social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest. More information on these research studies and training and dissemination tasks will be published as they become available in future OVAE Connection issues. Department of Education contact: Carolyn S. Lee, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carol Norris is congratulated by Secretary Arne Duncan at the Aug. 7 OVAE all-hands meeting for her critical role in disseminating OVAE Connection.