Thursday Notes -- July 2, 2009
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Senate Confirms ED's Martha Kanter And DOL's Jane Oates

The Senate has confirmed the president's nominations of both Martha Kanter as the under secretary of education at the Department and Jane Oates as assistant secretary of labor in the Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA). Kanter served as chancellor of California's Foothill-De Anza Community College District, one of the most prominent community college districts in the nation. It serves more than 44,000 students and has a total budget of approximately $400 million. Oates was the executive director of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and senior policy adviser to Gov. Jon S. Corzine. She is a former senior staff member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions.

OVAE, NIFL Host Meeting to Plan Investment of Funds

OVAE and the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) will host state directors of adult education, representatives of national organizations, researchers, and practitioners for a discussion of national activities to advance the field of adult education. The July 7–8 meeting will help OVAE and NIFL plan and coordinate investments of national funds from the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act.

Missouri Doubles GED Test Dates to Meet Needs Of Displaced Workers

Rising demand among displaced workers for high school credentials spurred Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to double the number of GED testing dates at its Jefferson City office through May. "People who have recently lost jobs are highly motivated. They are competing for jobs, and they realize they must have at least a GED or high school diploma," said Ron Jewell, director of the state's adult education and literacy (AEL) program. Jewell oversees 44 local AEL sites in Missouri that offer free services supported in part with federal adult education funds to help eligible individuals prepare to take the GED exam.

Virginia Business Council Invests to Boost College Graduation Rates

The Virginia Business Higher Education Council recently launched Grow By Degrees, a 10-year program of investments designed to award 70,000 more two- and four-year college degrees by 2020, increasing the percentage of working-age Virginians with college degrees from 42 to 50 percent. Additional degrees would focus on high-income, high-demand sectors such as science and technology that are part of a long-term recovery for Virginia's economy. The Grow by Degrees coalition is made up of business, community, education, and economic development leaders and organizations statewide.

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