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Under Secretary Martha Kanter Visits OVAE
Martha Kanter, under secretary of education, visited OVAE on August 18. She met with adult education and vocational education staff for briefings about OVAE's activities, recent legislative developments and issues in these areas pertaining to the Department. Kanter is the first community college leader to serve in the under secretary position.
South Carolina Creates College Transition Partnership
South Carolina recently created an initiative to increase connections between high school courses and entry-level college courses. The South Carolina Course Alignment Project (SCCAP) is a joint effort of the South Carolina Department of Education, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the South Carolina Technical College System. SCCAP is examining the sequence and scope of high school exit courses in English, mathematics and science in relation to entry-level college courses in those disciplines. The goal is to improve students' transitions to postsecondary education. The Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC), the project's facilitator, has worked in conjunction with South Carolina educators to develop college readiness standards.
State Policies Can Help Students Go Beyond Developmental Ed.
A state's placement-assessment policies can make the difference for students in developmental education. Jobs for the Future's (JFF) Setting Up Success in Developmental Education highlights ways 15 states approached improving outcomes for students who test into developmental education. The states are participants in JFF's national initiative Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count. They are Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, and Virginia.
Rogers Named Florida's StateProgram Director
The Florida Department of Education (FDE) recently appointed Zelda Rogers as its state program director of adult education. Rogers has worked for FDE for more than 25 years. She has extensive experience in guidance and career counseling, career development, labor market information, and secondary and postsecondary education planning and transition.
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