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A Weekly Fact Sheet on Vocational and Technical Education Issues

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Edited by Ellen Kelly-Holland

Blue flag March Telephone Conference Calls to States

The March conference calls to states on the topics of incentive grants, teacher certification, Perkins reauthorization and an update on the Program Quality Initiative Institute were completed this week. Topics of interest to States were:

  • the defining of the bundling process used to determine states' eligibility for incentive grants awarded to States by the U.S. Department of Labor under the Workforce Investment Act,
  • the opportunity to begin a candid discussion of the current reauthorization process for future legislation, and
  • the implications of the term "Highly Qualified Teacher" found in the new Elementary and Secondary Education law, No Child Left Behind.

Participants agreed that the discussions on all three topics were of interest and should be continued in future conference calls. States are also interested in the current state teacher certification policies and processes now being implemented.

The conference calls are conducted every other month on the Monday and Wednesday of the first and second week of the month. The next calls are scheduled for April 30, May 2, May 7 and May 9. If for any reason a member of the State Office is not available to participate in the calls on a particular day, the State Director should contact the State liaison and reschedule the date of their participation.

Blue flag Tech Prep Demonstration Grant Awards

The Office of Vocational and Adult Education has awarded nine grants under the Tech Prep Demonstration Program authorized by section 207 of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act. The program supports the implementation of tech prep education programs that involve the location of a high school on the site of a community college. Each of the funded projects will provide high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school, in some cases as much as a full year of credit toward an associate degree. All of the grantees will implement evaluations that use a quasi-experimental research design, comparing the academic and other outcomes of participants with those of other students with similar pre-program characteristics. Congress allocated five million dollars to the program. Grant recipients are from the following states: California, Florida, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin. Information about each project will be available on the OVAE website soon.

The following nine applicants were selected for funding:

  • Ventura County Community College District (Moorpark College), Moorpark, CA was awarded a 3-year grant of $566,111.
  • Florida Community College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL was awarded a 3-year grant of $485,519.
  • Polk Community College, Winter Haven, FL was awarded a 3-year grant of $500,000.
  • Anoka Hennepin Independent School District #1, Coon Rapids, MN was awarded a 3-year grant of $569,453.
  • State Fair Community College, Sedalia, Missouri received a year grant of $535,918.
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, PA 18078 received a 3-year grant of $573,600.
  • Nashville State Technical Institute, Nashville, TN 37209 received a 3-year grant of $574,589.
  • Community Colleges of Spokane, Spokane, WA 99217-6000 received a 3-year grant of $573,448.
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701-6162 received a 3-year grant of $561,880.

Blue flag Calendar of Events

  • ACRN Spring Meeting, March 19-22, Alexandria, VA
  • Program Quality Initiative Institute, May 13-14, 2002, Jacksonville, FL
  • Train-the-Trainer Institute, August 8-9, 2002, Atlanta, GA

Blue flag Did You Know?

  • All guidance and other information issued by the Department related to the implementation of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-332) is being posted on a regular basis.
  • In an effort to keep our office informed about any changes in contact information, title changes, address changes, email changes or telephone numbers, please submit your changes to Carole Gisriel.

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