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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 Assistant Secretary to Testify on Workforce Transition

Assistant Secretary Carol D'Amico is slated to testify at House FY '03 appropriations hearings based on the theme The High School and Transition into the Workforce April 25. Also testifying with her will be the Assistant Secretaries representing the Offices of Elementary and Secondary Education, Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, and Postsecondary Education as well as Education Research and Improvement. Following her appearance, Dr. D'Amico's testimony will be posted on our new website.

blue flag ARC Announces Winners of "Springboard" Entrepreneurship Awards

The entrepreneurial education programs of six learning institutions in Appalachia have been selected by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) as winners of its Appalachian Youth Entrepreneurship Education Springboard Award. ARC, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and the National Commission for Entrepreneurship, created this awards competition to recognize outstanding youth entrepreneurial education programs. The educators developing the winning programs are:

  • Donald Lawrimore, Walhalla High School, Walhalla, SC
  • June Holley, ACEnet, Athens, OH
  • Debra Conrad, Randolph County Vocational Technical Center in Elkins, WV
  • David Gander, Estill County High School, Irvine, KY
  • Bill Smith, Lonesome Pine Office on Youth, Big Stone Gap, VA, and
  • Jennifer Robieson, Tupelo Middle School, Tupelo, MS

Each award winner will receive a $2,000 grant award to support the on-going work of the school program.

The winning programs were selected according to the following criteria:

  • programs which demonstrate how students gain competency in four critical elements of entrepreneurship: opportunity recognition, idea generation, venture creation and operation, and creative thinking,
  • programs with clearly defined and measurable outcomes that provide value to the participants and to the local community, and
  • programs which are sustainable and can replicate themselves.

Targeted to rural areas, these programs often serve as a "springboard" for Appalachian residents to launch their own businesses, creating jobs in their communities and further diversifying and strengthening the Region's economy.

Created by the U.S. Congress, the Appalachian Regional Commission is a unique partnership between the federal government and the governors of the 13 Appalachian states designed to improve health, education and economic opportunities throughout the region.

For further information, contact: Louis S. Segesvary, ARC, 202-884-7771 or Duane J. DeBruyne, ARC, 202-884-7663.

blue flag PCRN Special Pops Event Scheduled

Improving data quality for special populations will be featured during March and April on the Peer Collaborative Resource Network (PCRN)!

Log-on to the network at: www.edcountability.net to participate in the discussion and access resources for improvement. Some of the events scheduled are:

  • March 25-May 1 - Discussion Forums
  • April 3 - Online Chat - 3:00 - 4:00 EST
  • April 19 - Peer Conference Call at 4:30 EST
  • May 1 - Wrap-up

For further information, contact John Haigh.

blue flagCommissioned Papers Available on Web

Assistant Secretary Carol D'Amico and the Office of Vocational and Adult Education want to share eight papers with you that are to be presented at Preparing America's Future: The High School Symposium on April 4, 2002, in Washington, DC. The papers generate innovative ideas and discussion that will lead to improvements in our nation's high schools to ensure that no child is left behind and to better meet the needs of the 21st century's economy. You can find the papers on the web. The career and technical education community may have special interest in The Role of Analysis, written by Kenneth Gray of Penn State University.

Blue flag State Accountability Information Available on Career and Technical Education (CTE) Webpage

If you know of an outstanding secondary or postsecondary program in CTE that should be recognized, now is the time to have school or program personnel apply for the 2002 nationwide awards program sponsored by the National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education. Applicants can register online at www.nccte.org. At the same site the criteria for selection and information on former exemplary program winners can be found.

Blue flag Calendar of Events

  • 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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