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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 bullet Split Allocation Guidance
In the May 24th newsletter, states were reminded that the FY 2002 Basic Vocational Education Grants to states will again be awarded in two separate installments. In the past, OVAE worked with other ED programs to develop memoranda to answer questions arising from such split allocations. This guidance, released on August 29, 2000, and on July 23, 2001, is still valid and may address concerns that arise as you begin to obligate new Perkins funding that becomes available on July 1, 2002. This guidance can be located in OVAE's website under the Program and Policy Guidance section of the Career and Technical Information portion of the website.

blue flag bullet Report Finds Vocational and Technical Track Record Poor on Gender Equity Issues
After thirty years, Title IX of the Education Amendments, which was designed to promote equality between females and males in all aspects of federally funded education programs, a report from the National Women's Law Center finds little progress in wiping out distinction between male and female career directions in the vocational and technical programs at the high school level. The report is Title IX and Equal Opportunity in Vocational and Technical Education: A Promise Still Owed to the Nation's Young Women and can be located (as a PDF document) at the National Women's Law Center.

blue flag bullet America's Career Resource Network
The Federal Register Notice concerning Fiscal Year 2002 America's Career Resource Network grants was published May 29, 2002. ACRN State Project Directors will be responding appropriately as soon as possible.

blue flag bullet Materials Available from Jacksonville Program Quality Institute
On May 13 and 14, 2002, OVAE sponsored a Program Quality Institute in Jacksonville, Florida for state and local Perkins administrators. The following materials are available:

  • selected sessions from the Institute are available on video from the National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education at www.nccte.org
  • The PowerPoint slide presentation, panel presentations, the guidebook (a five-step process that states and local administrators and educators can use for improving student performance), and a template for state improvement planning are available online.
  • The questions discussed at the Listening Session conducted by Hans Meeder, Deputy Assistant Secretary of OVAE, following the Jacksonville Program Quality Institute can also be found online, plus a message board for responses to these questions.

blue flag bullet Register Now for the Train-the-Trainer Institute in Atlanta, August 8-9, 2002
You can still register for the Train-the-Trainer Institute in Atlanta, August 8-9. You can easily access a draft agenda, Institute overview, registration, and logistical information at their website under "Upcoming Events." The registration fee for the Institute is $75.00. This lower registration fee may enable state trainers as well as representatives from secondary and postsecondary institutions to attend the Institute. Participants will get hands-on experience in applying the five-step Program Improvement Process introduced at the Jacksonville Program Quality Institute. The training and materials provided will enable participants to initiate program improvement efforts at the institutional and program levels.

blue flag bullet Did You Know?

  • Please visit the new online location for program memoranda, which provides guidance and other information issued by the Department related to the implementation of the Perkins Act.
  • 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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