OCTAE Connection

OCTAE Connection is a weekly electronic newsletter published by the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education to provide information to state officials involved in adult education, career and technical education (CTE), and community colleges, as well as to practitioners, researchers, education groups and others interested in community colleges, CTE, and adult education. For questions, please contact Carol Norris. Subscribe to OCTAE Connections. .


  • April 26, 2017 Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, DeVos Visits Valencia Community College, Reentry Week, OER Webinar, and more.
  • March 23, 2017 Sec. DeVos Attends Signing of Bills Encouraging Women to Join STEM Professions, WIOA Resource for Serving Individuals with Disabilities, HBO Documentary Features OCTAE Reentry Education Grantee, The Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment 2017 Conference, The Strengthening Institutions Program is Now Open
  • March 1, 2017 Confirmation of Secretary of Education, Digital Learning Opportunities for Underserved Adults, Education and Workforce Cross-System Partnership Opportunity for Youths, Searchable Database for WIOA
  • January 19, 2017 Acting Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin’s Reflections on 2009–2017


  • December 5, 2016 U.S. Energy and Employment Report Briefing for the Nation’s Community Colleges
  • November 17, 2016 Advancing Equity Symposium, State Strategies to Scale Quality Work-Based Learning, Sustainability Toolkit,, U.S. PIAAC Survey of Incarcerated Adults
  • October 20, 2016 Advancing Equity Symposium, Ability to Benefit Provisions, CLASP Public Forum, Pathways to Effective Reentry, SNAP Food and Nutrition Service, Efficacy of Selective Tracking of High-Achieving Minority Students
  • October 4, 2016 National Advancing Equity in Adult, Community College, and Career and Technical Education Symposium
  • September 14, 2016 New Loan Counseling Experimental Sites Initiative Announced for Postsecondary Institutions
  • August 25, 2016 Advancing Equity Symposium, Learning Landscape, JFF: Work-Based Learning; ED: Nondegree Credentials in Correctional Education, and Manufacturing Day
  • July 21, 2016 CCR: First-Generation College Students, Accelerating Opportunity Initiative Report, Model Immigrant Skill-Building Programs, MSI Convening, SNAP to Skills, FTC: Fotonovelas
  • June 30, 2016 WIOA Final Rules; Gender Equity in CTE; College Prep for All; and New Foster Care Transition Tool Kit
  • June 2, 2016 America's Promise, My Brother's Keeper, APA Month, and Beyond the Box
  • May 10, 2016 MSI Convening, Stackable Credentials, Interstate Passports, and more...
  • Flash Edition: April 8, 2016 Success of Skilled Immigrants Webinar
  • April 1, 2016 CTE Makeover Challenge and Underprepared Community College Students
  • March 3, 2016 CTE Month—Community Colleges; Reentry Education Framework Report
  • Flash Edition February 17, 2016 CTE and Adult Education Initiatives — FY 2017 Budget
  • February 9, 2016 SOTU Affordable Higher Education; 2016 Omnibus Spending Bill: Increased Funding for Education and Training Programs; FSA Experimental Sites Applications


  • December 20, 2015 Improved Reentry Education Grantee Conference, ED's Dual-Enrollment Experiment, ACT Releases New STEM College Readiness Benchmark
  • Flash Edition: December 9, 2015 Grants to MSIs Made Easier Changes to the Process for Determining Eligibility
  • December 3, 2015 OCTAE/MSI November Convening
  • Flash Edition: November 30, 2015 $100 Million Announced for TechHire Partnership Grants
  • November 13, 2015 Supporting Student Success at Minority-Serving Community Colleges, Excellence in Action, Training and Career Pathways in Transportation Industry, Low-Income Parents’ Participation in Education and Training
  • October 23, 2015 Ability to Benefit webinar, CP Exchange Anniversary, Oct is National Youth Justice Awareness Month, DACA Youth Guidance, National Apprenticeship Week
  • October 8, 2015 Note to Umpqua Community College and North Seattle College, First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Howard Community College, DOL New Job Corps RFP
  • September 25, 2015 Easier FAFSA, JFF Report on Education and Employment Strategies for People Transitioning From Correctional Facilities
  • Flash Edition: September 22, 2015 LINCS Learner Center
  • Flash Edition: September 16, 2015 America’s College Promise and 6th Annual Bus Tour
  • September 4, 2015 JJ Reentry CTE Program and Occupational Licensing
  • August 19, 2015 Second Chance Pell Grants, Ed Tech in Corrections, WIOA Vision, WIOA State Plan Requirements, Employability Skills Framework for Employers, and Opportunities for Youth
  • Flash Edition - August 12, 2015 Second Chance Pell Grants
  • July 31, 2015 Investing in Hispanic Workforce, A Look at Economic Inequality in the US
  • July 29, 2015 WIOA One-Year Anniversary and ICR
  • July 20, 2015 Improved Reentry Education Grants, New Skills Webinar, Native American CTE Students Build Satellite
  • Flash Edition: July 13, 2015 OCTAE Seeking Candidates for Available Vacancies
  • July 2, 2015 Presidential Scholars Honor CTE Students, Creating the Next Generation of Manufacturers Webinar, WIOA Provisions Go Into Effect, New Report on Correctional Education
  • June 30, 2015 Michelle Obama to Speak at Celebrating Innovations CTE Event
  • June 8, 2015 ILMS Community Engagement Meetings and Adult Learner Resources, and Reenvisioning Career and Technical Information
  • June 1, 2015 New Guidance on the Partial Restoration of the ‘Ability to Benefit’ Provision for Title IV Federal Financial Aid
  • May 21, 2015 Memorial Day Remembrance, Next Generation of Manufacturers Webinar Series, PIAAC Data Call for Research Papers, NASA: 3-D Space Container Challenge
  • May 8, 2015 FITW and Scalable Strategies to Support College Completions, WIOA Quick Start Action Planner, Foster Care Month, and CSAL webinar
  • April 27, 2015 WH Upskill Summit, Accelerating Opportunities, and Community Colleges Initiatives
  • Flash Edition: April 21, 2015 WIOA - Five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking - Public Comment Period
  • Flash Edition: April 13, 2015 First in the World Grant Competition and OCTAE openings
  • April 9, 2015 HPOG and Community College Dev Ed initiatives
  • Flash Edition: April 6, 2015 WIOA: NPRM
  • March 26, 2015 My Borther's Keeper, Benefits of ABS
  • March 12, 2015 Women’s History Month and Certificates: A Fast Track to Careers - Part 2
  • Flash Edition: March 6, 2015 Responses to Career Pathways Request for Information
  • February 27, 2015 Job-Driven Educational Pathways; Certificates: A Fast Track to Careers; Social Innovation Fund
  • Flash Edition: February 24, 2015 Making Skills Everyone’s Business
  • February 12, 2015 Technical Training Fund for CTE America’s College Promise, Women and Girls in STEM
  • Special Edition: February 4, 2015 The President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget
  • January 29, 2015 USCIS Listening Sessions, Tools for Employers and Educators, BLS New Jobs Projected
  • Flash Edition: January 21, 2015 Upskilling America’s Workers
  • January 15, 2015 State of the Union, Mentoring Month, White House College Opportunity Day of Action


  • December 16, 2014 DOL Apprenticeships Grants; Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium (RACC), MDRC WorkAdvance Report
  • November 25, 2014 Re-connecting Youths, Training Tomorrow’s Workforce, Employer Toolkit Webinar and more
  • November 13, 2014 Reach Higher Initiative, New Online STEM Resource, and 2015 Grant Competitions
  • Special Edition: November 10, 2014 Honoring All Who Have Served
  • October 30, 2014: Veterans Transition Into the Job Market, and Mobile and Internet Use at Home
  • October 16, 2014: HUD Jobs Plus Pilot, Veterans’ Transition to Employment, Grads of Life
  • October 2, 2014: Job-Driven Training Grants, STEM Symposium, Promise Zone, Science PD for Adult Educators, and more
  • September 18, 2014: Adult Ed and Family Literacy Week, WH College Opportunity Summit, Dialogue on Career Pathways
  • September 4, 2014: Job-driven Training and Competency-Based Pathways
  • August 28, 2014: WIOA Webinar, USDA SNAP Grant, Civil Rights Act of 1964, SMART Competition
  • August 21, 2014: NSF $18M for research partnerships and Is the New G.I. Bill Working?
  • August 14, 2014: WIOA: Changes in Adult Learning; The State of Preschool
  • August 7, 2014: Excellent Educators for All; Education and Health Outcomes Call for Papers
  • July 31, 2014: Occupational Outlook, IES Ed Research and Development Awards
  • July 25, 2014: President signs WIOA, Baccalaureate and Beyond, Collaboration with ILMS
  • July 17, 2014: Postsecondary Sustainability Award, NGA Workforce Policy Publications, Pay for Success, STEM Jobs
  • July 16, 2014: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)To Be Signed Into Law
  • July 10, 2014: DOL Awards Employment Services Grants, Credit for Military Experience; Is It Still Worth Going to College?
  • July 3, 2014: Uvin named as Acting for OCTAE, NSF and HHS Grant opportunities, and NACIE membership
  • June 26, 2014:Urban Institute PFS Model
  • June 17, 2014, SPECIAL EDITION: DHS hosts DACA Renewal Process Web-stream Event
  • June 12, 2014: My Brother's Keeper, Ensuring that High School Students are College and Career Ready, IES Research Grants
  • June 5, 2014: USDA Grants, NAEP Reading and Math Assessment, Access to Community College
  • May 29, 2014: HUD Promise Zone, Career Pathways Webinar, NGA Policy Academy, Credit for Military Experience
  • May 22, 2014: Career Pathways RFI, Workforce Innovation Fund grants, IES Research Grants, PISA Results
  • May 15, 2014: RACC webinar, Framework for 21st-Century Employability Skills
  • May 9, 2014: Minority Male Student Achievement and TAACCCT Grants Applications Due in July
  • May 1, 2014: Stackable Credentials, Early Learning and College and Career Readiness
  • April 24, 2014: Duncan visits Community College, RFI for Career Pathways Systems, ACT Report
  • April 17, 2014: Youth Career Connect Grants, Grant Programs for Community Colleges, Citizenship Prep, WIA Incentive Grants
  • April 10, 2014: Future of Jobs, MA- Pay for Success, DOL Workforce Success Tool, ILMS grants, ACE Military Experience Credits
  • April 3, 2014: EdReady, New SAT , FCC Broadband, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • March 27, 2014: President at Worcester Tech High School on 6/11, Champions of Change, Juvenile Justice System
  • March 20, 2014: AP Exams, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Education Program, Disconnected Youths, CTE Standards
  • March 13, 2014: Maker Faire, Adult Reentry Grant Program
  • March 6, 2014: Economic Impact of Community Colleges, ELS:2002, Ready to Work Competition, President's 2015 Budget
  • February 27, 2014: $1.3B for Communities to Improve Manufacturing; 50 Years of Adult Ed; CTE Effectiveness Webinar
  • February 20, 2014: CTE Operations, Alternative Credentials, Developmental Education
  • February 13, 2014: Investing in America's Future, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), Job-Driven Training, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Innovative Educational Technologies
  • February 6, 2014: CTE month, Developmental Ed, CCR Standards Institute
  • January 30, 2014: Is College Worth It?, 5 Promise Zones, Undergraduate STEM Education
  • January 23, 2014: College Opportunities for Low-Income Students, High-Impact Learning Technologies, SMART Competition, Workforce and Training Initiative and more.
  • January 16, 2014: New Ideas for Administering Student Financial Aid Programs, College Knowledge Challenge, Critical Employment Skills, Citizen Schools
  • January 9, 2014: Project Win-Win, Financial Aid Toolkit, Engage with OVAE, and Where the Jobs Are


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