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There's still time to register! Join your CTE colleagues at the 2017 Alaska ACTE Professional Development Conference!
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There is still time to register at reduced rates for the annual Alaska ACTE Professional Development Conference!
If you register by September 29, you will get the Early Bird rate of $395. After that, the fee is $470.
Please register online at https://acte.logisticsllc.com/register/.
The conference is October 31 - November 1, 2017, at the Anchorage Marriott, with a pre-conference day on October 30. Please visit the Alaska ACTE conference website for details on pre-conference sessions, keynote speakers, and more! https://acte.logisticsllc.com/.
The Alaska Association for Career and Technical Education (Alaska ACTE) is soliciting nominations for its annual awards in the following categories:
For complete details, please visit the Alaska ACTE website:
ALASKA ACTE Professional Development Conference
October 30 – November 1, 2017
The 2017 Alaska Association for Career and Technical Education Professional Development Conference is the only statewide conference dedicated to the professional development of Career & Technical Education (CTE) professionals in Alaska. This year's conference offers exciting speakers, educational and industry tours, relevant training, and all things CTE.
Attendees will have opportunities to network with peers and engage in rich discussion about the importance of rigorous CTE programs and workforce development in our state.
Visit the Conference website or the specific links below for more information.
From the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development's "DEED Information Exchange" April 14, 2017:
Juneau High School and College Students Celebrate Completion of a House
On April 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., students from the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and the Juneau-Douglas High School are having an open house to celebrate the completion of Lena Loop House 2 at 16200 Lena Loop Road, on the corner or Point Lena Loop and Ocean View Drive.
The House Build Project is a four-way partnership with the city of Juneau, the Juneau School District, the Juneau Housing Trust, and UAS to build affordable housing while training students in residential construction. The program gives high school and college students real-world experience planning and building a small house. Upon completion, the house will be sold to provide a family in Juneau with a new, durable, and energy-efficient home. Students participate in all aspects of the project including; design, construction, planning, estimating, interior and exterior finishing.
Local resident Chava Lee noted in an email to the school, “The idea of working with the students to produce an incredible product is an amazing thing. We need more of this type of education. The houses are beautiful and a great addition to our neighborhood. I value having this type of instruction and mentoring available. Everyone involved should be very proud of what has been accomplished.”
LIVE Webinar Series Invitation: Connecting Secondary Students to Apprenticeship Programs
To enrich our students’ high school experiences and secure a path to career and postsecondary success, communities across the country are strengthening the pipeline between CTE and apprenticeship. This U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) project explored programs that connect CTE students and apprenticeships.
On April 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm ET, OCTAE welcomes a discussion of lessons learned from site visits to the eight CTE and apprenticeship programs examined under this project. Advance CTE, RTI International, and program representatives will share observations and explore implications for state and local leaders.
Questions about the webinar?
Contact Scott Stump
Office: 1-800-280-7272 ext. 713
Cell: (970) 580-8049
The University of Alaska Anchorage is offering several programs for middle and high school students this summer, including Summer Science Camps and the Kids' College Summer Programs. Check out the links below for more information and to register for these great opportunities!
Mat-Su College Summer Science Camps
UAA Kids' College Summer Programs
From the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education:
From: akcis, ACPE (ACPE sponsored) [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 06, 2017 11:05 AM
Subject: [akcis] APS Legislation Introduced
Senate Bill 103, sponsored by the Senate Finance Committee was introduced on April 3rd. If passed, SB 103 would repeal, under a phase out plan, the existing statutes pertaining to the Alaska Performance Scholarship and Alaska Education Grant. The last students to be eligible for these programs would be the high school graduates of 2017 who apply by July 1, 2017. The bill would reallocate funds in the Alaska Higher Education Investment Fund, which funds the APS and AEG, to create an Alaska Education Innovation Grant Fund for grants to school districts. You can find a copy of the bill, which has been referred to the Education and Finance committees, here.
The APS, created by the legislature in 2010, is designed to encourage Alaska students to excel in high school, graduate prepared for college & career training, complete that education and training in Alaska, and contribute to the Alaska workforce and economy. Information about how the APS delivers on those goals is provided here:
If you wish to learn more about APS Outcomes after reviewing the attachments, go to: http://acpe.alaska.gov/REPORTS/Reports/APS_Outcomes_Report.
We join the AdvanceCTE national consortium in welcoming Deb Riddle to the position of CTE Director for the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development! On March 28, 2017, Andrea Zimmerman, Senior Associate for Member Engagement and Leadership Development for AdvanceCTE, posted this blog entry:
Welcome to Alaska’s New State CTE Director, Deborah Riddle!
Deborah Riddle was born in Glennallen, Alaska, and raised near Bristol Bay, on the western coast of the state. When she made her way many years later to southern Utah to be a teacher, there was one problem – it was just too hot.
So Riddle and her husband began looking for jobs back home in Alaska, and as a back-up plan, “as close to the Canadian border as possible,” she said.
That led her to Simms, Montana, to teach middle school math and science. When the school district also needed someone to teach Career Technical Education (CTE), Riddle stepped up. What first began with teaching traditional home economics classes then grew into robotics classes and even helping start and support related Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) at the local high school.
After 15 years in Montana, home was still calling, so Riddle took a position with the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. She started at the State department five years ago doing school improvement focusing on mathematics. For the past year, Riddle has managed the state’s federal funding under Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The state department recently reorganized, and with those changes, Riddle’s responsibilities expanded, including the title of State CTE Director and responsibilities of managing another source of federal funding through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins).
Riddle said she is excited by the prospects of making connections across the federal education laws to maximize funding and other opportunities for Alaska’s students. Since being named the State Director in February, she has been learning all that she can about CTE in Alaska, and said she has been so impressed by the depth and diversity of the stakeholder support she sees for CTE at the local level, especially the connections to employers, community colleges and workforce development.
“I knew there were partnerships, but I didn’t realize how many and how varied there were and what (stakeholder engagement) can really add to a program,” she said.
Riddle said she is also looking to bolster CTSOs in Alaska and continuing to strengthen and overcome the unique challenges to offering CTE for the state’s most rural schools.
Alaska Occupational Safety and Health 10-hour Construction Course
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Consultation and Training section will sponsor an OSHA 10-hour construction course April 20 and 21, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This course is most suitable for entry-level workers and upon successful completion, an OSHA 10-hour card will be mailed to students. Instructors for this course are certified outreach trainers and/or Occupational Safety and Health consultants.
Course topics will include:
University of Alaska UAA, 3901 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99503 University Mall Room 120C
April 20 and 21, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Must attend both days to receive OSHA 10-hour card)
$8.00 cash only. Receipt of payment will be provided.
Registration required and space is limited. Please call 269-4951 to register. Email additional questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a postsecondary training provider who is not regionally or nationally accredited, and you offer one or more CTE Certificate programs, including Registered Apprenticeship, have you applied to participate in the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) Program? The application is easy and would allow qualified students to use their APS for your training! For non - regionally or nationally accredited institutions, you must apply through ACPE and DOLWD for your CTE certificate program to participate in APS. Apply now for participation beginning July 1, 2017!
For more information, visit the APS website or read the informational flyers posted below.
The State Training and Employment Program (STEP)
Request for Grant Applications for State Fiscal Year 2018
The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Employment and Training Services requests grant applications for training projects in priority industries under the State Training and Employment Program (STEP). The STEP is funded by a percentage of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and is appropriated to the Division by the Alaska State Legislature.
The purpose of the STEP is to enhance the quality and accessibility of in-state training and employment services for Alaska residents to help meet the workforce needs of employers in the state. STEP seeks to increase resident employment in industries where a high number of nonresidents are working, reduce future unemployment claims, and foster economic growth in all regions by meeting employers demand for a skilled workforce.
Organizations with training projects that will upgrade the skills of the local workforce with the latest national and state certifications and competencies in demand by employers in the priority industries are encouraged to apply. Training participants must meet the eligibility requirements of the STEP.
The full Request for Grant Applications (RGA) includes additional detailed information regarding this solicitation.
Two teleconferences will be held to answer questions about the STEP program, this RGA, and the application process.
RGA and Application Overview
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Conference Telephone: 1-888-354-0094
Conference ID: 7345413
EGrAMS Application Questions
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Conference Telephone: 1-888-354-0094
Conference ID: 7345413
The deadline for submission of grant applications is Friday, April 14, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. Funding of STEP grant awards is limited by the availability of funds each fiscal year and subject to appropriation by the Alaska State Legislature.
Questions about this solicitation should be directed to:
Julie Frizzell, Program Coordinator
To view the full Public Notice and Attachments, visit this link.
In this recent Op-Ed published in the Alaska Dispatch News, Tim Bradner argues that Alaska needs to continue supporting technical training programs even in our lean budget climate.
Visit this link to read Bradner's entire opinion piece online.
The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development's CTE Team recently released an updated infographic showing various aspects of CTE students in Alaska high schools in the 2015-2016 school year and with some four-year trends. The summary shows, among other things, that about a third of Alaska's students took at least one CTE class while in high school and that CTE concentrators have a 94% graduation rate and are 21% more likely to graduate than non-CTE concentrators. For a PDF of the infographic and table shown below, visit this link.
Thirty-one U.S. Senators co-sponsored a resolution in support of Career and Technical Education. The resolution states that the Senate has designated February 2017 as CTE Month, and it honors the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Vocational Education Act of 1917.
The resolution speaks to CTE as a workforce development strategy that includes training in employability skills along with the academic and technical knowledge and skills that are required for well-paying careers in high-demand occupations. It also encourages counselors and other educators to promote CTE as an option for students.
Visit this link for the entire resolution in PDF.
Join workforce, economic development, and education professionals from across the state at the third Alaska Can Conference, sponsored by the Alaska Postsecondary Access and Completion Network - 65 by 2025!
Governor Walker has announced the Alaska Education Challenge to work on closing our state's student achievement gaps and increasing our graduation rate.
As part of the challenge, all Alaskans are invited to weigh in our education system by participating in public meetings and responding to an online survey.
To take the survey, follow this link.
For more information on this initiative, visit the Governor's website at https://gov.alaska.gov/administration-focus/alaskas-education-challenge/.
Governor Bill Walker has proclaimed February 2017 as CTE Month in Alaska!
This proclamation follows along with the annual national CTE Month designation spearheaded by the national ACTE association.
The Postsecondary Access and Completion Network is currently accepting nominations for individuals to serve on the 2017-2019 Board of Directors.
If you have a desire to formally engage in advocacy and support of postsecondary access and success, please consider adding your name to the ballot for the Alaska Postsecondary Access and Completion Network Board of Directors! The Network relies on the efforts and expertise of our Board members to guide the organization through voting on policy decisions, assisting with setting and accomplishing goals, and continued successful development.
Any Network member wishing to stand for election may nominate themselves, or be nominated by another Network member. Please review the Public Announcement Seeking Nominations for more information.
Individuals seeking nomination should fill out the Nomination Questionnaire and submit it, along with a personal biography, to the Election Committee via e-mail (email@example.com) or fax (907.269.7991), by February 24, 2017, at 5:00PM (Alaska time).
If you have any questions about this election process, please call Barbara Mongar at 907-269-7973 or e-mail her at Barbara.firstname.lastname@example.org
ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson responds to a recent op-ed in the Baltimore Sun.
"On January 1, William Durden published an op-ed titled, “Creating a credible alternative to college.” Unfortunately, while his desire for an improved education system is clear, he completely overlooks the clear solution – stronger investments in today’s high-quality career and technical education system."
To read Wilson's entire article, visit this link:
The Alaska Postsecondary Access and Completion Network announces its annual conference for March 23-24 at the Anchorage Downtown Marriott. Information on registration, presentations, and exhibits is below.
The Alaska Postsecondary Access & Completion Network is pleased to announce our 3rd annual conference! This year’s theme is “Alaska Can - Together!”
Alaska must prioritize the workforce and economic development needs of our state. In times where doing more with less is the way forward, it is critical that we collectively impact what we cannot change alone. The conference is a time for Alaskans— professionals in education, business, industry, public service—to unite and work together to increase the number of Alaskans enrolling and succeeding in postsecondary education. You will:
• Develop practical skills to overcome common obstacles
• Build and grow partnerships
• Learn from stories of success
• Identify priorities and opportunities for program alignment
January 31: Exhibitor early bird sign-up ends – save $50 on your table by signing up NOW! More info
February 1: Deadline to submit presentation proposals – become part of the speaker team for this exciting event. Registration fee is waived for one presenter for each session selected. More info
February 24: Early bird conference registration ends – save $25 on the registration fee by signing up NOW! Register Now
Learn more about the conference, taking place March 23-24 at the Downtown Anchorage Marriott. Or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/65by2025
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has released its draft quality framework elements for secondary to postsecondary CTE programs of study.
This is part of a larger effort by ACTE to identify the elements and criteria of a comprehensive, research-based quality CTE program of study framework to use in the dissemination of CTE best practices.
View or download the draft framework elements here.
Alaska Apprenticeship Roundtable Features New Training Programs
Employers expand Registered Apprenticeship training to benefit Alaska workers
JUNEAU, Alaska—The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is hosting a Registered Apprenticeship Roundtable on December 6th and 7th in Chugiak. The roundtable will highlight major expansions of Alaska apprenticeships by employers in the health care, maritime, and aviation industries. It will also explore innovative new programs to link apprenticeship with college credit, in partnership with the University of Alaska and other institutions of higher education.
“Whether it’s a new apprenticeship in health care or a longstanding training program in construction, we know that Registered Apprenticeship is a cornerstone of Alaska’s strong middle class,” said Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas.
Over the past year, the state has worked closely with employers from Fairbanks to Anchorage to Juneau to expand apprenticeship.
Expansion of Apprenticeship in Alaska:
View the original press release at http://labor.alaska.gov/news/2016/news16-43.pdf.
Money Smart, developed by the FDIC in 2001, is a comprehensive financial education curriculum designed to help low- and moderate-income individuals outside the financial mainstream enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships. The curricula is free and can be used in different venues, including one-on-one sessions or in classroom-style settings. The curriculum aligns with the financial education element of the youth formula programs in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
Using the Money Smart for Grades 9-12 and ages 19-20 curriculum, you will learn how each lesson is structured and we will walk through two lessons (Can You Pay Your Bills? and Capacity, Character, Collateral, Capital) to demonstrate how the instructor guide, student handouts and presentation slides are used. These lessons provide guidance on how to develop budgets and how to manage credit.
Please join us on December 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST for a train-the-trainer session and suggestions to delivering the curriculum to the youth in your programs. The login information is below.
To log into the webinar:
Conference number: PW1817948
Audience passcode: 6235808
Other free financial-related teacher resources are available from the FDIC -
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