For those of you who have been involved with the CTE community for any length of time, you probably are already aware of the BIG news—the reauthorization of the federal legislation supporting CTE being signed into law on July 31, 2018. The law entitled “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century” had bipartisan support and will take effect in July, 2019. If you have not looked at the legislation itself, there are lots of great resources on both the Advance CTE and the ACTE websites. We anticipate that by the time ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2018 rolls around, there will be additional helpful resources available comparing the Perkins IV and Perkins V legislation.
Since this newsletter started out with federal news, we should also mention Senate confirmation of our new Assistant Secretary of Career, Technical and Adult Education, Scott Stump, at the U.S. Department of Education. Scott is the first Assistant Secretary, in my memory, that has direct experience in CTE. We are looking forward to working with Scott and assisting states with the implementation of the new legislation.
With the start of the new school year, there are a few things we should mention about NOCTI and CTE. Let’s start with the collaboration among NOCTI, NBS, and ACTE on the upcoming Credential Summit to be held in Louisville, Kentucky. We are excited to host this inaugural event, which includes an all-star line-up of credentialing partners ready to share a wealth of information with our participants!
Once again, NOCTI will be hosting the Credential Corner at ACTE’s CareerTech VISION in San Antonio, Texas, November 28—December 1. In fact, if you aren’t able to attend the Credential Summit, you will be able to meet with several of those credentialing partners in the Credential Corner at the CareerTech Expo. NOCTI will also be hosting several sessions and meetings while at VISION 2018, including an exclusive reception for our board and consortium members!
NOCTI continues to provide professional development opportunities on numerous topics, but key among them are data-driven instructional improvement, new CTE teacher development and new CTE administrator development. In fact, we are wrapping up our second CTE administrators book with ACTE, Your First Year in CTE Administration: 10 More Things to Know.
We mentioned the Credential Engine (CE) work in which we are involved and continue to help guide portions of their development. Recently we have joined the “Pathways” work group and are pursuing potential development work regarding the use of apps to make credentialing information even more accessible to the community and general public. We sincerely believe that any high-quality CTE program needs to meet nationally-accepted industry standards, and that the program needs to be measured against those standards via a valid and reliable third-party credential.
NOCTI has participated in numerous state conferences this summer including WACTE Annual Conference in Gillette, Wyoming; Connecting for Success Conference in Marlborough, Massachusetts; Georgia ACTE in Athens, Georgia; KACTE Summer Program Conference in Louisville, Kentucky; CTAT Summer Conference in Fort Worth, Texas; ACTE-Oregon Summer Professional Development Conference in Portland, Oregon; and PA ACTE in State College, Pennsylvania as well as a few regional conferences. It was particularly gratifying to be involved with Oregon’s state conference as many of the presentations were interactive panels. Representing NOCTI, I had an opportunity to facilitate a session on credentialing along with several impressive panelists, one of which was a former apprenticeship training director who was able to acquire accreditation at their center. Apprentices leaving that center have the ability to earn an associate degree while completing their technical credentials.
NOCTI/NBS is also looking forward to attending the largest manufacturing conference in the US held in Chicago, Illinois. We are joining our partners FANUC at the International Manufacturing Technology Show, September 10—15.
I’ll mention one more little project before wrapping up. NOCTI and NBS were recently involved in a large collaborative effort sponsored by the Association of Test Publishers (ATP) and the National College Testing Association (NCTA). This may be a little too detailed for some of you, but essentially these organizations are working together to establish standards and practices for online/remote proctoring. These standards are being patterned after international expectations and will cover emerging topics in credential proctoring including remote proctoring, in-person proctoring, and AI proctoring. I mention this because I think it reflects our commitment to quality and to the CTE community we represent.
We started with news of federal legislation and I’d like to conclude there as well. As a long-time CTE advocate and practitioner, I have to admit that there are provisions in this legislation that may be challenging. It seems that there is an increasing burden regarding accountability being placed on states. This is concerning for several reasons, but aside from the additional resources needed at the state level to accomplish this, there is also no real comparative standard for the good things CTE does for its constituents, participants, and our economy. This means that local CTE directors will need to be vigilant about maintaining high-quality CTE programs that can produce measurable data on progress−data that can be used to advocate for the resource to continue our work.
On behalf of the NOCTI staff, our Board of Trustees, and our Consortium of States, I sincerely hope that fall is a time of excitement for you and your programs. Remember to take time to think about the important role you play in growing the workforce. As always, if you have recommendations for a new service or product that you would like NOCTI to offer, or have other suggestions or questions for us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for trusting NOCTI to deliver the quality credentials, comprehensive data, and professional development needed to help improve your programs. We look forward to your continued service to the CTE community and look forward to hearing from you on how we can meet your needs!
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