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CTE Updates–April 3, 2013

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Oklahoma Holds State Programs of Study Summit 


On February 27th, approximately 140 educators gathered at the South Penn campus of Moore-Norman Technology Center to hear from national and state experts as they spoke on rigorous programs of study. Robert Shumer, a research associate/lecturer at the University of Minnesota and a participant in the NRCCTE's original National Programs of Study Institute (NPOSI), kicked off the summit, sharing a national perspective with attendees. Presenters included ODCTE staff as well as participants from the Oklahoma Programs of Study Institute.


Read the full story.

Louisville Mayor and City Leaders Celebrate Economic Impact of Local Manufacturer's Youth Apprentice Program

On Monday, March 18th, Louisville's Mayor Greg Fischer, Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf, Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens, Greater Louisville Inc. Metro Chamber of Commerce CEO Craig Richard, and nth/works CEO Tom Hudson held a press conference to celebrate the success of the nth/works high school apprentice program - a program that may help solve Louisville's skilled labor shortage.

nth/works, a precision metalforming manufacturer and engineering company, has partnered with Jeffersontown High School to introduce a supervised apprenticeship program at nth/works' facilities. The goals of the program are to address Louisville's shortage of skilled labor, as well as increase community awareness of the growing opportunities in the local manufacturing sector.

"Local manufacturers have recently experienced a huge increase in demand," said Deborah Anderson, Engineering Career Theme Specialist for Jeffersontown High School. "Almost overnight, companies started coming to us saying there weren't enough machinists and welders available in metro Louisville. Leadership from companies like nth/works can accelerate our ability to produce skilled labor, which ultimately attracts more industries to the greater Louisville area."

Started during the 2012-13 school year, the nth/works program currently provides five juniors and seniors with hands-on, paid training in five areas of manufacturing: welding and automation; tool and die equipment; tooling engineering; CNC machining; and kaizen, a

Japanese manufacturing philosophy focused on continuous improvement.

Student feedback has been extremely positive. "This program helped me determine where I want to go for college," said Jeffersontown High senior Emily Holbert. "I know I want to pursue a career in certified welding and nth/works has helped guide me in that direction." Upon completion of the program, students will graduate with the skills they need to enter the workforce or to pursue postsecondary education in engineering-related fields.

For more information on the nth/works apprentice program, read a related story in the Louisville Courier-Journal, download their press kit (PDF) or contact nth/works Director of Engineering and Apprentice Program Administrator Paul Meshke at or call nth/works at 502-479-0800.

Louisiana Seeks a State CTE Director

The Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) invites applications for the position of Director of Career and Technical Education located in the Baton Rouge office and reporting to the Senior Vice President for Workforce Solutions. This position is responsible for providing CTE leadership for community and technical colleges that are part of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. A significant responsibility will be State Director of Carl D. Perkins Grant. Learn more and apply (PDF).

Did You Miss the Inaugural Live #CTEChat? Catch the Next One Tonight at 8pm EDT


Robin Claire McLean (@RMcLean), ACTE's 2013 Teacher of the Year, and Bryanne Peterson (@RchTodaysLrnr), secondary educator and lifelong learner, realized during this year's National Policy Seminar meeting that they and other attendees were building relationships not just with their legislators, but with each other, and sought a way to carry that energy and excitement forward into the social media sphere. They conceived of an online meet-up where participants could discussing pressing issues in CTE and put it into action for the first time last week using the #CTEChat Twitter hashtag. McLean published a Storify archive of the first chat.

To join in on the next live chat, visit the #CTEChat Twub or follow the #CTEChat stream on Twitter on Wednesday, March 20th at 8pm Eastern. This week's topic is... CTE and social media! Interested in upcoming chats? McLean and Peterson have posted a GoogleDocs schedule where you can volunteer to co-moderate a chat. 

Spotted in Minnesota: CTEDDI!
Around 25 participants attended a CTEDDI informational session in Austin, Minnesota on March 15th to learn more about this research-based, data driven improvement model.

Representatives from both secondary and postsecondary education attended the day-long meeting. Debra Hsu from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) system along with individuals from the Minnesota State Department of Education facilitated the meeting, which also included a presentation, an interactive dialogue, and teamwork activities. 

NRCCTE Hosts International Scholars   

The NRCCTE recently welcomed international scholars from Japan and China to its offices at the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville. Mie Nishi, an associate professor at Kansai Women's College in Osaka, Japan, visited the Center on March 7th and 8th to learn more about programs of study at the postsecondary level. On March 12th, the NRCCTE welcomed Dr. He Zhen and Ms. Gao Shanyan, guests of Dr. Bob Mahlman, director of the Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE) at The Ohio State University.

Learn more about our esteemed international guests.

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