Career and Technical Educators Will Focus on “Climbing the Hill,” Advocating for CTE at National Policy Seminar, March 4-6, 2013

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The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) will hold the National Policy Seminar, a three-day conference on navigating education policy issues relating to career and technical education (CTE) March 4-6, 2013 in Crystal City, Virginia.

WHAT:    In a recent State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called for an increase in educational offerings that equip students with the skills employers demand. Career and technical education (CTE) delivers real-world training and skills development to over 94% of America’s high schools. Now, more than ever, the nation is turning to CTE to prepare the skilled workforce needed to keep America competitive and grow our economy. With CTE programs expanding and changing across the country to meet the needs of employers, students and communities, teachers and administrators are challenged to effectively advocate for resources and support on local, state and federal levels. The National Policy Seminar (NPS), organized by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), will provide over 400 career and technical education professionals with the tools and tips to “Climb the Hill” and navigate policy issues relating to CTE. The event takes place at the Crystal Gateway Marriot, March 4-6, 2013 in Crystal City, Virginia.

The National Policy seminar will provide members with in-depth information on different topics including:

  •     federal budget process
  •     education and workforce development policy
  •     implications of state policies on CTE
  •     Common Core as it applies to CTE
  •     coalition-building with other groups

On Monday, March 4, pre-conference workshops will open NPS, with sessions covering the basics of congressional advocacy for first-time attendees.

Opening NPS during the general session, Dr. Anthony Carnevale, Director and Research Professor of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, will talk about his work advocating for better alignment between education and training and workforce and labor market demand. Speakers from The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE), Opportunity Nation, The College Board, The Brookings Institute and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) will participate in breakout sessions covering a range of topics from the national focus on CTE to state policies that have national implications for education. On Tuesday, March 5, attendees will hear from Congressional leaders and key staff on what to expect in 2013 from Congress at a special general session event at the Capitol Visitors Center.

For a full agenda, please visit the National Policy Seminar web page on the ACTE website.

WHO:    ACTE is the nation’s largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. It provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 25,000 members including teachers, counselors and administrators at the middle school, high school and postsecondary levels.

WHEN:        March 4-6, 2013

WHERE:    Crystal Gateway Marriott
        1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
        Arlington, Virginia 22202

NOTE:    For more information on the National Policy Seminar and agenda, please visit Members of the media who would like to attend NPS should e-mail ACTE Media Relations Manager Ashley Parker at aparker(at)acteonline(dot)org or call 703-683-9312.

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