Questions about the new Perkins law? View ACTE’s recorded webinar on the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act , including changes from prior legislation, definitions of key terms, accountability indicators, state and local planning, and more.
Some people know exactly what they want to do after graduating from high school.
Stevie Malaski was not one of those people.
Malaski completed just one semester of college after she graduated from high school in 2009. After that, she moved from job to job for a long time. Anxiety kept her from performing well at work and made it hard for her to stay in a job for more than a few months. It wasn’t until she landed a job working at a boarding kennel for dogs and cats that she finally found some stability, confidence — and joy in her work.
“I flourished in the right work environment,” Malaski said. She knew she wanted to keep working with animals.
On August 1, the President signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) into law. This officially reauthorizes the 2006 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act
This new law becomes effective on July 1, 2019. The first year of implementation will be considered a “transition year” and states will be able to submit a transition plan to cover requirements for the July 2019-June 2020 program year. State four-year plans will likely be due in the spring of 2020 and will cover program years from July 2020-June 2024. Over the coming months the U.S. Department of Education should release guidance with more details on requirements for transition plans and full four-year plans, and states in turn will begin to provide more guidance to local recipients.
A summary and analysis of the bill, which highlights the major changes from Perkins IV to Perkins V, can be found here.
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) was pleased to participate in the National Maritime Workforce Conference held in Texas earlier this month.
The conference brought together representatives from academia and industry professionals from across the country to focus on how to enhance and expand maritime, marine technology and port management workforce training at 2-year colleges. Representatives from technical and community colleges participated with MARAD alongside state maritime academies, universities, shipyards, port authorities and other maritime industry partners.
MARAD staff reported on the status of the United States Merchant Marine as well as offering an update on the latest news from the Maritime Administration. They also encouraged interested stakeholders to submit their comments on the docket in response to the Request for Comments on the Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE) application process, which was recently published in the Federal Register. MARAD is seeking comment on the proposed applicant guide; and, after review of the comments received, will publish a further Federal Register notice setting out the application process and requesting submission of applications for designation as a CoE.
The CoE designation program was established by the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Qualified training institutions seeking to be designated as a CoE will be required to apply to MARAD. MARAD may then enter into a cooperative agreement with a designated CoE to provide federal support, as outlined in the Federal Register notice, for the CoE’s maritime workforce training and education efforts. These training and education programs will open up greater career opportunities in the United States’ maritime industry, including providing opportunities for academic credit for prior military service or other related experience.
The conference further included panel discussions on innovative workforce programs and how colleges can align themselves with the maritime industry.
Please visit www.marad.dot.gov for further information on the work of the Maritime Administration and how it is supporting improvements to workforce training across the maritime industry in the United States.
(Alaska had a delegation of ten in attendance representing the University of Alaska, Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development Alaska Vocational Technical Center, Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium, and Vigor Alaska.)
ANCHORAGE, AK—The University of Alaska’s community and technical colleges and campuses celebrated National Maritime Day on May 22, a tradition dating back to 1933 that recognizes one of Alaska and the United States’ most important industries. This year, National Maritime Day coincided with UA’s efforts to obtain a Domestic Maritime Center of Excellence designation, a distinction that would expand its capacity to train domestic maritime workers.
President Donald Trump signed legislation authorizing designation of community and technical college Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence in December 2017. If chosen as a designee, UA could access federal funds towards admitting more students, training faculty and expanding maritime training facilities. This would provide a significant benefit to the university’s ability to increase student success and provide a skilled workforce for Alaska’s maritime industry, which supports more than 70,000 jobs and is the state’s largest private sector employer.
“I’m encouraged by the university’s prospects to receive this important designation,” said Fred Villa, associate vice president of workforce programs. “It’s a great opportunity for the university that would allow us to expand our already successful maritime training opportunities throughout the state.”
UA is well qualified to receive the designation, given its history of providing maritime training and the state of Alaska’s prominent maritime industry. UA has collaborated with maritime industry representatives, state agencies, and entities across the state since 2012 on the Fishing, Seafood and Maritime Initiative (FSMI) to assess, develop and deliver training programs, raise awareness and increase research to prepare Alaskans to meet current and emerging workforce, economic and scientific needs. Between 2014 and 2016, the number of maritime-related training classes in Alaska increased sharply with class completion rates growing by 171 percent.
Villa and a University of Alaska delegation will attend the Shared Quarters National Maritime Workforce Conference June 5-6 in Texas, where they hope to learn more about potentially receiving the designation and about opportunities to enhance and expand maritime, marine technology and port management workforce training.