CTE Presidential Scholars Candidates Announced

The Department of Education recently announced 236 candidates (54 from Alaska) for the inaugural class of Presidential Scholars in CTE. The high school seniors were nominated from across the country by state education leaders, and now have the opportunity to submit applications in the next phase of the award process.

Application information will be due in February, with finalists announced in early May and the first group of 20 CTE Scholars recognized in Washington, DC in June as part of the annual U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognition.

The paragraph below, from the Department of Education’s website, summarizes the program:

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

ACTE worked closely with Members of Congress and the Administration to promote the CTE Scholars program, and we are very excited to see the first class of candidates! It is an honor for students’ CTE accomplishments to be recognized as part of this prestigious national award.

Source: CTE Policy Watch

Workforce Wednesday: How to Become a Heavy Equipment Operator

From loaders and dozers to excavators and graders, Patrick Rose, the outreach coordinator with Northern Industrial Training (NIT) joined Daybreak to give insight on careers as a heavy machine operator.

According to Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium (APICC), pay starts anywhere from $18 to $24 an hour. Eventually, experienced operators can earn more than $100,000 a year. To break into the field, NIT offers classes tailored to these real-life Tonka trucks.

“We actually have a program that’s six weeks long, a little bit of classroom but mostly all hands-on time,” said Rose. “So that way you get experience using all the different types of equipment … If you like working with your hands, you want to be outside, there’s nothing better than that. You get to see a job start to finish.”

Watch the video to find out which businesses are hiring right now.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: How to become a heavy equipment operator | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Arctic Council Coming to Town: International Policy Group Chooses Fairbanks for 2017 Meeting

Already known for its role leading U.S. Arctic research, Fairbanks is set to be a key location in the conclusion of the U.S. term at the head of the Arctic Council. Though the Arctic Council isn’t a body particularly well known to the average Alaskan, its importance is significant and growing as the eyes of the world turn northward due to economic opportunities and the effects of climate change. Next year, the Interior will play host to the group as it makes decisions pivotal to the future of Alaska and the entire circumpolar Arctic region. Read the full article here.

Source: Arctic Council coming to town: International policy group chooses Fairbanks for 2017 meeting | Editorials | newsminer.com

New Grant RFP for Secondary & Postsecondary

A new grant opportunity is available via the Title IIB Math & Science Partnership.  This grant is for teacher/administrator professional development only, and will focus on the interface between Math, Science, and Career and Technical Education.  Projects will prepare Alaskan teachers and building administrators to develop strategies, units, and ways of thinking that incorporate CTE principles into STEM coursework, and STEM principles into CTE classes to further Career and College Readiness.

Only eligible partnerships may apply for this grant.  An eligible partnership includes:

  • A high-needs LEA (as defined on page 4 of the RFP document; full list of qualifying LEAs in Appendix A, page 11)
  • A postsecondary institution (representative of the department of math and/or science)
  • May also include non-high-needs LEAs, postsecondary departments of education, non-profits, or businesses; however, these are not required.

Total funding for the program is $700,000 for FY17.  EED expects to make 2-3 grant awards of $200,000 to $250,000 each.  Grants are funded for one year (FY17), with the possibility of a second-year of no-cost extension should a grant have carryover funds (FY18).  Continued funding of the grant for further years may be possible pending the availability of federal funding.  Awards will be made solely on merit and the responsiveness of the proposed activities to grant objectives.

The fiscal agent for the grant shall be an LEA in the state of Alaska.  (This may be either the high-needs LEA or a non-high-needs LEA partner.)

All projects must include an evaluation and accountability system designed to measure participant knowledge and skill acquisition via standardized pre-/post-tests.

An informational webinar about the RFP will be hosted via WebEx on March 8th from 3:00-4:00 PM.

You may download a copy of the RFP at https://education.alaska.gov/forms/nclbtitletwo/05-16-032.docx

All questions can be directed to the program administrator:

Bjørn Wolter, Ph.D.
Career & Technical Education
Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
Source: Alaska Department of Education & Early Development – Career & Technical Education

Workforce Wednesday: Helping Alaska Students Find Money for School

Every high school student has the opportunity to earn money for school, whether it’s a trade school or traditional university. They can earn close to $5,000 a year for four years, a big incentive as school tuition continues to increase.

Cari-Ann Ketterling with the Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium and Rebekah Matrosova, the director of Outreach and Early Awareness joined Daybreak Wednesday to talk about the Alaska Performance Scholarship and how to qualify. Matrosova suggested it for her neighbor’s son, who she says wouldn’t have otherwise gotten the funding to help him land his dream job.

“He has two boys, not sure how to pay for their college. I think that’s a pretty common concern,” she said. “And between this and a few other things, his costs were almost completely covered.”

To apply for the Alaska Performance Scholarship, entry level qualifications include a 2.5 GPA, 21 on the ACT or 1450 on the SAT. The first step is to fill out a FAFSA application.

For more information on how to apply, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Helping Alaska students find money for school | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11