On Tuesday, September 22, the Senate CTE Caucus hosted a briefing for congressional staff titled “Postsecondary Pathways to Success: Strengthening Career and Technical Education in the Higher Education Act.” The briefing was moderated by ACTE Deputy Executive Director Stephen DeWitt and featured an expert panel of practitioners and policy leaders, including:
- Harry Snyder, the President of Great Oaks Career Campuses (and ACTE member),
- John Cech, Deputy Commissioner for Academic and Student Affairs with the Montana University System,
- Kermit Kaleba, Federal Policy Director for the National Skills Coalition, and
- Jennifer Stiddard, Senior Public Policy Associate with the Association of Community College Trustees.
The event also was attended by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), two of the caucus’ co-chairs. Both provided introductory remarks for the event, during which Senator Baldwin took the opportunity to highlight her introduction of the ACTE-endorsed CTE Opportunity Act earlier that day.
The panel discussed several of the biggest issues affecting postsecondary CTE students in the Higher Education Act, including expanding access to federal financial aid, improving data systems to acknowledge the achievements of CTE students on non-degree paths (such as in pursuit of certificates or other credentials), and identifying ways that the federal government can strengthen connections between postsecondary institutions and the labor market.
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