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Jarrod Nagurka
Alexandria, VA
Jarrod Nagurka is the Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager at the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). Jarrod is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he studied economics and government. He previously worked for an association representing software developers, and has experience working in the U.S. Senate, Virginia House of Delegates, and on federal, state and local political campaigns.
Recent Activity
A recap of a three-part series published by Education Week titled, "Career and Technical Education at a Crossroads." Continue reading
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As part of our Policymaker Perspectives interview series, ACTE spoke with Rep. Drew Ferguson about his work in Congress on CTE issues. Continue reading
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This week marks infrastructure week, and to kick off the week U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao spoke at a forum on Monday hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading
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The Department of Education has announced the five finalists in the EdSim Challenge. The challenge was meant to encourage the development of “educational simulations that strengthen career and technical education.” Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Education has announced the names of the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars, which includes 20 students honored for their work in career and technical education. Continue reading
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The Congressional Skilled Workforce Caucus recently held a briefing titled, “Building the Foundations for a Skilled Workforce.” ACTE staff participated by speaking on the panel about how secondary CTE programs are preparing students for the skilled workforce. Continue reading
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A new report has been released by Advance CTE that sheds light on opinions about CTE by both current and prospective CTE parents and students. Here are the top ten takeaways for CTE advocates. Continue reading
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ACTE spoke with Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI) as part of our Policymaker Perspectives discussion series to explore how federal policymakers are working to strengthen the CTE ecosystem. Continue reading
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While efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act may not seem too relevant to CTE, the 2010 health care law and efforts to reverse it can affect CTE by way of state education funding, school districts’ hiring decisions and the cost of employer-based coverage for CTE professionals Continue reading
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The House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee held a hearing to examine federal support for job training programs. Among other topics, the members of the subcommittee discussed the importance of CTE. Continue reading
Both President Trump and Secretary DeVos made remarks in March related to CTE, apprenticeships and workforce development.While their comments were in support of CTE broadly, the president’s proposed budget could still spell trouble for CTE. Continue reading
Members of Congress have reintroduced the Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act, a bipartisan bill that aims to improve access to higher education for secondary students through dual and concurrent enrollment programs. Continue reading
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As part of ACTE’s National Policy Seminar, the Senate CTE Caucus hosted a reception, co-sponsored by ACTE and Project Lead The Way (PLTW), that highlighted student projects. Continue reading
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On the final day of CTE Month, ACTE’s Administration Division Vice President Janet Goble testified before Congress on the federal government's role in strengthening career and technical education. Continue reading
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To mark 100 years since the Smith-Hughes Act was passed into law, ACTE executive director LeAnn Wilson published an op-ed in The Hill and released a press statement. Continue reading
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On Friday, the last day before Congress left town for a brief recess, the Senate passed a resolution “supporting the goals and ideals of Career and Technical Education Month.” Continue reading
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On February 14, the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus hosted a briefing that provided an overview of the past, present and future of CTE. Continue reading
Next week, the U.S. Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus will host a live-streamed briefing titled, “CTE: Past, Present and Future.” The briefing coincides with CTE Month® and marks 100 years since President Woodrow Wilson signed the Smith-Hughes Act into law in 1917. Continue reading
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The U.S. Senate has confirmed Betsy DeVos to lead the U.S. Department of Education after a contentious confirmation process. Continue reading
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Senator Todd Young (R-IN) has been named a co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus. Continue reading
The Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus hosted a briefing on how federal policy can support the intersection of infrastructure and CTE Continue reading
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Last week, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, appeared before the Senate Education Committee for a hearing on her nomination. Continue reading
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ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson responds to an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun on college alternatives. Continue reading
Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) will join the Senate HELP Committee which has jurisdiction over education issues. Continue reading
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Mrs. DeVos’ experience in education is primarily centered on promoting pro-charter school policies. DeVos chairs the American Federation for Children, an organization that advocates for school vouchers and tax credits for charter schools. DeVos is unique from previous secretaries in that she has never held public office and has no experience as an educator. Continue reading