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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
Last month, House Republicans passed a bill to reauthorize the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Act on a party-line vote. The bill addressed several of ACTE's reauthorization priorities. Continue reading
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ACTE recently spoke with Dr. Michael Wooten, the Acting Assistant Secretary for OCTAE at the U.S. Department of Education as part of our Policymaker Perspectives interview series. At OCTAE, Dr. Wooten oversees more than $2 billion in funding, including funding under the Perkins CTE Act. Continue reading
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently announced the 54th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, which includes 20 CTE scholars. Continue reading
A bipartisan Senate bill would establish a grant program to stem the CTE teacher shortage plaguing programs all across the country by amending the Higher Education Act. Continue reading
Last week, ACTE and Advance CTE circulated a sign-on letter for organizations to oppose the Department of Education's (ED) proposed consolidation of the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) into a new Office of Postsecondary and Lifelong Learning. The letter garnered support from more than two dozen organizations. Continue reading
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Last week, ACTE participated in a Senate CTE Caucus briefing on how CTE provides opportunities for veterans to obtain credentials and new workforce skills. Continue reading
A group of bipartisan Senators recently introduced two bills that include workforce training as a part of the larger effort to address the nation's opioid epidemic. Continue reading
In state legislatures and across the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, policymakers are exploring and imposing new work requirements on public assistance programs, which can encompass job training activities. Continue reading
A Senate hearing recently examined the President's infrastructure proposal, including its workforce-related components. Similarly, Senate Democrats have released a proposal that includes CTE. Continue reading
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Both the House and Senate recently passed resolutions officially designating February 2018 as national CTE Month®. Continue reading
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Last month, ACTE participated in a Senate CTE Caucus briefing on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Continue reading
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On March 6, the Senate CTE Caucus hosted a reception on Capitol Hill to coincide with ACTE's annual National Policy Seminar. Continue reading
The co-chairs of the Senate CTE Caucus have introduced a resolution honoring February as CTE Month. Last year, a record 31 senators signed on as cosponsors, and this year we are trying to get even more. Continue reading
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On Tuesday, President Trump gave his first State of the Union address, and Rep. Joe Kennedy III gave the Democratic response. Both speeches covered a wide range of issues, but briefly referenced CTE. Continue reading
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As part of the Policymaker Perspectives interview series, ACTE interviewed Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. The wide-ranging interview covered ESSA, Perkins, HEA reauthorization, and how CTE intersects with juvenile justice issues. Continue reading
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ACTE recently participated in a briefing on Capitol Hill hosted by the Senate CTE Caucus titled, “Perkins CTE and How Reauthorization Can Improve Programs.” Continue reading
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Earlier this month, Senators Doug Jones (D-AL) and Tina Smith (D-MN) were sworn in to the U.S. Senate. There were recently named as the newest members of the Senate Education Committee. Continue reading
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As part of ACTE's Policymaker Perspectives series, we interviewed Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), the former vice president of an automotive parts manufacturing business and chairman of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development within the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Continue reading
Congress has sent a tax reform bill to President Trump's desk that has implications for the CTE community. Continue reading
The House recently passed a tax reform bill, and the Senate recently advanced one out of committee. Both could have serious implications for the CTE community. Continue reading
Chaired by Secretary Acosta and co-chaired by Secretary DeVos, the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion recently met for the first time. Continue reading
The nomination of Tim Kelly to serve as the OCTAE Assistant Secretary has been withdrawn after blog posts surfaced of him making a number of offensive comments. Continue reading
House Republicans recently released their long-awaited tax reform proposal, which includes significant changes to the nation’s tax code that would impact CTE teachers, students and funding Continue reading
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ACTE interviewed Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ), who graduated from a skilled apprenticeship program and who is the only electrician in Congress, as part of our Policymaker Perspectives interview series. Continue reading
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Recently, ACTE worked with the National Writing Project and the Senate CTE Caucus to organize a briefing on increasing access to and opportunity for professional development for CTE educators. Continue reading