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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
Prompted by a question posed in a letter recently published in Education Week, what do you think about the relationship between CTE and high-stakes testing? Continue reading
On November 6, voters all across the country will head to the ballot box. Every seat in the U.S. House of Representatives will be on the ballot, along with one-third of U.S. Senate seats. Most states will have a governor's election, with many also having state legislative and local elections. Continue reading
Last week, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos participated in a G20 Education Ministerial Meeting in Argentina. The theme for the conference was "Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development," and focused on three major issues: the future of work, infrastructure development, and food sustainability. Continue reading
The Department of Labor recently issued a notice on industry-recognized apprenticeships, and is soliciting applications for apprenticeship grants. Continue reading
On Tuesday, President Trump signed H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, ushering in a new Perkins law (Perkins V). Continue reading
Earlier today (Wednesday, July 25), the House of Representatives passed legislation to reauthorize the Perkins Act. Following a successful vote on the measure in the Senate on Monday, the bill will now head to the president’s desk where he has indicated he will sign it into law. Continue reading
The Senate has passed its version of Perkins reauthorization, S. 3217. The bill comes after ACTE and Advance CTE worked closely with the bill's sponsors throughout the process and secured some important changes to the legislation after it passed out of the HELP Committee last month. Continue reading
President Trump has signed an executive order to establish the "National Council for the American Worker," which will develop plans for how the public and private sectors should approach demand-driven education, spearhead a national campaign to address the skills gap, encourage companies to invest in their workforces and make specific policy recommendations. Continue reading
On Monday evening, Scott Stump was confirmed by a vote of 85-0 to be the next Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE). Continue reading
Bills in the House and Senate would amend National FFA's charter to better support the organization's continued growth and success. Continue reading
The Trump Administration has announced a proposal that would merge the Departments of Education and Labor into a new Department of Education and the Workforce. Continue reading
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
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
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
Both the House and Senate recently passed resolutions officially designating February 2018 as national CTE Month®. Continue reading
Last month, ACTE participated in a Senate CTE Caucus briefing on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Continue reading
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
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