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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Following an executive order in June to expand apprenticeships, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has named members to a new task force on apprenticeship expansion. Continue reading
ACTE spoke with Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN), a businessman by trade, as part of our Policymaker Perspectives discussion series. Continue reading
ACTE has published a new resource to help your local business partners engage in advocacy efforts in support of CTE. Continue reading
President Trump has nominated Michigan State Representative Tim Kelly to be the new OCTAE Assistant Secretary, a position that requires Senate confirmation. Continue reading
Education Week recently released a multi-part special report on schools and the future of work. Continue reading
ACTE spoke with Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) about her efforts strengthening CTE and her unique background as a computer programmer. Continue reading
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has announced Dr. Michael Wooten as the new Deputy Assistant Secretary for OCTAE. Continue reading
Congressional Democrats recently unveiled the Child Care for Working Families Act, a bill aimed at making child care more accessible, which includes provisions to help grow and support the child care workforce. Continue reading
As students returned to school following the first summer of the Trump Administration, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos launched a “rethink school” back-to-school tour to showcase innovation in secondary and postsecondary education. Continue reading
Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) recently introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at bolstering middle school CTE opportunities. Continue reading
The 49th annual poll of the public's attitude toward public schools, published by PDK international, shows overwhelming public support for CTE. Continue reading
ACTE interviewed Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) as part of its Policymaker Perspectives series. Continue reading