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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 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The nomination of Tim Kelly to serve as the OCTAE Assistant Secretary has been withdrawn after blog posts surfaced of him making a number of offensive comments.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
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
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ACTE spoke with Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN), a businessman by trade, as part of our Policymaker Perspectives discussion series. Continue reading
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ACTE has published a new resource to help your local business partners engage in advocacy efforts in support of CTE. Continue reading
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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
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ACTE spoke with Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) about her efforts strengthening CTE and her unique background as a computer programmer. Continue reading
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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
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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
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ACTE interviewed Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) as part of its Policymaker Perspectives series. Continue reading
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ACTE interviews Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), who co-introduced the House Perkins reauthorization bill, as part of its Policymaker Perspectives interview series. Continue reading
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