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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
Recently, President Trump issued a proclamation marking American Education Week, and the Department of Education highlighted National Apprenticeship Week. Continue reading
Following the 2018 Midterm Elections, the House and Senate CTE Caucus memberships will look different in the 116th Congress. Continue reading
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The 2018 midterm election resulted in a Democratic takeover of the U.S. House, while Republicans strengthened their majority in the U.S. Senate. Continue reading
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Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6, is Election Day! Voters all across the country will head to the polls to decide, among other things, control of the U.S. Congress. Continue reading
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ACTE recently participated in the 4th U.S.-China State and Provincial Education Leaders Dialogue: Technical and Vocational Education and Training. The meeting gathered officials from the U.S. Department of Education and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, U.S. State and Chinese Provincial Education Chiefs, and career and technical education (CTE/TVET) directors and providers. Continue reading
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Come November 6, voters in more than half of the 13 states that still elect state superintendents will determine their state's next top education official. Continue reading
The Department of Education recently announced winners for its Education Innovation and Research grants, of which several are related to STEM and CTE. Continue reading
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On Tuesday, November 6, voters all across the country will head to the polls to elect Members of Congress, governors, and state and local policymakers. Many will also vote on education- and workforce-related state ballot initiatives. Continue reading
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ACTE and IACTE recently co-hosted a three-day media tour in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. The three-day tour highlighted the type of high-quality CTE taking place in a variety of settings, from comprehensive high schools to area CTE centers and community colleges Continue reading
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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