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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
ACTE and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recently partnered to urge Congress to increase the federal investment in CTE. Continue reading
The House Education & Labor Committee recently passed a Higher Education Act reauthorization bill out of Committee. Continue reading
House Democrats released their proposed comprehensive bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. Continue reading
This week, the House and Senate held separate briefings outlining the importance of expanding Pell Grant eligibility to short-term job training programs. Continue reading
The Trump Administration announced five new companies to sign on to the pledge to America's workers, as well as the nomination of Eugene Scalia as the next Secretary of Labor. Continue reading
On Tuesday, the House Committee on Education and Labor's Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment held a hearing titled, "Scaling Up Apprenticeships: Building on the Success of International Apprenticeship Models." Continue reading
Representatives Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) and Cedric Richmond (D-LA) have introduced the JOBS Act, H.R. 3497, which extends Pell Grant eligibility to short term job training programs. Continue reading
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently announced the 55th class of U.S. Presidential scholars, which included 20 CTE scholars. Continue reading
President Trump recently issued an executive order on America's cybersecurity workforce. Though the order is wide-ranging, it includes several workforce-related components. Continue reading
Earlier this year, Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced legislation to expand Federal Pell Grant eligibility to short-term job training programs Continue reading
The Senate's Education Committee recently held a hearing focused on accountability issues within the context of reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Continue reading
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) recently led an effort to secure sign-ons to a letter urging the Senate Appropriations Committee to make a robust investment in Perkins CTE Basic State Grants. Continue reading
A “Dear Colleague” letter is currently circulating in the U.S. Senate, urging the Appropriations Committee to make a robust investment in Perkins Basic State Grants. Continue reading
Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Glenn Thompson (R-PA), the co-chairs of the House CTE Caucus, are circulating a "Dear Colleague" letter, asking fellow Representatives to sign on to a letter urging congressional leaders to include workforce development and CTE in any infrastructure package. Continue reading
In conjunction with NPS, the Senate CTE Caucus recently hosted a reception on Capitol Hill featuring students from nine CTSOs. Continue reading
A “Dear Colleague” letter was recently circulated that urges the House Appropriations Committee to make a strong investment in CTE for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. Continue reading
On March 11-14, ACTE participated in a statewide CTE media tour organized by Iowa ACTE. The tour began in the western part of the state in Sioux City, and over the course of four days moved as far east as Cedar Rapids. Continue reading
On Monday, the Trump Administration released its principles to reform the Higher Education Act. The principles are largely centered on the growing need for some type of postsecondary credential, and how to ensure students have access to high-quality education without incurring massive debt. The principles include: Accreditation Reform: The Administration... Continue reading
Legislation recently introduced in the House and Senate aim to address shortages in the child care workforce. Continue reading
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, recently spoke about her higher education priorities for the 116th Congress. Continue reading
The House Committee on Education and Labor cleared its first education-related bill of the 116th Congress, a bill that addresses school infrastructure needs. Continue reading
To celebrate and officially recognize February as CTE Month, a resolution has passed the U.S. Senate and been introduced in the U.S. House. Continue reading
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos joined ACTE for its annual CTE Month site visit. This year, the visit was held at the Academies of Loudoun. Continue reading
Earlier today Advance CTE launched a new website,, which calls for doubling the investment in Perkins CTE. ACTE is pleased to partner with Advance CTE and the CTE community to support this goal. Continue reading
A new report issued by the American Enterprise Institute addresses the recent uptick in attention that CTE has garnered in state policy, on campaign trails and in the media. Continue reading