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Susan Symons forwarded me an article titled "What if a college education just isn't for everyone" by Marklein, USA Today.  

Marklein reports, "Long before President Obama vowed last year that America will 'have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world' by 2020, the premium placed on going to college was firmly embedded in the American psyche. ... And yet, there's an undercurrent of concern about a group of students - sometimes called 'the forgotten half,' a phrase coined 22 years ago by social scientists studying at-risk young people - who, for whatever reason, do not think college is for them." According to USA Today, what is "still getting lost, some argue, is that too many students are going to college not because they want to, but because they think they have to."  Do you think this is true?

Where Do You Stand?

Education and jobs are on the minds of nearly everyone throughout the country. Accordingly, there is no doubt that Congress has its hands full. Nonetheless, once health care has been dealt with, feelings are that things will move quickly on two very important issues near and dear to Registered Apprenticeship: ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act—revamping NCLB) and WIA (Workforce Investment Act). As post-secondary career and technical educators, Registered Apprenticeship programs are directly impacted by both of these laws.

Having just attended ACTE’s National Policy Seminar in Washington, DC (see link below), I can attest to the fact that Assistant Secretary of Labor, Jane Oates, assured the audience (made-up mostly of secondary CTE educators and some workforce development professionals from across the country) that Registered Apprenticeship is alive and well…standing ready to provide an “earn while you learn” experience for their graduates. However, we cannot and will not be effective in delivering on the Assistant Secretary’s promise if we do not support the feeder systems into our Registered Apprenticeship programs. Now is the time to take a stand by becoming active in an organization that further promotes linking secondary career and technical education graduates to our post-secondary Registered Apprenticeship programs (



Check out this video sent in by Patricia Garcia- California Unions are building cleaner and smarter using Green Technology by investing in the future.  Thanks Patty for sharing!

Thanks to millions of dollars in grants, many veterans will have a chance to compete in the growing renewable energy industry. See more DoD videos at  


  Stairway to Success

Strategies for climbing the career ladder:
North Central Kansas Technical College, USDOL and the Management & Training Corporation will discuss pathways and strategies that can provide a “Stairway to Success”.


This workshop will explain the strategy of using Registered Apprenticeship, Job Corps, and other ETA funded activities in conjunction with college credit instruction.  This approach gives the worker a more advanced training experience with options to continue on the career ladder.  North Central Kansas Technical College (NCKTC) will explain its on-line instructional delivery method for its Health Support Specialist Registered Apprenticeship Program.   Job Corps will discuss pathways to accredited college programs.

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