Vocational-Technical Education
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Carl Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act (CPA) Grants:

CPA is designed to improve and promote high school (grades 7-12) vocational education programs to train young people for employment, and/or to better prepare students for post-secondary training opportunities (colleges, trade schools, and/or universities). Usually, this involves Agriculture Education, Business Education, Family and Consumer Education, and Technology Education (formerly known as Industrial Arts). Other programs covered in vocational education are career education, guidance, work-based learning, computer-related instruction, applied/integrated instruction, marketing education, health occupations, and wage-earning home economics.

The federal government funds the program through DPI. Every district is allocated an amount based on school’s regular and "special populations" enrollments. Special populations include students in such categories as ethnic minorities, academically disadvantaged (less than a "C" average), economically disadvantaged, and students with disabilities. Districts with allocations above $15,000 may apply directly to the DPI provided they have a Local Vocational Education Coordinator to oversee the funds. Those districts having less than a $15,000 allocation must enter into a consortium of schools large enough to pass over this financial threshold. Often, a CESA is used as fiscal agent for consortiums. The CESA 8 LVEC provides consortiums with assistance in planning, purchasing, program monitoring, evaluation, and fiscal management. LVEC also assists in staff development and keeps schools updated on vocational issues.

In CESA 8, there are76 consortium projects. Five consortiums are linked to CESA 8 for LVEC services. One is the Cluster "A" Consortium involving Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine, Coleman, Crivitz, Gillett, Lena, Oconto, Oconto Falls, Peshtigo, Suring, and Wausaukee. The Cluster "B" Consortium includes Bonduel, Bowler, Clintonville, and Crandon. Cluster "C" is actually the Menominee Indian School District, a single district in consortium with CESA 8. Clusters “D” and “E” are also single district consortiums, Shawano-Gresham and Marinette respectively. The 2 other consortiums are run by other LVECs who are employed by local school districts. One includes Marion, Tigerton and Wittenberg-Birnamwood. The other includes Florence, Goodman-Armstrong Creek, Laona, Niagara, Wabeno, and White Lake.


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Hot Topics in Vocational/Technical Education:

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Links to Vocational/Technical-related websites:

Agricultural Education (DPI) at http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dlsis/aged/index.html

Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) at http://www.acteonline.org/ 

Center on Education and Work at http://www.cew.wisc.edu/

Department of Workforce Development (DWD) at http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/

ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education at http://www.cete.org/acve/index.asp

Journal of Vocational and Technical Education at http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/JVTE/jvte.html

Lifework Education (DPI) contains links to vocational education programs in Agriculture, Business, Family and Consumer, Marketing, and Technology, Vocational Student Organizations (VSOs), and DPI staff directories at http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dlsis/let/index.html

National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE) at http://vocserve.berkeley.edu/

Office of Vocational & Adult Education at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/index.html

University of Wisconsin System http://www.uwsa.edu

Wis. Assoc. for Leadership in Education and Work (WALEW) at http://pressenter.com/~walew/index.cfm

Wisconsin Labor Market Information at http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/oea/employment_projections.htm

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce at http://www.wmc.org

Wisconsin Technical College System at http://www.witechcolleges.com/default.htm

Wisconsin Vocational Association (WVA)at  http://www.wacteonline.org/

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Directory of Vocational Administrators, Instructors, Counselors, and Others:

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Upcoming Events in Vocational and Career Education:

Here is a summary of the information we have received on events to help schools improve their programming. Please pass this along to all staff and faculty, or make copies or post it in the lounge. If you see an event you have not received information for, please call us the CESA 8 office 920.855.2114 ext. 245, e-mail us, or fax us and we will fax you a copy of what we have.

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