A Message from Associate Commissioner Elizabeth L. Bennett
Congratulations to all our Skills Capital Grant Awardees! Our next CCTE call will be on Monday December 21 at 11:00am and a zoom link will be sent. Looking forward to checking in.
News & Updates Baker-Polito Administration Awards $11.7 Million in Skills Capital Grants to Educational Institutions Across the Commonwealth
The Baker-Polito Administration on Thursday announced $11.7 million in Skills Capital Grants awarded to 47 educational institutions across the Commonwealth to update equipment and expand student enrollment in programs that provide career education. Twelve of the organizations are receiving a Skills Capital Grant for the first time, and one school, Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical High School, received a multi-year grant award for $1.25 million. To date, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded approximately $92 million in Skills Capital Grants to nearly 300 different programs. Through Skills Capital Grants, schools have expanded their enrollment of students learning skills in high-demand occupations, enabling more than 16,200 additional students to enroll in educational programs that are prioritized by employers across Massachusetts. For more and to see the list of grants awarded, see the press release.
CVTE Grad Follow-up Application is Now Open in Security Portal
Districts receiving Perkins funds or offering Perkins programs, including Chapter-74 approved programs, are required to conduct a Career/Vocational Technical Education Graduate Follow-up of graduates and submit these results to DESE. This is used to calculate and report on a Perkins V Core Indicator: Postsecondary Placement (3S1) as part of the accountability system for federally funded Perkins programs. To enter and submit graduate follow-up results, districts use the CVTE Grad Follow-up Results application in the Security Portal. This portal is now updated and available for this year’s reporting. Access is managed locally: the district’s Directory Administrator may assign to a district staff person the security role “CVTE Grad Follow-up Results”. This district staff person can then enter and submit (or ‘certify’) the data. For more about the grad follow-up, see Instructions; review material on the Perkins V Manual website; or contact your liaison.
Additional Info on Changes to CVTE Programs
CVTE programs are complex. Districts considering program closures or programmatic changes should notify the Office for CCTE. For Chapter 74 program closures, please consult the Chapter 74 Manual for VTE Programs and refer to the VTE Regulations. By regulation, substantial changes to any Chapter 74 program must be approved prior to implementation. Please consult the Chapter 74 Manual for VTE Programs for guidance on what constitutes a substantial change. As a general rule, when a district is considering any programmatic changes to CVTE programs, the district receiving the Perkins grant should email an outline of the proposed change(s) to the district's liaison in CCTE. The liaison will review and respond via email with a determination of acceptance or non-acceptance of the changes and next steps, if applicable.
National Poison Prevention Week Contest
Please see this link for the National Poison Prevention Week Poster/Video Contest. The poster showcase is open to kindergarteners through 4thgraders and the video contest is for children in grades 5-12. The purpose of these competitions is to identify poisons throughout the home, prevent poisonings through the establishment of safety precautions throughout the home, and raise awareness of the Poison Help Hotline, 1-800-222-1222. The deadline for both the poster and video submissions is 11:50pm, January 18, 2021.
Clear communication is essential to bring us together and plan for a safe future. DESE is continuously working to improve communication with all those involved in and impacted by our public schools. Please take this two-minute survey to help inform DESE's communication efforts. Thank you!
Safety Corner - from Dave Edmonds, CCTE's Safety Specialist
Last week I had the privilege to see a safety presentation by Lee Shelby. He is an inspirational safety speaker who lost both of his lower arms in an electrical accident. His message was that he was doing everything as usual, but he and his team had lost safety focus. He said that we should not forget about how to be safe. He reminded us not to let distractions take us away from being safe. He said to always speak up for safety. Not only yours, but also the safety of those around you. He said do not be dissuaded from standing up for safety. It is your right to work and live in a safe environment. Over the months, the underlying theme of my safety articles has been distractions and how they impact safety. Whether it was industrial, motor vehicle or home safety my message has been to stay aware of your personal safety. Covid-19 has added a huge safety responsibility to all of us. But even with the pressure of Covid-19, we need to continue our safety focus on all those other things that can lead to injuries or death. Stay safe!