NE CTE Newsletter | August 2020 | Vol. 1, Issue 1

Welcome Back!

Nebraska CTE would like to be among the first to welcome you back to school! We know preparing for this coming year has been challenging, to say the least. However, we have been constantly in awe of the innovative and creative problem-solving seen across the state. While we begin our first full year implementing Perkins V, know we are here to help however we can to support the amazing CTE educators in Nebraska!  

See your CTE team as they were in their school days!

New Resources!

Reopening Guidance

CTE classrooms are unique and will require specific measures to ensure safety of students. To continue the important work and keep our strong CTE programs going, the Nebraska CTE team has worked with educators, business partners, and public health officials to prepare guidance on what reopening a CTE classroom consists of. This resource provides specific guidance for each career field, with a special section on work-based learning.

Click to View Guidance

Supporting Special Populations

Nebraska CTE champions all schools, colleges, and communities in developing and maintaining a culture that supports learning opportunities for all students, across all backgrounds and circumstances, so that they receive meaningful access to and opportunities for success in high quality CTE programs and personalized career development. The following guide has been developed in partnership with NAPE (National Alliance of Partnerships for Equity) to provide strategies and recruit and retain students who are members of the nine special population categories.

Click to View Guidance

Engaging Educators

Nebraska CTE has engaged educators all over the state this summer!

We’d like to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication as you dove into reVISION (the comprehensive local and regional needs assessments) and developed your four-year local Perkins application. The thoughtful planning, collaboration, and bold initiatives we’ve seen as a result are truly inspiring! Thanks, too, for your patience and participation as we worked through the nuances of this new grant and new year.

Read more for additional information about dates, deadlines, and the revised Perkins Management Guide.

 A few reminders: 
  • You are only permitted to expend funds once your application has been approved and you have received your Grant Award Notification (GAN). If your application has not been approved yet, please note that you cannot expend any Perkins funds until the approval date (See Application History tab in GMS to verify your approval date). Contact your grant monitor if you have any questions. 
  • Your GAN will only reflect 25% of the total amount available for expenditures until October 1st, when the full amount of your grant will then become available.
  • 2019-2020 Closeouts: The Perkins grant claims for reimbursement and supporting documentation to finalize the 2019-2020 grant are due by October 1. However, you don’t need to wait! The GMS will allow submissions anytime between now and October 1. If you receive future emails from the GMS that grant closeouts are due November 15, please disregard. These automated notices do not reflect the deadlines for Perkins Basic, Postsecondary or reVISION grants.

Coming Soon! The Perkins V Management Guide
In an effort to address the new provisions under Perkins V and provide additional programmatic and administrative support, Nebraska CTE is updating the Perkins Management Guide for all grant recipients (secondary/postsecondary, stand-alone/consortium). This document will reflect Nebraska’s approved Perkins V State Plan and provide updated state guidance, including allowable uses of funds, accountability indicators and performance targets, and program size, scope, and quality essential components. Our goal is to have this Guide available in the coming weeks, and be an effective resource to help you implement high-quality CTE programs and administer the Perkins V grant.

Career and Technical Student Organizations

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) are an extension of classroom instruction — applying classroom learning to real-world experiences; they are not clubs. CTSOs are offered in middle school, high school, and postsecondary CTE programs and are integrated into the classroom.

Over the past several months, the Nebraska CTSOs have shown that CTE is essential to the success of our students. Over the spring and summer months, students participated virtually in State and National conferences as well as leadership workshops. 

Meet each organization's state officers and award winners, and see the most recent announcements below.

Education Rising State Officers

Our officers are meeting monthly and making plans for the service project and fall virtual workshop. Expect to hear about both shortly. 

Click to see the Nebraska DECA State Officers
Click to see the Nebraska DECA State Chapter and Member winners
Click to see the Nebraska DECA National Chapter Campaign winners

Click to see the Nebraska FBLA State Officers
Click to see the Nebraska FBLA State Winners
Click to see the Nebraska FBLA National Winners

Join Nebraska FBLA on September 29 and 30 for a virtual leadership experience. Information will be updated on the Nebraska FBLA event page.

Click to see the Nebraska PBL State Officers
Click to see the Nebraska PBL State Winners
Click to see the Nebraska PBL National Winners 

Click to see the Nebraska FCCLA State Officers
Click to see the Nebraska FCCLA State Winners
Click to see the Nebraska FCCLA National Winners

Join us on Monday, September 21 for the Nebraska FCCLA Virtual Fall Leadership Workshop!

Click to see the Nebraska FCCLA National Fall Conference Update

Click to see the Nebraska FFA State Officers
Click to see the Nebraska FFA State Winners
Click to see the Nebraska FFA Results/Announcements

Click to see The Nebraska HOSA State Officers
Click to see the Nebraska HOSA State And National Winners

Click to see the Nebraska SkillsUSA State Officers
Click to see the Nebraska SkillsUSA 2020 SLC Award Winners
Click to see the Nebraska SkillsUSA Board of Directors

Featured program!

Rule 47 Career Academies are CTE programs that consist of career-themed core courses that are integrated with leadership education. These courses also provide hands-on workplace experiences. Each year, the Nebraska CTE team honors an outstanding Rule 47 Career Academy. This year, the Burke Air and Space academy received this honor!

At Burke High School in Omaha, students can choose from three academic pathways leading to future careers in aviation – Flight, Aviation Mechanics, and Aerospace Technology. Academy students are members of a learning community who share common core classes taught through the lens of aviation. Through partnerships with the Nebraska-Omaha Aviation Institute and local businesses such as Jet Linx and Duncan Aviation, students can start their career in high school through internships and dual enrollment opportunities. Academy students can also be involved in activities and organizations associated with aviation. This last year, Southwest Airlines flew the private pilot students to Dallas to visit their training facility. Each day, this program is fulfilling the mission of creating the next generation of aviation industry leaders by challenging all students with real world experiences and rewarding opportunities that extend beyond the horizon of the classroom.

Save the Date!

reVISION Action Grant Application Deadline - September 1st.

reVISION Action grants provide eligible recipients an opportunity to apply for up to $100,000 of additional Perkins funds through a competitive process to implement innovative strategies to transform and expand the quality of CTE programming in Nebraska. This initiative will help distribute federal CTE dollars broadly across Nebraska to applicants who may not otherwise have had the resources to implement significant innovations in CTE with only the funds generated through the Perkins formula grant.

Learn More & Apply

For more information:
(402) 471-2295
Nebraska Department of Education
Nebraska Career and Technical Education
301 Centennial Mall South, 6th Floor
Lincoln, NE 68509

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