Meetings at the U.S. Department of Education
On September 2, I drove into Washington D.C. for a 9 a.m. meeting with Glenn Cummings, deputy assistant secretary at the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE). For the first half of the one-hour meeting, we were joined by Larry Teverbaugh and Andrea Foster-Mack of K2Share to talk about CareerSafe, its current value and use in public career and technical education programs, and then we raised some ideas as to how to expand its use to help students earn their 10-hour OSHA card. The second 30 minutes was on funding of CTSOs and support in the states. While at the department, we also met with Margaret Romer, deputy director, Division of Academic and Technical Education (and one of our speakers from the department during the Washington Leadership Training Institute this month). We also met with our old friend Larry Case of National FFA, and FFA specialist Steve Brown to discuss some current FFA initiatives to recruit Ag instructors and how we might do something similar across the CTE community. I’m sure teacher recruitment will be a topic during our upcoming meeting with the student organization executive directors.