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January 19, 2020

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A New Read on Vocational Education
Last Featured: 9/12/2005

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[A special broadcast with the National Forensics League] President Bush has proposed an overhaul of federal vocational education spending by redirecting the $1.3 billion budget to new technical education programs that emphasize academics. This proposed shift in funding leads many to ask if the current system is broken. Does vocational and technical education segregate students by class and limit their opportunities for higher education, or is it the best way to give students the necessary tools to join the 21st century workforce?

Thomas Applegate is the executive dean at Austin Community College in Texas, where he is a primary liaison for the college with business and industry. While at the college he has developed the Austin Competency Analysis Profile which is used to gain business and industry input into the development of competency based curricula. Applegate is also the past president of the Association for Career and Technical Education, and was formerly the associate state director for the Division of Career, Technical and Adult Education in the Ohio Department of Education.

Ross Wiener is a principal partner at the Education Trust. As director of the Education Trust's policy team, he connects policymakers, reporters, and advocates with data, research and examples from the field regarding what can be done to close achievement gaps. Wiener was previously an attorney in the Educational Opportunities section of the Civil Rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice. While there, he investigated and prosecuted violations in school districts across the country; including cases involving desegregation, disability rights, harassment and services for limited-English proficient students.

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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn."

— Writer and Futurist Alvin Toffler

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Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act
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