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04/07/2021 08:00 AM House EDUCATION

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08:03:17 AM Presentation(s): Career & Technical Education (cte): Reports from the Field
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Reports from the Field by
- Northwestern Alaska Career & Technical Center
- Alaska Dept. of Education & Early Development
- Alaska Assoc. for Career & Technical
- Bristol Bay Regional Career & Technical
- Fairbanks North Star Borough School District
- Lower Kuskokwim School District
- Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
- Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC)
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         April 7, 2021                                                                                          
                           8:02 a.m.                                                                                            
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
Representative Harriet Drummond, Co-Chair                                                                                       
Representative Andi Story, Co-Chair                                                                                             
Representative Tiffany Zulkosky                                                                                                 
Representative Grier Hopkins                                                                                                    
Representative Mike Prax                                                                                                        
Representative Mike Cronk                                                                                                       
Representative Ronald Gillham                                                                                                   
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
PRESENTATION(S):   Career & Technical  Education (CTE):   Reports                                                               
from the Field                                                                                                                  
     - HEARD                                                                                                                    
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
DOUG WALRATH, Director                                                                                                          
Northwestern Alaska Career and Technical Center                                                                                 
Nome, Alaska                                                                                                                    
POSITION  STATEMENT:    During   the  presentation  on  Career  &                                                             
Technical Education (CTE):   Reports from the  Field, presented a                                                               
PowerPoint,  titled "Status  of  Career  and Technical  Education                                                               
(CTE) in the Bering Straits  region: A Regional Training Center's                                                               
DEBORAH RIDDLE, Division Operations Manager                                                                                     
Division of Innovation and Education Excellence                                                                                 
Alaska Department of Education and Early Development                                                                            
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:    During   the  presentation  on  Career  &                                                             
Technical Education (CTE):  Reports  from the Field, co-presented                                                               
a  PowerPoint,  titled  "Alaska   Career  &  Technical  Education                                                               
BRAD BILLINGS, Career and Technical Education Administrator                                                                     
Division of Innovation and Education Excellence                                                                                 
Department of Education and Early Development                                                                                   
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:    During   the  presentation  on  Career  &                                                             
Technical Education (CTE):  Reports  from the Field, co-presented                                                               
a  PowerPoint,  titled  "Alaska   Career  &  Technical  Education                                                               
TERI COTHREN, President                                                                                                         
Alaska Association for Career and Technical Education                                                                           
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:    During   the  presentation  on  Career  &                                                             
Technical  Education  (CTE):   Reports  from  the Field,  gave  a                                                               
presentation on  the Alaska Association for  Career and Technical                                                               
ZACH STENSON, Career and Technical Education Director                                                                           
Bristol Bay Regional Career and Technical Education Program                                                                     
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:    During   the  presentation  on  Career  &                                                             
Technical  Education  (CTE):   Reports  from  the Field,  gave  a                                                               
presentation  on the  Bristol Bay  Regional Career  and Technical                                                               
Education Program.                                                                                                              
MATT WIDAMAN, Work Experience & Workforce Coordinator                                                                           
Career and Technical Education                                                                                                  
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District                                                                                         
Soldotna, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION  STATEMENT:    During   the  presentation  on  Career  &                                                             
Technical  Education  (CTE):   Reports  from  the Field,  gave  a                                                               
presentation about  Career and Technical  Education in  the Kenai                                                               
Peninsula Borough School District                                                                                               
COLIN STEWART, Coordinator                                                                                                      
Career and Technical Education                                                                                                  
Lower Kuskokwim School District                                                                                                 
Bethel, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:    During   the  presentation  on  Career  &                                                             
Technical Education (CTE):   Reports from the  Field, presented a                                                               
Career and  Technical Education Report  from the  Lower Kuskokwim                                                               
School District.                                                                                                                
JONI SIMPSON, Director                                                                                                          
Career and Technical Education                                                                                                  
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District                                                                                    
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:    During   the  presentation  on  Career  &                                                             
Technical Education (CTE):  Reports  from the Field, presented on                                                               
the  Fairbanks North  Star Borough  School District's  Career and                                                               
Technical Education Program.                                                                                                    
CATHY LECOMPTE, Division Director                                                                                               
Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC)                                                                                      
Department of Labor and Workforce Development                                                                                   
Seward, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:    During   the  presentation  on  Career  &                                                             
Technical  Education  (CTE):   Reports  from  the Field,  gave  a                                                               
presentation on the Alaska Vocational Technical Center.                                                                         
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
8:02:07 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR  STORY called  the  House  Education Standing  Committee                                                             
meeting to order  at 8:02 a.m.   Representatives Drummond, Cronk,                                                               
Gillham, Hopkins,  Prax, and  Story were present  at the  call to                                                               
order.   Representative Zulkosky arrived (via  teleconference) as                                                               
the meeting was in progress.                                                                                                    
^PRESENTATION(S):   Career & Technical Education  (CTE):  Reports                                                               
from the Field                                                                                                                  
8:03:17 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR STORY  announced that the  only order of  business would                                                               
be  a  presentation  on  Career   &  Technical  Education  (CTE):                                                               
Reports from the Field.                                                                                                         
8:04:43 AM                                                                                                                    
DOUG WALRATH, Director, Northwestern  Alaska Career and Technical                                                               
Center,  began his  presentation on  slide 1  by introducing  the                                                               
Northwestern  Alaska Career  and Technical  Center (NACTEC).   He                                                               
explained  that  NACTEC  is   the  Nome-based  regional  training                                                               
center.  The organization is  a cross district partnership of the                                                               
Bering Strait School District, Nome  Public Schools, and the City                                                               
of Nome.   The center  is supported  by the Alaska  Department of                                                               
Education  and  Early  Development (DEED)  with  boarding  school                                                               
stipends  and   a  residential  training  program,   and  by  the                                                               
Department  of  Labor  and   Workforce  Development  (DLWD)  with                                                               
Technical  and  Vocational   Education  Program  (TVEP)  funding.                                                               
Villages as far north as Shishmaref,  as far west as St. Lawrence                                                               
Island, and  all around  Norton Sound are  served by  NACTEC, Mr.                                                               
Walrath explained.  Students fly in for residential training.                                                                   
MR. WALRATH read  from the next slide,  titled, "NACTEC Community                                                               
Technical  Education   (CTE)  Focus,"   which  read   as  follows                                                               
[original punctuation provided]:                                                                                                
     1. NACTEC  delivers variable  term (2-4  week intensive                                                                    
     formats)   residential  CTE   programs  aligning   with                                                                    
     priority   industries:    Healthcare,   Transportation,                                                                    
     Construction,    Hospitality    &   Tourism,    Seafood                                                                    
     Harvesting & Processing.                                                                                                   
                  • Northwest Area Health Education Center                                                                      
                    (NW AHEC)                                                                                                   
                  • DMV 3rd Party Examiner/Approved D.E.                                                                        
                  • AVTEC Maritime: USCG certified training                                                                     
                  • UAF-CTC:  FAA     approval    Aviation                                                                      
                   Maintenance (dual credit)                                                                                    
8:08:00 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  Walrath shared  slide 3,  titled "CTE  Training =  Workforce                                                               
Development Alignment."   He  explained the  NACTEC works  so its                                                               
courses align  with what is happening  in the region.   The first                                                               
article on the  slide showed a new project to  be funded in Nome,                                                               
and  Mr. Walrath  pointed out  that  this would  create need  for                                                               
commercial  driver  licenses (CDLs).    The  second article  also                                                               
suggested a future need for  heavy equipment operators, requiring                                                               
more CDLs.                                                                                                                      
MR.  WALRATH  directed  attention  to  slide  4,  "COVID-Impacted                                                               
Environment."   He  explained that  students who  would otherwise                                                               
have had  twenty-five plus  CTE offerings have  not been  able to                                                               
fly in.   The organization  aligns with two school  districts, so                                                               
NACTEC  shifted its  staff to  semester-based education  for Nome                                                               
Public Schools  and was able  to offer  a wide array  of training                                                               
that otherwise would not have been  available in that format.  He                                                               
stated  that NACTEC  has also  delivered a  limited adult  Driver                                                               
Education  training with  a one-on-one  environment for  COVID-19                                                               
safety protocols.                                                                                                               
8:10:11 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  WALRATH shared  slide 5,  "Distance Delivery  CTE    Virtual                                                               
Environment."   He  explained  that NACTEC  wanted  to create  an                                                               
interface where students  could come to Nome in  a virtual world,                                                               
so they could  explore NACTEC's facilities.   The slide displayed                                                               
3D  scans giving  a "dollhouse  view" of  the residential  living                                                               
center and the auto shop.   He said this information is available                                                               
at www.nacteconline.org.   The interactive site  is embedded with                                                               
information-rich tags, so  a viewer can learn more  about a given                                                               
MR. WALRATH  shared slide  6, "Distance  Delivery CTE  - Course,"                                                               
which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                          
        • Small Engine Repair  29 videos                                                                                        
        • Intro to Aviation  15 videos                                                                                          
        • Intro to Healthcare                                                                                                   
        • Heavy Equipment Operator                                                                                              
        • Flux Core Arc Welding                                                                                                 
        • Potential Statewide Delivery w/ DEED                                                                                  
MR. WALRATH explained that NACTEC  decided to offer five distance                                                               
delivery  courses.   The organization  produced  videos to  share                                                               
information about traditionally hands-on courses.                                                                               
8:13:28 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  WALRATH  turned  to  slide   7,  "Distance  Delivery  CTE  -                                                               
Aviation."   He  explained  that NACTEC  redesigned its  website,                                                               
giving access  to the  Intro to Aviation  course and  to Aviation                                                               
Ground  School.    He  said  that  NACTEC  already  had  aviation                                                               
training devices in village schools  thanks to a Federal Aviation                                                               
Administration  (FAA)  grant.   The  students  use a  "GoogleDoc"                                                               
flight log  to enter their flights,  and NACTEC is able  to track                                                               
who is using it and who is interested in aviation.                                                                              
MR.  WALRATH directed  attention to  slide 8,  "Distance Delivery                                                               
CTE -  Healthcare."  He stated  that NACTEC is offering  an Intro                                                               
to  Health  Course,  QPR  -  Suicide  Prevention,  and  bandaging                                                               
workshops for junior-high students.                                                                                             
MR.  WALRATH  presented  the final  slide  of  his  presentation,                                                               
"NACTEC Legislative  Emphasis."  He  explained that there  were a                                                               
few things  he wanted to draw  attention towards.  The  first was                                                               
HB 100  "Extend Workforce  Invest Board  Allocations" which  is a                                                               
TVEP reauthorization bill,  which NACTEC had been  a recipient of                                                               
since  2009.   The  second item  was  DEED residential  stipends,                                                               
which they did  not receive this year because they  were not able                                                               
to deliver residential training.  The  last item to which he drew                                                               
attention was  the Alaska  Education Tax Credit.   He  noted that                                                               
the tax  credit was stripped  in 2018  of a program  that allowed                                                               
business  and industry  to make  contributions  to programs  like                                                               
NACTEC.  From  2010  to  2019 the  Alaska  Education  Tax  Credit                                                               
represented  twenty-eight percent  of NACTEC's  operating budget.                                                               
In  2020 and  2021 it  is now  12 percent  of NACTEC's  operating                                                               
budget, Mr. Walrath said.                                                                                                       
8:17:20 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  PRAX asked  how  many students  went through  the                                                               
program in a year.                                                                                                              
MR. WALRATH replied that in  recent years the organization served                                                               
above 400 students in a year.                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE PRAX  asked how students  were doing  at obtaining                                                               
employment, and if that was in the region or elsewhere.                                                                         
MR.  WALRATH  directed  attention  to the  homepage  of  NACTEC's                                                               
website, which  displays NACTEC's  "success series posters."   He                                                               
pointed out  that there  is also  a tab  for graduates  to submit                                                               
information,   but    he   didn't   have   the    exact   number.                                                               
Qualitatively, he  said, students are seen  [working] around Nome                                                               
and in their villages, as well.                                                                                                 
8:19:24 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  DRUMMOND   asked  about  the   Alaska  Vocational                                                               
Technical Center (AVTEC)  maritime program in Seward.   She asked                                                               
how  maritime training  differed once  training was  relocated to                                                               
MR. WALRATH replied that NACTEC's  partnership with AVTEC permits                                                               
the delivery  of Coastguard certified  programs through  the Nome                                                               
Campus.  He said that AVTEC  staff comes up and teams with NACTEC                                                               
staff to  deliver the  training.  Bringing  students in  from the                                                               
villages and  instructors up from  AVTEC permits a lower  cost of                                                               
training  and  gives  the  students exposure  to  AVTEC  in  high                                                               
school, he explained.  He said  the students can then continue on                                                               
from their introduction to nautical skills into seaman training.                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   DRUMMOND   clarified   that   this   meant   the                                                               
government-certified  United States  Coast Guard  (USCG) training                                                               
was not available  in Nome unless the certified  AVTEC crew comes                                                               
MR. WALRATH replied  that Representative Drummond's understanding                                                               
was correct, and  that NACTEC needs a certified  instructor.  The                                                               
two  organizations  have had  the  relationship  for three  years                                                               
prior to this past COVID-19-impacted year.                                                                                      
8:21:46 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR STORY asked  that any further questions  be submitted to                                                               
her office so the committee could  move on to the next presenter.                                                               
She  commented  that  since  students  were  not  coming  in  for                                                               
residential, the  program had switched  to a semester  system and                                                               
now had more Nome students, and  she asked if NACTEC had plans to                                                               
continue that collaboration.                                                                                                    
8:22:38 AM                                                                                                                    
DEBORAH   RIDDLE,  Division   Operations  Manager,   Division  of                                                               
Innovation and  Education Excellence,  introduced herself  to the                                                               
8:22:55 AM                                                                                                                    
BRAD  BILLINGS,  Career  and Technical  Education  Administrator,                                                               
Division   of  Innovation   and   Education  Excellence,   Alaska                                                               
Department  of  Education  and  Early  Development  ,  introduced                                                               
himself to the committee.                                                                                                       
8:23:07 AM                                                                                                                    
MS.  RIDDLE  directed  attention  to  slide  2.    She  told  the                                                               
committee members that the department's  mission is to provide an                                                               
excellent education  for every  student every  day.   She pointed                                                               
out a  phrase from DEED's  vision, to help "shape  worthwhile and                                                               
satisfying  lives."    Ms.  Riddle  said  that  with  Career  and                                                               
Technical  Education  (CTE)  partners,   [DEED]  strives  to  set                                                               
students up  to earn a  living wage in  a career pathway  that is                                                               
meaningful to  them.   She explained  that the  presentations are                                                               
about  how DEED's  partners are  helping students  do that.   She                                                               
said  the  department  does  this  by  providing  information  to                                                               
partners and [school] districts.                                                                                                
MS.  RIDDLE moved  to slide  3,  "Alaska's Education  Challenge."                                                               
She  highlighted the  second point  on  the slide  which read  as                                                               
follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                        
     2.Increase career, technical, and culturally relevant                                                                      
     education to meet student and workforce needs                                                                              
MS. RIDDLE explained that CTE  works very strongly with partners.                                                               
She said that there is a  community that is working with students                                                               
and adults of  all ages to try to [help  students achieve] living                                                               
wage jobs as they move forward in their lives.                                                                                  
8:24:26 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  BILLINGS   moved  onto  slide  4   regarding  post-secondary                                                               
institutions.   Mr.  Billings  emphasized  that partnerships  are                                                               
integral to  the department's  goals, and  that CTE  is effective                                                               
because  of  partnerships.    He explained  the  idea  of  taking                                                               
students  beyond the  classroom  to work  opportunities with  the                                                               
goal of  high-skill, high-wage jobs.   He the  directed attention                                                               
to a  graphic in the  corner of the  slide and said  the programs                                                               
within [Alaska's] high schools are  in the lower-left circle with                                                               
an arrow  on it.   That  is DEED funding  that flows  through the                                                               
division.   He shared that  these are Carl Perkins  federal funds                                                               
designed  to promote  CTE opportunities  to high  schools.   Then                                                               
[there  are] the  state  formula funds  that  are distributed  to                                                               
schools, which is state money, he explained.                                                                                    
MR.  BILLINGS acknowledged  some  organizations  that serve  high                                                               
schools  and secondary  schools and  are pushing  students beyond                                                               
the  classroom.   The  first of  which are  known  as Career  and                                                               
Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs).   The state has seven of                                                               
these,  he   explained,  offering  Future  Farmers   of  America,                                                               
Educators  Rising,  and  Business  Professionals  of  America  as                                                               
examples.    These  are organizations,  he  explained,  that  are                                                               
providing students  with a  leadership opportunity,  and allowing                                                               
them to move out into the  community and into the workplace.  The                                                               
second organization [in the graphic]  is Alaska's Association for                                                               
Career and  Technical Education (ACTE).   He explained  that this                                                               
is  a   local  organization   that  is   linked  to   a  national                                                               
organization   that  advocates   and  collaborates   with  school                                                               
districts  and  other stakeholders  to  develop  and promote  CTE                                                               
MR. BILLINGS reiterated  that while the figure in  the corner [of                                                               
the  slide]  represents  what  is  happening  through  DEED,  the                                                               
partnerships involved  create links.   Linking  to post-secondary                                                               
institutions  through dual  credit systems  allows students  both                                                               
high school credit,  as well as credit in  university systems, or                                                               
through  technical   and  trade   schools  or   institutions,  he                                                               
continued.    The  other   important  partnership,  Mr.  Billings                                                               
explained, is  through employers and industry  through work-based                                                               
learning.  He explained that  the career information system helps                                                               
students research  what careers are  available to them,  clear up                                                               
to an apprenticeship,  a formal arrangement with  an employer, or                                                               
a  work  release  type  situation.   That,  he  said,  is  moving                                                               
students out  into the workplace.   He stated that  DEED partners                                                               
with  industry through  many of  the adult  training institutions                                                               
that  DLWD  delivers.   Again,  he  stated,  this is  all  moving                                                               
students towards high-wage, high-skill jobs.                                                                                    
8:27:53 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  BILLINGS   introduced  slide  5,  "Secondary   CTE  Resource                                                               
Ecosystem."   Again, he emphasized the  partnerships involved and                                                               
proceeded to explain the program  funding.  The division receives                                                               
$5.1 million  from Carl  Perkins federal  funds, he  informed the                                                               
committee  members.   He explained  that  eighty-five percent  of                                                               
that moves directly through to  school districts and to a handful                                                               
of postsecondary stakeholders.  On top  of that, he said, CTE has                                                               
$17.6 million from  [ the Base Student  Allocation (BSA) formula]                                                               
funds  [from the  state of  Alaska].   Within [the  BSA] formula,                                                               
1.015  percent  is  directed towards  school  districts  for  CTE                                                               
activities.    Though not  strictly  tracked,  he explained  that                                                               
larger districts may  be putting more money  towards their strong                                                               
CTE programs.   Mr. billings said that then  CTE expands outwards                                                               
with private  government grants to  secondary schools.   He noted                                                               
that this is  not something the division is measuring,  but it is                                                               
impactful.  An  even larger resource pool, he  continued, are the                                                               
post-secondary   government   institutions,    the   DOLWD,   the                                                               
University of Alaska [UA] system,  and training institutions like                                                               
the  TVEP training  institution.   Beyond that,  he said,  is the                                                               
industries,  and  [the  funds]  they  are  spending  on  training                                                               
employees  and developing  work  force pipelines.   He  concluded                                                               
that  there is  a large  ecosystem, of  which DEED's  piece is  a                                                               
small piece,  but the  key is magnifying  and linking  that small                                                               
piece to these larger resources.                                                                                                
8:30:05 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.   BILLINGS  introduced   slide  6,   "Career  and   Technical                                                               
Education: Cluster to  Course."  He stated that  the Carl Perkins                                                               
Funding focuses  DEED on programs  of study.   He noted  that the                                                               
diagram  of organizational  structures on  the slide  begins with                                                               
the [outer sphere] "Career Cluster,"  with "Health Science" as an                                                               
example.  He informed committee  members that there are 16 career                                                               
clusters   [such  as   Health   Science]   that  are   recognized                                                               
nationally.  The diagram then moves  down to the smallest unit of                                                               
management, he  explained, which is  a "Course," or  a classroom.                                                               
He offered his experience when he  was in middle school and first                                                               
introduced  to  CTE in  a  stand-alone  course, "Introduction  to                                                               
Woodshop."   He  noted that  it  didn't necessarily  link him  to                                                               
employment  opportunities,  credits,  or credentials  beyond  the                                                               
classroom.   He  argued that  [CTE  programs have]  gotten a  lot                                                               
smarter and  more intentional in  how [the programs]  are linking                                                               
those things.   He pointed to  the middle circle of  the diagram,                                                               
the "Program of Study/CTEPS" and  explained that this is the unit                                                               
of organization and  management in the high  school and secondary                                                               
level that is the program of study.                                                                                             
8:31:29 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. BILLINGS  introduced slide  7, "High  Quality CTE  Program of                                                               
Study."    He  began  by  stating that  a  program  of  study  is                                                               
responsive to  demand.   He recalled  Mr. Walrath  mentioning the                                                               
deep water port that was being put  into Nome.  That is a demand,                                                               
Mr. Billings  explained, that  is going to  need workers,  and so                                                               
the  Career and  Technical  Education Programs  of Study  (CTEPS)                                                               
should be responsive to local,  regional, and state-level demand.                                                               
The second thing, Mr. Billings  continued, is it should allow for                                                               
students  to develop  career awareness  and to  explore different                                                               
careers.    The  third  thing  that a  CTEPS  should  provide  is                                                               
multiple "stacked"  courses, he  said.  He  argued that  it's not                                                               
just dabbling in  woodshop and then going over and  taking a Home                                                               
Economics  course and  never the  two shall  meet.   He suggested                                                               
rather that  these are courses  that are moving the  student from                                                               
exploratory  and employability  skills to  technical skills  that                                                               
can  then be  applied in  the workplace.   The  fourth thing  CTE                                                               
should provide is representative  of existing standards academic,                                                               
employability,  and then  from the  industry side  with technical                                                               
standards.   He  said  that the  additional  characteristic of  a                                                               
program  of  study is  that  it  is  focused on  credentials  and                                                               
credits that  apply after  the student graduates.   He  said this                                                               
could be dual  credit with the university, or it  could be having                                                               
a leg  up in a  training program  such as AVTEC  upon graduation.                                                               
He  concluded  that a  program  of  study focuses  on  work-based                                                               
learning and moving beyond the classroom.   He said this could be                                                               
a registered  apprenticeship or work-based credit  that a student                                                               
can get while in school.                                                                                                        
8:33:44 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  BILLINGS   presented  slide  8,  "CTE   Partnerships."    He                                                               
explained  that Carl  Perkins funding  requires a  local advisory                                                               
committee  and  consultation with  the  committee  on an  ongoing                                                               
basis.   He  said as  school districts  develop a  CTE plan,  the                                                               
districts  gather  industry   representatives,  parents,  student                                                               
representatives,  and  different  stakeholders.    The  districts                                                               
consult the  stakeholders to get  a sense  of what is  needed and                                                               
what the interest  is in, which is an  important partnership that                                                               
happens locally, he shared.  He  then gave an endorsement to what                                                               
Mr. Walrath said  about the TVEP reauthorization  and pointed out                                                               
that DEED  is not supervising  or handling the funding  that goes                                                               
into the TVEP  institutions.  He stated  that [TVEP institutions]                                                               
have been  amazing at intentionally  reaching out to  high school                                                               
students and  have partnered with  DEED and have been  present at                                                               
school   district  training   events  to   make  sure   that  the                                                               
institutions  are  connecting  with those  upcoming  high  school                                                               
MR.  BILLINGS said  UA has  an Alaska  transition coalition.   He                                                               
explained that DEED  has partnered with the  universities and sat                                                               
elbow to elbow at some  training events with representatives from                                                               
the various  UA campuses and  systems. This is  important because                                                               
those  arrangements are  made  between a  school  district and  a                                                               
local or  regional campus, he  stated.  Having  those individuals                                                               
from  the  University  of   Alaska  Transition  Coalition  (UATC)                                                               
sitting elbow  to elbow with school  district CTE representatives                                                               
has been vital and important and  is something DEED would like to                                                               
continue,  he  said.    These  are  just  some  examples  of  the                                                               
partnerships that DEED is expanding, he said.                                                                                   
8:36:23 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  BILLINGS  presented  slide 9,  "Integrated  Career  Pathways                                                               
Model."     He  explained  that   this  is  an   illustration  to                                                               
demonstrate  the   same  idea  [from   the  previous   slide]  of                                                               
partnerships.  In the past, it  could be that the split arrow was                                                               
actually two  separate arrows,  he said  referring to  the slide.                                                               
There was what was happening in  schools, and then there were the                                                               
larger  training  and  opportunities for  adults,  he  explained.                                                               
About two decades ago there  was an intentional effort nationally                                                               
so  that the  programs of  studies being  built in  schools would                                                               
feed into  what students  would face  as adults,  he said.   [The                                                               
goal is]  to provide  opportunities and a  leg up  for [student's                                                               
futures],   he  said.     He   argued   that  this   illustration                                                               
reemphasized that CTEPS  is designed to flow into  what the adult                                                               
opportunities are going to be.                                                                                                  
MR.  BILLINGS  presented  slide  10,  "COVID-19  Flexibility  and                                                               
Innovation."  He declared that the  elephant in the room has been                                                               
the interruption  caused by  COVID-19.   He said  normally school                                                               
districts need to  spend federal funds by June  30; however, DEED                                                               
was able to  work with the U.S. Department of  Education to allow                                                               
for some flexibility for districts  to carry those funds forward.                                                               
He noted that there  was a lot of travel that  was planned in the                                                               
spring of 2020  that didn't happen, and so there  were funds that                                                               
were  [left  unused].    Rather  than  gathering  that  back,  he                                                               
explained that DEED wanted to  make sure that the districts still                                                               
had access to those funds.                                                                                                      
MR. BILLINGS  said that in the  spring of 2020 DEED  had a weekly                                                               
collaborative call  that was a  gathering of school  district CTE                                                               
representatives via  webinar to talk  about issues.   He reminded                                                               
the committee members  that things were changing  daily then, and                                                               
so  [it was  important  to]  talk about  challenges  to CTE  [and                                                               
share]  solutions that  were bubbling  up across  the state.   He                                                               
shared that  DEED has two  annual conferences:  one  is supported                                                               
by the  ACTE, the other  by DEED.   Both of those,  he continued,                                                               
happened virtually,  and so DEED  was able to continue  with that                                                               
training and partnership even though  [CTE professionals] are not                                                               
meeting face  to face as  they were in  the past.   He recognized                                                               
the  school  districts  and   post-secondary  partners,  and  the                                                               
innovation and efforts involved in the past year.                                                                               
MR. BILLINGS  concluded by addressing slide  11, "CTE Resources,"                                                               
which lists resources  available on DEED's webpage  and slide 12,                                                               
"Contact  Information," which  gave contact  information for  Ms.                                                               
Riddle and Mr. Billings.                                                                                                        
8:39:33 AM                                                                                                                    
MS.  RIDDLE,  regarding  Slide  11,  directed  attention  to  the                                                               
"Alaska CTE  Perkins State  Plan," explaining  that this  was the                                                               
plan that  DEED created in  response to the new  legislation that                                                               
reauthorized the Carl  Perkins program.  The link  from the slide                                                               
discusses DEED's goals  and ideas moving forward.   She explained                                                               
that the plan was done  collaboratively with many of the partners                                                               
addressing the  committee members  today.   She also  pointed out                                                               
the  "Alaska Work-Based  Learning Guide"  that DEED  created last                                                               
year in partnership with DLWD,  DCCED, and some of the districts.                                                               
She then offered to field questions.                                                                                            
8:40:34 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE PRAX asked if specific  trades, skills, or classes                                                               
were set at the federal, state, or community level.                                                                             
MR.  BILLINGS  replied  that  federally there  are  a  number  of                                                               
designators for  different types  of courses  to try  and provide                                                               
consistency.    However,  he continued,  the  program  was  built                                                               
locally, so  school districts define  the courses they  have, and                                                               
[the  districts] would  develop  the curriculum.   If  partnering                                                               
with  a specific  industry or  organization, [the  districts] may                                                               
use  that organization's  curriculum and  course work.   He  said                                                               
that  is up  to the  school district  to develop.   Carl  Perkins                                                               
funds  [must]  be  used  to  respond  to  an  economic  need,  he                                                               
explained.    What   the  data  shows  is   that  the  developing                                                               
industries  may partner  with a  training institution  or another                                                               
school  district  to  build  a  course  Mr.  Billings  explained,                                                               
arguing that courses are ultimately developed locally.                                                                          
8:42:18 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR STORY  asked if DEED had  a list of CTE  programs in the                                                               
state by district and/or school  so there was information on each                                                               
region  and  area.    If  not, she  noted  she  would  find  that                                                               
information helpful to have, including  a list of the dual credit                                                               
opportunities.   She stated that  it is important for  members of                                                               
the committee to know what is happening with the CTE world.                                                                     
MR. BILLINGS  replied DEED was  approving courses  funded through                                                               
Carl  Perkins  funds  and  tracking  those  CTEPS,  and  that  is                                                               
something DEED should be able to  compile.  He explained that the                                                               
arrangements  for dual  credits  are managed  locally, through  a                                                               
particular  campus  through  an  articulation  agreement.    That                                                               
information  could   be  gathered  by  reaching   out  to  school                                                               
districts, he offered,  and so DEED should be able  to provide an                                                               
8:44:14 AM                                                                                                                    
TERI  COTHREN,  President,  Alaska  Association  for  Career  and                                                               
Technical Education (Alaska ACET),  thanked the committee members                                                               
for  the   opportunity  to  discuss   the  association   and  the                                                               
importance of CTE  for the state of Alaska.   She stated that she                                                               
would  provide   an  overview  of   the  Alaska  ACTE,   how  the                                                               
association's initiatives  are supporting  CTE across  the state,                                                               
and  a few  data points  to  demonstrate the  importance of  CTE,                                                               
especially  as  [CTE  providers]   work  together  to  assist  in                                                               
Alaska's economic recovery.                                                                                                     
MS. COTHREN  presented slide  2, "Our Mission  and Vision."   She                                                               
shared  that  Alaska  ACTE's  board members  are  united  in  the                                                               
mission to ensure all Alaska  students have access to quality CTE                                                               
across  Alaska  secondary  districts  and  across  post-secondary                                                               
providers.    She said  that  as  an association,  Alaska  ACTE's                                                               
broader  vision  highlights  the   value  of  education  and  its                                                               
commitment  to  supporting  partnerships  between  educators  and                                                               
industry to address Alaska's workforce needs.                                                                                   
8:45:25 AM                                                                                                                    
MS.  COTHREN  presented  slide  3,  which  listed  the  Board  of                                                               
Directors.   She shared the  Board of Directors was  comprised of                                                               
volunteers from across  the state who work in  both secondary and                                                               
post-secondary  education.    She   noted  that  Alaska  ACTE  is                                                               
fortunate  to  have an  ex-officio  board  member from  the  DEED                                                               
which,  as Mr.  Billings  and  Mr. Walrath  mentioned,  is a  key                                                               
partner of Alaska ACTE.                                                                                                         
MS.  COTHREN  presented  slide   4,  "Alaska  Economic  and  ACTE                                                               
Regions."   She  stated that  several  of the  board members  are                                                               
representative of Alaska's six economic  regions.  Board members'                                                               
active  participation  on  the board  and  within  their  regions                                                               
strengthens Alaska ACTE's ability as  an association to carry out                                                               
its mission  and provide the  mechanism to connect  with partners                                                               
across the state, she shared.                                                                                                   
MS.  COTHREN next  moved onto  slide 5,  "National Affiliation  &                                                               
Member Benefits."   She explained  that about four years  ago the                                                               
association  joined the  national  ACTE to  become an  affiliated                                                               
association.   She said this  expanded Alaska ACTE's  benefits to                                                               
their members, including Alaska  ACTE's ability as an association                                                               
to  offer continuing  education through  the CTE  learning portal                                                               
that  provides CTE  professionals access  to over  170 self-paced                                                               
online courses and the opportunity  for college credit.  She said                                                               
the  association's affiliation  with National  ACTE provides  the                                                               
award  winners the  opportunity to  be recognized  at a  regional                                                               
level.    This also  expands  recognition  of CTE  excellence  in                                                               
Alaska, she pointed  out.  She said that as  a state association,                                                               
Alaska ACTE  publishes three newsletters  each year  to highlight                                                               
CTE around  the state and  to keep  their members updated  on CTE                                                               
activities.   She said Alaska  ACTE also maintains a  website and                                                               
social media presence to elevate  the awareness and importance of                                                               
CTE.   As advocating  for CTE is  essential to  the association's                                                               
mission, the board members appreciate  opportunities such as this                                                               
hearing  to advocate  for CTE.    She mentions  that another  way                                                               
Alaska ACTE has provided advocacy,  is to work with their members                                                               
to  pass  resolutions  of  support for  CTE  legislation.    Most                                                               
recently  Alaska   ACTE  passed   a  resolution  of   support  to                                                               
reauthorize  the technical  vocational program  that has  already                                                               
been mentioned  by the previous presenters,  an important program                                                               
to  provide  stable  funding  for  CTE across  the  state.    The                                                               
legislation introduced  last legislative  session by  Chair Story                                                               
to provide  avenues for  students to  incorporate CTE  into their                                                               
APS  application is  also  a resolution  of  support Alaska  ACTE                                                               
8:47:59 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. COTHREN introduced slide 6,"Alaska  ACTE Clearinghouse."  She                                                               
highlighted  two additional  ways  the  association is  providing                                                               
professional  development  and  networking  opportunities  as  an                                                               
association  to their  members and  the state.   In  2019, Alaska                                                               
ACTE  decided to  take  the  lead in  responding  to a  long-time                                                               
request of CTE educators and  administrators, she said, who asked                                                               
for a clearinghouse that would  help with onboarding by providing                                                               
access to  CTE resources,  but also  stand and  leverage existing                                                               
quality  and  diverse  resources that  enhance  students'  career                                                               
pathways and help to improve  alignment and provide a platform to                                                               
work with  peers.  She explained  that the association is  in the                                                               
development phase and  is targeted to be  fully operational later                                                               
this year.                                                                                                                      
MS.   COTHREN  presented   slide  7,   "Professional  Development                                                               
Conference."  She  stated that each year the  association hosts a                                                               
professional  development  conference  to  bring  CTE  educators,                                                               
administrators,  and industry  together  to  learn, network,  and                                                               
grow  CTE.   She  explained  that  the association  utilized  the                                                               
opportunity that  2020 presented to  host its first  ever virtual                                                               
conference  last   October.    While  the   survey  results  were                                                               
positive, she  continued, Alaska ACTE  hopes to deliver  the next                                                               
conference in  person this fall  in response to  members' request                                                               
to  be  able to  access  the  hands  on training  and  additional                                                               
networking opportunities that the in-person conference provides.                                                                
8:49:29 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. COTHREN  directed attention to slide  8, "Awards, celebrating                                                               
excellence  in  CTE."    She  stated  that  a  highlight  of  the                                                               
conference is the awards luncheon,  where the association has the                                                               
privilege   to  recognize   the  outstanding   work  of   the  CT                                                               
professionals across  Alaska.  She  explained that  award winners                                                               
are nominated by peers in the  six categories shown on the slide:                                                               
CTE  Teacher of  the  Year,  New CTE  Teacher  of  the Year,  CTE                                                               
Leadership  Award,  Community   Service  Award,  Career  Guidance                                                               
Award, and Innovative Program Award.                                                                                            
MS. COTHREN  introduced slide 9, "2020  Community Service Award."                                                               
She highlighted one of the recent  award winners, noting it was a                                                               
great example [considering the social  effects of COVID-19].  The                                                               
Bering  Strait School  District (BSSD)  CTE Program  received the                                                               
2020  Community  Service  Award, she  shared,  for  manufacturing                                                               
personal  protective equipment  (PPE).   As  the  urgency of  the                                                               
pandemic  increased, PPE  for regional  first responders,  health                                                               
care  providers, and  seafood industry  workers became  extremely                                                               
difficult to  obtain, she  explained.   The Bering  Strait School                                                               
District stepped  up and mobilized  their CTE program  to produce                                                               
PPE  for essential  workers throughout  the  region, Ms.  Cothern                                                               
said.   She  informed the  committee  that the  BSSD CTE  program                                                               
produced 1,200  three-dimensional (3D)  printed face  shields and                                                               
countless  cloth masks.   The  PPE  was produced  in record  time                                                               
under challenging  circumstances and was  in the hands  of people                                                               
before the national  supply chain was able  to adequately respond                                                               
to  their regional  needs, she  stated.   She concluded  that the                                                               
program's  success  contributed  to   the  Norton  Sound  Seafood                                                               
Products' processing season, concluding  this September without a                                                               
single COVID-19 case.                                                                                                           
8:51:06 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. COTHREN presented slide 10,  "Value of CTE."  She highlighted                                                               
a  few points  that show  how critical  CTE is  to Alaska's  work                                                               
force and  economy, especially  in a  time of  economic recovery.                                                               
She explained  that CTE programs  in Alaska prepare  students for                                                               
highly  technical  careers  in oil  and  gas,  mining,  maritime,                                                               
healthcare,  aviation,  information  technology, and  much  more.                                                               
She explained  that the data  shows that when  secondary students                                                               
concentrate  in a  CTE pathway,  they graduate  at a  higher rate                                                               
than  their  peers, with  a  graduation  rate  of 95  precent  in                                                               
Alaska.   She noted that  41 percent  of Alaska CTE  students are                                                               
economically disadvantaged,  a trend  that has  been on  the rise                                                               
for five years.  Through  CTE secondary pathways, there are often                                                               
opportunities for  students to access college  credit, helping to                                                               
close the  equity gap and increase  transitions to post-secondary                                                               
and  employment.   She pointed  out that  there are  thousands of                                                               
Alaskans enrolled  in secondary and post-secondary  CTE programs,                                                               
obtaining  skills that  lead to  employment or  to advance  their                                                               
careers.  Ms.  Cothren noted that this is  especially critical at                                                               
this time  [because of the  effects of COVID-19 on  the economy].                                                               
When  considering  Alaskans  who   have  been  displaced  by  the                                                               
pandemic,   she  explained,   CTE  pathways   provide  short-term                                                               
training  opportunities to  "re-skill"  and "up-skill"  Alaskans,                                                               
getting  them   back  to  work,  strengthening   employment,  and                                                               
boosting  Alaska's economic  recovery.   Ms. Cothren  thanked the                                                               
committee members for  supporting CTE in Alaska.  She  said it is                                                               
good for Alaska's students, industries, and the state.                                                                          
8:53:07 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS asked how Alaska  ACTE is working to build                                                               
connections between districts  and local apprenticeship programs,                                                               
so students can be ready to begin careers in the state.                                                                         
MS. COTHREN replied  that the association has  board members that                                                               
are representative of  all six regions across the  state, and the                                                               
board members  regularly network  with school districts  in those                                                               
regions  to  support  all  pathways  of  teaching  CTE  that  are                                                               
inclusive of pre-apprenticeship,  on-the-job, work-based learning                                                               
and  opportunities  that  lead  to  apprenticeships.    She  also                                                               
mentioned  the association's  newsletter  which highlights  those                                                               
opportunities  in  order  to  increase  awareness  of  those  CTE                                                               
pathways that would include apprenticeships.                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS asked whether  the amount of state formula                                                               
funds for CTE funding has been sufficient.                                                                                      
MS.  COTHREN  responded that  she  felt  that question  would  be                                                               
better directed toward DEED.                                                                                                    
8:55:12 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND asked  about board members' affiliations,                                                               
noting that  it would be  helpful to know what  companies, school                                                               
districts, or  other organizations  board members  are affiliated                                                               
with.   She also suggested that  the two graphs on  slide 10 each                                                               
deserve their own  slide.  She stated that [the  slide] has a lot                                                               
of  critical information  that would  help the  committee members                                                               
CO-CHAIR  STORY  asked  what  the   timeline  was  regarding  the                                                               
clearinghouse idea.                                                                                                             
MS. COTHREN replied that Alaska  ACTE is in the development phase                                                               
and  hopes to  have the  clearinghouse fully  operational in  the                                                               
8:57:11 AM                                                                                                                    
ZACH STENSON,  Career and  Technical Education  Director, Bristol                                                               
Bay  Regional Career  and Technical  Education (BBRCTE)  Program,                                                               
began  his  presentation  on  slides   2  and  3,  informing  the                                                               
committee  members that  BBRCTE is  a new  consortium made  up of                                                               
four regional school districts,  including the Bristol Bay Region                                                               
School  District, Dillingham  School  District, Southwest  Region                                                               
School District,  and Lake  and Peninsula  School District.   The                                                               
main  goal of  the consortium  is to  build a  regional workforce                                                               
from the  ground up  and to offer  students the  opportunities to                                                               
learn about  different pathways and different  career options, he                                                               
explained.  The consortium  operates through twenty-one different                                                               
schools,  ranging  in  size  from   several  hundred  to  fifteen                                                               
students,  he  noted.    The  consortium  enables  the  different                                                               
schools  to offer  a consistent  CTE program  to these  different                                                               
sizes  of schools.   He  said that  industry experts  are brought                                                               
into  the classes,  and students  are brought  into the  two main                                                               
hubs,  Dillingham and  Naknek,  four times  a  year for  one-week                                                               
intensives.   The  focus of  those classes,  he explained,  is on                                                               
jobs and  careers that are  in need in  the state and  within the                                                               
region.   The instructors  are experts within  the region  or the                                                               
state, who  are able to take  time to focus on  training students                                                               
and building their skills, he shared.                                                                                           
9:00:17 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. STENSON  moved to slide 4  and spoke to some  shifts taken in                                                               
the  past year  in  CTE to  accommodate not  being  able to  have                                                               
students in  the week-long residential dormitory  [because of the                                                               
pandemic].   One of  the changes was  through a  partnership with                                                               
Honda, he  shared.   He explained that  Honda donated  engines to                                                               
all the  interested communities,  while the instructor  in Naknek                                                               
created a series of lessons  and recordings, allowing students to                                                               
go through  a digital  service technician  training at  their own                                                               
pace.   He drew attention  to the  background image on  the slide                                                               
which  was of  a 12-volt  electrical  kit that  students used  to                                                               
learn how to wire the majority  of appliances on a skiff, as well                                                               
as many electronics  that would be found on  a commercial fishing                                                               
vessel, through  a distance  Zoom program  with an  instructor in                                                               
Dillingham  through the  Alaska Sea  Grant.   The consortium  has                                                               
been able to  shift into its Distance Allied  Health classes with                                                               
students  progressing  towards   a  certified  nursing  assistant                                                               
certificate in a two-year program  thanks to BBRCTE's partnership                                                               
with  the Alaska  Health Education  Center (AHEC),  he said.   He                                                               
said this has helped students  keep progressing through a medical                                                               
terminology program.   He  also noted that  BBRCTE had  made some                                                               
shifts  for aviation,  with students  studying unmanned  aviation                                                               
and fixed-wing  aircraft through a  dual credit program  with the                                                               
Bristol  Bay campus  in  partnership with  a  company in  McGrath                                                               
called Av-STEM.   He  mentioned that  while this  has been  a big                                                               
shift, there are some opportunities  that BBRCTE hasn't been able                                                               
to do in the past.                                                                                                              
MR. STENSON highlighted a recently  completed virtual career fair                                                               
that  was  created in  partnership  with  the region's  community                                                               
development  quota   (CDQ)  group,   the  Bristol   Bay  Economic                                                               
Development  Corporation (BBEDC).    He acknowledged  that it  is                                                               
challenging for students to look  for summer employment or what's                                                               
next without  access to interviews,  and so the  partnerships put                                                               
on the virtual  career fair.  He noted that  there were about 200                                                               
participants  from across  the region  with forty  tables staffed                                                               
with  local,   regional,  state,   and  national   employers  and                                                               
recruiters.  He quoted teacher  Nancy Mills, from Chignik Lagoon,                                                               
as having  said, "Thank you  for putting  this together.   It has                                                               
been so  fun watching lightbulbs  go off and  excited expressions                                                               
on my students' faces.   Students are buzzing with career focused                                                               
conversations.   What  a  great  event."   The  fair  was such  a                                                               
success,  that Mr.  Stenson said  BBRCTE plans  to continue  with                                                               
some version  of the event, because  having such a wide  range of                                                               
presenters and  having so  many students  be able  to participate                                                               
[made it successful].                                                                                                           
9:05:01 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. STENSON  presented slide 5,  "2021-2022 Programs."  He wanted                                                               
to look at some  changes for the next year.   He stated that some                                                               
of the  learning that  BBRCTE had  done in  the past  school year                                                               
focused  on how  the program  can offer  coursework virtually  is                                                               
being filtered  into blended plans  for next  year.  In  the next                                                               
year,   he  continued,   BBRCTE   will  focus   on  welding   and                                                               
fabrication, with four different  weeks scheduled for students to                                                               
come in  and gain their  American welding  society certification.                                                               
In between those  weeks, he explained, each student  will be sent                                                               
home  with a  virtual welding  kit to  their home  communities so                                                               
they  may continue  their welding  practice and  will be  meeting                                                               
once a week  with their instructor as they build  their skills in                                                               
the communities where they do not  have access to a welding shop.                                                               
Through  this platform,  he continued,  they will  be offering  a                                                               
distance aluminum skiff building academy  this summer to help get                                                               
students  further   along  in  their  coursework.     Looking  at                                                               
commercial fishing  coursework, he  said, being  able mix  in the                                                               
12-volt  maritime  electric  kit  in addition  to  the  week-long                                                               
intensives will allow the students to advance further.                                                                          
MR.    STENSON   discussed    a   semester-long    business   and                                                               
entrepreneurship class through Alaska Business  Week.  Next year,                                                               
he  explained,  rather than  just  being  offered as  a  one-week                                                               
intensive, BBRCTE is  looking at how to build  and strengthen the                                                               
program through  a mix  of some  distance coursework  with Alaska                                                               
Business Week and by having them come in, in person.                                                                            
MR.  STENSON  also  mentioned BBRCTE's  hope  that  the  distance                                                               
coursework could  help lead  the program  with its  future goals.                                                               
The  program  is   planning  to  build  more   to  help  students                                                               
transition  into   work  studies  and  internship   programs,  he                                                               
explained.    He  said  he  felt one  of  the  program's  biggest                                                               
weaknesses  is that  there  is  not a  good  system  in place  to                                                               
support students  after finishing their programs.   Regarding the                                                               
question from  earlier in the  meeting of how student  success is                                                               
tracked once  they enter the  workforce, Mr. Stenson  said BBRCTE                                                               
neither  has  a system  for  that  nor  a  good system  to  build                                                               
internships,  but it  is hopeful  that  offering blended  courses                                                               
where students work with their  instructors via distance learning                                                               
will  support the  program in  transitioning  to internships  and                                                               
work study programs.                                                                                                            
9:08:15 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  STENSON moved  on  to slide  6.   He  acknowledged that  the                                                               
program is  only as strong as  its partners.  He  opined that the                                                               
program has been fortunate to  have an incredible leadership team                                                               
of  superintendents that  value  all the  students involved,  not                                                               
just   those  from   their  respective   districts.     He   also                                                               
acknowledged the  CDQ group, the  Bristol Bay  Native Corporation                                                               
(BBNC), DEED,  the University of  Alaska Fairbanks  (UAF) Bristol                                                               
Bay Campus, AVTEC, AHEC, and  most recently Honda.  He reiterated                                                               
that the work  being done is collaborative, and  he believes that                                                               
in the  next year the  ability to collaborate, because  of having                                                               
had so many virtual opportunities  to discuss things, is going to                                                               
MR. STENSON left  the committee with an anecdote  of a successful                                                               
student.  He shared that a  teacher expressed that the reason one                                                               
of her students  was coming to school was because  he was told he                                                               
couldn't just show  up and do the small  engines distance program                                                               
and not do his other courses.   That course was such a driver for                                                               
the student,  Mr. Stenson said,  that he  went on to  receive the                                                               
"Most Valuable Mechanic"  award.  He stressed  the importance and                                                               
the impact of  the CTE program and thanked  the committee members                                                               
for their time.                                                                                                                 
9:10:39 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE PRAX  asked about  the internship program  and how                                                               
BBRCTE is interfacing with employers in the region.                                                                             
MR.  STENSON replied  that  currently  BBRCTE's discussions  with                                                               
both  the  advisory committee  and  with  different employers  is                                                               
focused on what the employer needs  are.  He said BBRCTE hopes to                                                               
launch this  program next year  and is currently  looking through                                                               
rules  and regulations  in terms  of  age and  employment so  the                                                               
program  can  do  this  in  a way  that  will  be  beneficial  to                                                               
employers.    He  clarified   that  BBRCTE's  advisory  committee                                                               
doesn't have  a real framework,  and there  is a lot  of creation                                                               
right now  in how  this can be  done in a  way that  everybody is                                                               
going to  feel comfortable  regarding liability.   He  noted that                                                               
they are  open to  any assistance with  this program  from around                                                               
the state.                                                                                                                      
REPRESENTATIVE PRAX  opined that developing networks  and gaining                                                               
experience are important aspects of the program.                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STORY commented  that in  many districts  and in  other                                                               
countries there  is a requirement  that juniors and  seniors have                                                               
industry partners.                                                                                                              
9:13:02 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND asked how virtual welding kits work.                                                                          
MR. STENSON replied that the  virtual welding kits look like real                                                               
welding kits.  The user puts  on a virtual welding hood, which is                                                               
connected to  the computer, he  explained, and  similar equipment                                                               
to welding guns were still used.   He acknowledged that it is not                                                               
as exciting  or as real as  welding, but it still  gives students                                                               
hands-on practice.                                                                                                              
CO-CHAIR DRUMMOND clarified  that the welding hood  was a virtual                                                               
reality  mask.     She  asked  if  the  hood   led  to  broadband                                                               
availability issues.                                                                                                            
MR. STENSON replied no, broadband is  not an issue, because it is                                                               
a  program that  loads directly  from a  computer, and  welds are                                                               
saved for instructors  to review.  While BBRCTE  is still working                                                               
out the  kinks, he  said, there  is a way  for instructors  to go                                                               
back and review  those welds to be able to  offer weekly coaching                                                               
to  the students.   He  mentioned that  a grant  from the  Alaska                                                               
Community Foundation funds this portion of the program.                                                                         
9:16:27 AM                                                                                                                    
MATT  WIDAMAN, CTE  Specialist,  Kenai  Peninsula Borough  School                                                               
District (KPBSD),  began his presentation and  directed attention                                                               
to slide  2.  He  referred to KPBSD  as a "Microcosm  of Alaska,"                                                               
noting that there  are schools only accessible by  boat or plane,                                                               
as  well as  schools  on the  road  system.   He  noted that  the                                                               
district has forty-two schools,  which have challenges related to                                                               
CTE and student opportunity.                                                                                                    
MR.  WIDAMAN discussed  how COVID-19  affected  the school  year,                                                               
which began remotely.   He explained that the  district is broken                                                               
up into three  sections:  the South Peninsula,  the Eastside, and                                                               
the  Central  Peninsula.    There   are  variations  between  the                                                               
sections,  but  Mr.  Widaman  spoke  to  the  Central  Peninsula,                                                               
because  that's where  the district's  mass numbers  are located.                                                               
He stated that  the district returned to  in-person schooling for                                                               
the months  of September  and October, then  went back  to remote                                                               
schooling November  through January, and then  by mid-January the                                                               
district was back in schools.  He  said KPBSD has done a back and                                                               
forth shift of consistency for the [CTE] program, as well.                                                                      
9:18:21 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. WIDAMAN  presented slide 3,  "Response to COVID."   He stated                                                               
that in response to COVID, the [the  CTE program] had to do a lot                                                               
of  staff mitigation  protocols and  students  had a  lot of  PPE                                                               
because with  CTE there is  a lot of  sharing, a lot  of handling                                                               
equipment, and so  forth.  He said the district  had to brief its                                                               
instructors on  how to  best facilitate those  aspects.   Some of                                                               
the   challenges  were   hands-on   courses   such  as   welding,                                                               
construction,  and culinary  arts, he  noted.   He further  noted                                                               
that  many courses  had decreased  enrollment, and  many students                                                               
were shifted  to other  opportunities.  When  the kids  were sent                                                               
home,  he   continued,  [they  received]  construction   kits  to                                                               
simulate building  supplies; materials were sent  to the students                                                               
to give them  hands on experience and to keep  them involved with                                                               
the course.   Mr. Widaman highlighted that when  the district was                                                               
shut down, the  length of time of the  shutdown was undetermined,                                                               
so the  school district  came up  with specific  mitigation plans                                                               
just for the CTE course.   The district realized it [needed to be                                                               
able  to  offer hands  on  learning]  so  it  was able  to  offer                                                               
mitigation plans with the larger  schools of Soldotna High, Kenai                                                               
Central  High, and  Nikiski Middle/High  School specifically  for                                                               
those classes,  he shared.  He  noted that one of  the things the                                                               
district has  seen has been  an uptick in work  experience course                                                               
students,  and as  Mr.  Billings mentioned  earlier,  that is  an                                                               
important part  of the  program of study.   Many  students looked                                                               
for an increase  in work experience aligned with  their course of                                                               
studies, he said.   Mr. Widaman added that  the opportunities the                                                               
district  wanted  to  offer  were  through  the  Kenai  Peninsula                                                               
College.    Students  were  taking   college  courses  there,  he                                                               
offered, and also through AVTEC  for nautical skills courses.  He                                                               
explained that the district reached  out to "post-secondaries" to                                                               
facilitate further training.                                                                                                    
9:20:44 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  WIDAMAN presented  slide 4,  "Career  and Technical  Student                                                               
Organization (CTSO)."   He said that the  district continued with                                                               
the CTSOs, which  is a strong foundation for  students going into                                                               
the workplace  or post-secondary.   He said there are  three main                                                               
offerings.    The  first  he  shared is  Skills  USA,  which  has                                                               
unfortunately been  cancelled the  past two  years because  it is                                                               
very  hands-on.   The  second  he  told  the committee  about  is                                                               
Educators Rising,  which is  district wide,  so the  district was                                                               
able to  complete it with  several state and  national finalists.                                                               
The third,  he explained, is  a strong Future Farmers  of America                                                               
(FFA)  chapter.   He  mentioned  that  students will  compete  in                                                               
Seward in an upcoming state conference.                                                                                         
MR. WIDAMAN presented  slide 5, KPBSD Career Pathways."   He told                                                               
the committee  members that  while there  are 16  career pathways                                                               
recognized nationally, KPBSD has  combined them into eight career                                                               
pathways because they  do not have courses to  meet each pathway.                                                               
When  coming  up  with  course designs,  he  explained  that  the                                                               
district  identified   the  CTE   outcomes  for   the  district's                                                               
students, and  Lower 48 positions  and jobs.   He said  there are                                                               
always three  primary questions they  hear from  stakeholders, as                                                               
shown on  slide 5,  which read  as follows  [original punctuation                                                               
         What preparation and skills are needed for the                                                                         
     workplace and post-secondary education or training?                                                                        
     Employability Skills?                                                                                                      
     Other ways to best prepare our students for workplace                                                                      
     or career readiness? Industry credentials?                                                                                 
     What courses or pathways should be a focus? 5 years?                                                                       
9:22:48 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. WIDAMAN  presented slide 6,  "Economic Trends."   He informed                                                               
the committee members that the  district looks at economic trends                                                               
both statewide  and within  Kenai.   With the  help of  DLWD, the                                                               
district  tries   to  identify  who  Kenai's   constituents  are,                                                               
tracking data  about net migration, job  placement, and available                                                               
industries,  he said.   The  district keeps  up with  economic or                                                               
current trends that highlight or showcase its programs.                                                                         
MR. WIDAMAN  presented slide 7.   He said one of  the new focuses                                                               
the  district  is pushing  is  computer  science aspects.    With                                                               
COVID-19, he said,  there has been a large  increase in computing                                                               
jobs that are available from home  services to being able to work                                                               
MR.  WIDAMAN presented  slide  8,  "Kenai Peninsula  Construction                                                               
Academy."   He  said that  one of  the great  opportunities aside                                                               
from  Perkins  funding  for  KPBSD's CTE  programs  was  a  grant                                                               
opportunity  through  the  Alaska   Community  Foundation.    The                                                               
district  applied  for the  grant  with  the Alaska  Construction                                                               
Academy  (AKCA) located  in the  Kenai Peninsula,  and next  fall                                                               
four courses will be offered  for high school students focused on                                                               
electrical, plumbing,  welding, and  construction, he said.   Any                                                               
time the district has  partnered with post-secondary institutions                                                               
such  as AVTEC,  University of  Alaska Anchorage-Kenai  Peninsula                                                               
College (UAA-KPC), and  AKCA, he stated, has  resulted in amazing                                                               
opportunities for students.                                                                                                     
MR. WIDAMAN  presented slide 9.   He  stated that in  response to                                                               
COVID-19  and the  related shutdowns  and many  courses remaining                                                               
unfulfilled  regarding hands-on  requirements,  the district  has                                                               
provided  a number  of  summer opportunities  for  students.   He                                                               
cited offerings  from the slide  which read as  follows [original                                                               
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
     Kenai Peninsula College- Emergency Trauma Technician                                                                       
       Kenai Central High School- Construction Academies-                                                                       
     Alaska Petroleum Academies(2)- KPEDD                                                                                       
      Certified Nursing Assistant- Mtn. Haven/Providence-                                                                       
     Seward Area                                                                                                                
     Microsoft Certification Online Course- KPBSD                                                                               
       Workplace and Internship Readiness Online Course-                                                                        
MR. WIDAMAN thanked the committee members for having him speak.                                                                 
9:26:38 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  DRUMMOND,  referring  to   slide  4,  asked  what                                                               
happened in  the year prior  to the  pandemic that shut  down the                                                               
Skills USA region and state events.                                                                                             
MR.  WIDAMAN  responded  that the  previous  year's  events  were                                                               
scheduled in March.  He explained  that the 2019 year was normal,                                                               
but the event wasn't held in 2020 or 2021.                                                                                      
REPRESENTATIVE  DRUMMOND  referred  to   slide  5  and  asked  if                                                               
students were  trained in Alaska  and then  left for jobs  in the                                                               
Lower 48.                                                                                                                       
MR. WIDAMAN  replied not necessarily,  the district is  trying to                                                               
give them  a well-rounded  student experience.   As shown  in the                                                               
economic  trends on  slide 6,  he explained,  it identifies  that                                                               
Alaska is losing many teens and  students in their twenties.  The                                                               
district's thought,  he offered, is  that maybe they  are leaving                                                               
for post-secondary  education and  training, and the  district is                                                               
trying to identify  and meet the needs of the  students, not just                                                               
specific jobs for Alaska.                                                                                                       
9:28:32 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS  asked if  the partnership  with Educators                                                               
Rising was for training future  educators, and how it worked with                                                               
the K-12 outreach program at the University of Alaska.                                                                          
MR.  WIDAMAN replied  Educators  Rising is  an organization  that                                                               
provides courses  and classes  for the  district's students.   He                                                               
explained  that the  course is  taught by  Emanuela Pokryfki  who                                                               
wrote  the courses  with  the  University system.    There is  an                                                               
articulation  through University  of  Alaska  Southeast (UAS)  in                                                               
alignment, he  said.   He then  confirmed it  is to  get students                                                               
interested  in  the  education field  and  provide  opportunities                                                               
through credits through UAS.                                                                                                    
9:30:54 AM                                                                                                                    
COLIN STEWART,  CTE Coordinator, Lower Kuskokwim  School District                                                               
(LKSD), presented  a CTE Report  from the district.   Mr. Stewart                                                               
informed the  committee that he  moved to Alaska  from Washington                                                               
ten  years ago  to the  coastal village  of Kongiganak,  where he                                                               
taught.   He  said there  are  22 communities  with 27  different                                                               
schools  in the  district, and  that LKSD  is the  largest school                                                               
district  in  Alaska.   The  district  office in  Bethel  heavily                                                               
supports  many  programs  in all  the  villages,  especially  the                                                               
secondary level, he said.                                                                                                       
MR. STEWART presented slide 3,  "CTE Programs Overview."  He then                                                               
read career pathways  listed in a diagram on the  slide:  skilled                                                               
trades,  engineering,  education, multimedia,  computer  science,                                                               
health careers, and  tribal management.  He  explained that these                                                               
are the pathways focused on in  Bethel.  He said that because the                                                               
district  is spread  across a  wide region  and there  is limited                                                               
instructor capacity, the  CTE programs are provided  in a variety                                                               
of  formats.   He mentioned  the phrase  "traditional, in-person,                                                               
at-home  school"  and  said  that  in  Bethel,  the  district  is                                                               
fortunate to have  a few long-term, quality CTE  instructors.  In                                                               
the villages,  he continued, the  district has  [CTE instructors]                                                               
from time  to time, but  much of  this is done  through "distance                                                               
delivery via  zoom."  The  district just began teaching  this way                                                               
during the  pandemic, but prior to  that for the past  fifteen to                                                               
twenty years the district had  been using [indisc.] equipment and                                                               
had delivered  a CTE video-teleconference conference  course.  He                                                               
said  that CTE  instruction  is also  provided through  "Variable                                                               
length boarding programs."  He  explained that these courses have                                                               
a few  components; there  are intensives  where students  come in                                                               
for  five to  ten days,  take a  CTE intensive  course, and  then                                                               
return to their  home village, or they can come  in for an entire                                                               
semester and  enroll in  the population  of Bethel  Regional High                                                               
School, taking all of the regular  core courses, as well as a CTE                                                               
course or courses in the student's area of study.                                                                               
MR.  STEWART said  another  way CTE  instruction  is provided  is                                                               
through  an  "itinerant  instructor."     The  district  has  two                                                               
itinerant  positions, only  one of  which is  filled, he  shared.                                                               
The  itinerant instructor  travels  from village  to village  and                                                               
provides  welding  and  driver education  instruction.    Another                                                               
example he  offered of how  the district provides CTE  is through                                                               
"third  party educational  opportunities."   He used  the example                                                               
"Alaska Excel" which  is a non-profit educational  entity that is                                                               
housed  in Anchorage  and serves  Western Alaska,  having started                                                               
out of  Kuspuk School  District.  He  also mentioned  using dual-                                                               
credit  opportunities  and  bringing   in  instructors  from  the                                                               
college to  do another form  of an  intensive.  The  final format                                                               
being used  to enhance CTE  in villages he shared  was "homegrown                                                               
instructors."  The district has  been advertising for instructors                                                               
with an area  of interest and some background.   In construction,                                                               
for  example, he  said,  the  district would  bring  in a  master                                                               
trainer  and train  students  up to  be  introductory level  shop                                                               
teachers.   This provides opportunities  for students  that would                                                               
not  normally exist,  he  said.   Then the  district  is able  to                                                               
advertise to those students some  of the other opportunities that                                                               
are in those fields.                                                                                                            
9:35:29 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  STEWART presented  slide 4,  "Challenges with  and prior  to                                                               
COVID 19."   He reiterated that  the district had been  trying to                                                               
build its  own CTE instructors,  explaining that this  is because                                                               
CTE instructors are very hard to  find, keep, and train.  He said                                                               
it is  unlikely that  a village  school would be  able to  hire a                                                               
full time CTE  instructor on staff.  Most  instructors must teach                                                               
a variety  of subject  matters so that  general education  can be                                                               
covered.   He  explained that  typically village  schools require                                                               
some  level of  travel to  access  CTE, whether  that is  sending                                                               
instructors out  to the  villages, bringing  students in  for the                                                               
boarding program or intensives, or  sending them to Anchorage for                                                               
an  Excel  Alaska  program.    Another issue  he  noted  was  the                                                               
revolving administration, not necessarily  at the district level,                                                               
but at  the school level, and  that can change priorities  on how                                                               
to staff  a school.   Each principal,  he explained, has  quite a                                                               
bit  of leverage  on  how the  schools are  staffed  and what  is                                                               
chosen  for instructional  programs.   The  district can  provide                                                               
opportunities, but they  will staff the schools how  they see fit                                                               
for current needs, Mr. Stewart said.   He stated that when COVID-                                                               
19 hit,  it hit the  delta hard, and  the schools have  been shut                                                               
down [for  in-person learning] for  the past year.   He explained                                                               
that that  eliminated all  travel and made  it very  difficult to                                                               
continue the  district's go-to CTE  instructional ways.   He said                                                               
that in response  the district built an intranet.   Each home was                                                               
provided  with a  GCI  antenna  that could  only  connect to  the                                                               
intranet  system, he  said.   This provided  the opportunity  for                                                               
Zoom  and   Noodle,  a  learning   management  system   on  which                                                               
instructors are able  to build and create courses.   He clarified                                                               
that this  has been a  bandage that  lacks the resources  used in                                                               
everyday education.  He  referenced previous speakers' discussion                                                               
points, of  the ability to  teach online courses using  a variety                                                               
of different  formats.  For  his district, however, he  said that                                                               
if a  learning tool  wasn't on Noodle,  the district  didn't have                                                               
access to it.                                                                                                                   
9:38:13 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  STEWART   presented  slide  5,  "Success   with  Work  Based                                                               
Learning."   Work-based learning was  able to continue,  he said.                                                               
The district  started a  partnership with  Yukon-Kuskokwim Health                                                               
Corporation   (YKHC),  the   regional  health   corporation,  the                                                               
previous year and was able to  continue the program with the help                                                               
of AHEC coordinators.   Students in the health  careers path must                                                               
apply  for  the program,  take  a  number  of classes,  and  have                                                               
positive  recommendations from  instructors.    Because of  these                                                               
quality  controls, students  coming  in have  been received  very                                                               
well  by department  managers  at  YKHC.   He  said the  district                                                               
currently has students  placed in dental and  optometry, and both                                                               
department  managers are  very happy  with the  students and  are                                                               
looking for  more students  when the  district can  provide more.                                                               
Again,  he  reiterated,  with  the  COVID-19  shutdown  many  CTE                                                               
classes were  limited.  The student  pool is small right  now for                                                               
students that would be eligible  to apply for the opportunity, he                                                               
stated.  The district, he  continued, has future openings planned                                                               
with other  departments as  the student  pool increases,  and the                                                               
district is hoping  to have multiple students  in each department                                                               
willing  to take  on students.    He noted  that this  is a  paid                                                               
internship,  and  after going  through  the  logistics with  both                                                               
district lawyers and  YKHC lawyers, it was  determined that would                                                               
limit  liability and  provide employment,  and  the students  are                                                               
also happy about this opportunity.                                                                                              
9:40:15 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  STEWART concluded  his presentation  with  slide 6,  "Things                                                               
learned  and  strengths moving  forward."    He stated  that  the                                                               
committee  has  discussed the  need  for  reliable Internet,  and                                                               
shared that  he called into the  meeting on his phone  to be sure                                                               
he didn't get  dropped from the call.   He stated that  this is a                                                               
district-  and  region-wide  problem.     Internet  is  extremely                                                               
expensive, and  most village families  do not have it  because of                                                               
the extreme costs  and limited monthly usage.   He explained that                                                               
the Internet in Bethel is so  slow he can hardly check his email.                                                               
This is  an ongoing problem, but  he wanted to highlight  it.  He                                                               
told the committee  that the district has  worked on partnerships                                                               
with tribal entities  and is working on one right  now to provide                                                               
at least  [high school] seniors  with home  Internet connectivity                                                               
so they  can work  on finishing  up their  classes and  meet with                                                               
their counselors for post-secondary and career planning.                                                                        
MR. STEWART said  that CTE networking across the  state has never                                                               
been stronger.   He referenced  connections with  associations in                                                               
CTE.   He  stated  that the  district is  fortunate  to have  the                                                               
network  of CTE  educators  in  Alaska.   He  noted  that he  was                                                               
involved  in the  clearinghouse project  previously mentioned  by                                                               
Ms.  Riddle which  was  made  up of  Alaska  ACTE board  members.                                                               
Instructors  have asked  for a  program like  this for  years, he                                                               
explained, to see what others are  doing and to share and consume                                                               
content.   The next step  after the clearinghouse,  he continued,                                                               
is to  have information  published and  easily accessible  so CTE                                                               
educators can connect.   He offered the example  that if interest                                                               
is  observed in  welding, then  the clearinghouse  would offer  a                                                               
welding instructor  virtual meeting so individuals  could further                                                               
discuss in a live format.                                                                                                       
9:43:51 AM                                                                                                                    
JONI SIMPSON, Director, CTE, Fairbanks  North Star Borough School                                                               
District (FNSBSD),  began her presentation on  slide 2, entitled,                                                               
"FNSBSD CTE PATHWAYS, Current &  Future."  She explained that the                                                               
programs  listed in  black  on  the slide  are  courses that  the                                                               
district is  actively teaching,  and those  with an  asterisk are                                                               
dual  credit  opportunities  for multiple  courses  within  those                                                               
pathways.    Slide 2  lists  the  programs  in black  as  follows                                                               
[original punctuation provided]:                                                                                                
     Health Science*                                                                                                            
     Emergency Services (EMS/Fire)*                                                                                             
     Architecture & Construction*                                                                                               
     Automotive*(Small Engines, Automotive, Auto Body)                                                                          
     Culinary Arts                                                                                                              
     Engineering & Aviation*                                                                                                    
     Work Based Learning (Internships Work For Credit)                                                                          
MS.  SIMPSON continued,  explaining  that the  pathways shown  in                                                               
teal  on the  slide are  those that  the district  is working  on                                                               
developing and  adding in  the next  three to  five years.   They                                                               
show on the slide as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                   
     Hospitality and Tourism                                                                                                    
     Medical Billing and Coding                                                                                                 
     Emergency Services (Law Enforcement & Dispatch)                                                                            
     Business & Marketing                                                                                                       
     Student Business Enterprise                                                                                                
     Cybersecurity, Networking, and Coding (to be added to                                                                      
     Drones (to be added to Engineering & Aviation)                                                                             
9:45:14 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. SIMPSON presented  slide 3,"Industry Recognized Credentials."                                                               
She explained that each of  the district's pathways have industry                                                               
recognized credentials  built into  them.   Not only  do students                                                               
leave  with  industry  recognized  credentials,  but  junior  and                                                               
senior years overlap with post-secondary  or industry partners to                                                               
make the transition  from high school into the  workforce or into                                                               
post-secondary training seamless.   She said these certifications                                                               
that the  students earn  give them an  advantage moving  into the                                                               
post-secondary world.                                                                                                           
MS. SIMPSON presented  slide 4, "CTE DURING COVID-19."   Like the                                                               
others  have stated,  she  said, COVID-19  threw  the district  a                                                               
curve ball,  but being in  CTE, the district figured  things out.                                                               
When  working  in  a  job  or industry,  one  is  presented  with                                                               
challenges every single  day, she explained.   This challenge was                                                               
how  to   deliver  hands-on  activity  through   remote  distance                                                               
learning, she stated.   The high schools were  in remote learning                                                               
the  entire  school year  until  February,  when coming  back  in                                                               
person became  optional with continued  remote, she shared.   She                                                               
said   FNSBSD  worked   with  Alaska   ACTE   and  the   national                                                               
organization.  These organizations put  out new information on an                                                               
almost daily basis  on how to maintain high  quality CTE programs                                                               
during a pandemic, she said.                                                                                                    
9:47:13 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. SIMPSON continued  on to slide 5.  She  said the district had                                                               
to quickly shift  to remote learning, so it  worked directly with                                                               
industries such as  the Home Building Institute  (HBI), which had                                                               
shifted quickly from a hands-on model  to an online model to make                                                               
sure  the   highest  of  industry  standards   was  available  to                                                               
construction students.   The district also worked  with a company                                                               
called Onshape,  which made  a program similar  to AutoCAD  to be                                                               
used on the  Chromebooks deployed to all the students.   She said                                                               
the  district  also  worked  with   industry  so  students  could                                                               
continue  working   towards  certifications  such   as  [American                                                               
Welding  Society] (AWS),  [cardiopulmonary resuscitation]  (CPR),                                                               
and First Aid.                                                                                                                  
MS. SIMPSON  said FNSBDS came  up with many mitigation  plans and                                                               
purchased an enormous amount of  additional PPE for the students.                                                               
Many  students wanted  to  come  back in  person  once given  the                                                               
option  for their  CTE programs.   The  school bought  individual                                                               
welding hoods  for all students,  because the hoods could  not be                                                               
sanitized at  a level that was  safe to share, she  shared, which                                                               
was a big drain on the district's budget.                                                                                       
MS. SIMPSON pointed out that the  good thing that came out of the                                                               
pandemic  was that  it brought  Alaska's CTE  community together.                                                               
She  said  there  isn't a  day  that  goes  by  that she  is  not                                                               
collaborating with other  CTE people from around the  state.  She                                                               
has  worked  with  DEED,  other   CTE  directors,  teachers,  and                                                               
administrators.   She expressed that she  hopes these connections                                                               
continue  as schools  return to  normalcy.   She  noted that  the                                                               
district  has  had  a  recent  shift  to  statewide  professional                                                               
development.   The  district  received a  grant  through DEED  to                                                               
teach  a statewide  class for  CTE teachers,  administrators, and                                                               
councilors, she shared.   The class has 52 people  enrolled in it                                                               
and meets every week to  discuss best practice, she explained, to                                                               
keep  everyone   moving  forward  through  the   pandemic.    She                                                               
reiterated  that  the district  hopes  to  perpetuate this  class                                                               
beyond   the  pandemic   to   encourage   more  cooperation   and                                                               
professional development.                                                                                                       
9:50:05 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. SIMPSON moved to slide 6,  "Challenges."  She stated that one                                                               
of the  problems that CTE  has is  CTE teacher recruitment.   She                                                               
said it  is getting  more difficult to  recruit CTE  teachers and                                                               
gave a few reasons why.  First,  in the state of Alaska there are                                                               
no  post-secondary programs  educators can  go through  to become                                                               
certified CTE teachers.   She explained that she was  able to get                                                               
a CTE  endorsement while attending  college in Montana,  but that                                                               
is  not an  option  in  Alaska.   Because  of  this, she  shared,                                                               
[districts] have  had to recruit  from outside.  She  shared that                                                               
the  district  gets some  CTE  teachers  through Type  M  Limited                                                               
Certificates through industry.  The  shortcomings of this is that                                                               
individuals coming out of industry  cannot earn tenure, often get                                                               
a worse retirement  package, and often can only  teach part time,                                                               
she  explained, so  these  teachers  will leave  and  go back  to                                                               
industry.   Even with teachers  coming from academia who  want to                                                               
teach  CTE as  well,  the school  needs  to invest  in  a lot  of                                                               
academic  development   to  understand  the  many   pathways  and                                                               
industry recognized credentials.                                                                                                
MS. SIMPSON addressed  budget issues as a challenge  that CTE and                                                               
the  district are  facing.   She  stated that  budgets have  been                                                               
steadily decreasing  over the past few  years.  She said  it used                                                               
to be that  the state funds were larger than  the district's Carl                                                               
Perkins fund, but over the years  they are almost even now.  When                                                               
adding in  all the  extra costs  to run a  CTE program,  she said                                                               
FNSBSD is  very mindful of  its finances.   The CTE  program also                                                               
relies  on grants  to make  sure the  programs are  high quality.                                                               
She said facilities  are always an issue.  She  explained that it                                                               
is  hard  to  expand  programs  because  that  often  requires  a                                                               
facility expansion,  renovation, or  modification, which  is then                                                               
another budget consideration.                                                                                                   
9:54:17 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. SIMPSON  directed attention to  slide 7, "Aspirations."   She                                                               
said that to be in CTE one has  to be an optimist, and one has to                                                               
be a forward  thinker.  The CTE program [is  looking to expand on                                                               
a number of fronts], she shared.   She offered as an example that                                                               
the  program is  expanding the  work-based learning  options, and                                                               
stated that the program  has pre-apprenticeships in collaboration                                                               
with the  Fairbanks Pipeline Training  Center and  the district's                                                               
union partners.   She said  the program has been  very successful                                                               
and the  district hopes  to expand that  model to  healthcare and                                                               
cosmetology.  She  said the CTE program also wants  to expand its                                                               
internship program, so it is available in each of the pathways.                                                                 
MS. SIMPSON  said the district  is continuing to  expand business                                                               
partnerships.   She expressed  that the  district hopes  to reach                                                               
out to more businesses.  She  also shared that the district hopes                                                               
to move  to either multiple  or alternative  graduation pathways.                                                               
It is  a goal  to make  certain students  are gaining  credit for                                                               
their CTE  courses while building  their high school  program, so                                                               
they can  stay in that pathway.   She offered the  example that a                                                               
student in  an aviation program, who  was doing a lot  of science                                                               
and  math, was  not  just receiving  elective  credits for  those                                                               
courses,  rather that  student was  earning core  credits.   This                                                               
helps the  students stay engaged  in the pathways, she  said, all                                                               
the way through graduation and beyond.                                                                                          
MS.   SIMPSON    reiterated   FNSBSD's   intention    to   expand                                                               
collaboration within  the state.   She  mentioned that  FNSBSD is                                                               
partnering with  Yukon-Koyukuk School  District (YKSD)  more than                                                               
ever has been done in the past.   She referred to this as "a gift                                                               
that  COVID  gave  us,"  and  said the  district  would  like  to                                                               
continue that  collaboration.  Here  in the  district's backyard,                                                               
[FNSBSD and YKSD]  are going to do  some professional development                                                               
together next fall, she offered.                                                                                                
MS. SIMPSON  also said  the district  plans on  strengthening the                                                               
CTSOs.   She informed the  committee members that she  works with                                                               
DEED as  the state coordinator for  CTSOs.  Last year,  she said,                                                               
DEED was  just ready to do  some outreach with Bristol  Bay right                                                               
before COVID-19  hit, and  so DEED  was unable to  do that.   She                                                               
said she hopes not only to  strengthen CTSOs in the district, but                                                               
also statewide, though additional funding will be needed.                                                                       
9:58:37 AM                                                                                                                    
CATHY  LECOMPTE, Division  Director, Alaska  Vocational Technical                                                               
Center (AVTEC),  Department of  Labor and  Workforce Development,                                                               
began her  presentation on  slide 1,  "AVTEC at  a glance."   She                                                               
told  the committee  members that  AVTEC is  a division  of DLWD.                                                               
She shared that  being part of a state agency  is unique compared                                                               
to  other similar  programs  across the  country.   The  division                                                               
trains over  1,100 Alaskans  annually and  had been  in operation                                                               
since  1969,  she explained.    She  also  shared that  AVTEC  is                                                               
nationally  accredited   through  the  Council   on  Occupational                                                               
Education.  She  noted that the division  offers many credentials                                                               
for students to earn.                                                                                                           
MS. LECOMPTE directed attention to  slide 2, "Our Mission?" which                                                               
read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                
     AVTEC  delivers  flexible, accessible,  and  affordable                                                                    
     workforce training  that is  responsive to  the dynamic                                                                    
     needs  of business  and  industry  and serves  Alaska's                                                                    
     diverse communities.                                                                                                       
10:00:41 AM                                                                                                                   
MS.  LECOMPTE  presented  slides  2  and  3,  regarding  training                                                               
programs, which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                
     Flexible, accessible, & affordable trainin                                                                                 
     ?  Occupational  Programs   provide  opportunities  for                                                                    
     student to  gain technical and employability  skills to                                                                    
     gain  employment   in  entry  level   positions;  trade                                                                    
     specific for 90-180 days of training.                                                                                      
     ? Job  upgrade for incumbent workers  aimed to increase                                                                    
     upward mobility; customized  training based on employer                                                                    
     and employee needs.                                                                                                        
     ?  Continuing  Education  to maintain  employed  status                                                                    
     through  job  specific   skills  training  to  increase                                                                    
     productivity;  customized  training based  on  employer                                                                    
     and employee needs.                                                                                                        
MS.  LECOMPTE  shared  an  example   of  a  job  upgrade  with  a                                                               
partnership that DLWD had with  the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA)                                                               
which involved power  plant operator and bulk  fuels training and                                                               
person-in-charge,  shore-side   training  on   transferring  bulk                                                               
fuels.    She stated  that  there  are  132 village  power  plant                                                               
organizations  that   AVTEC  worked   with  on   that  particular                                                               
MS. LECOMPTE  said the continuing  education is currently  in the                                                               
form of  related technical instruction, which  is the instruction                                                               
that  is  required  in  an   apprenticeship  for  apprentices  to                                                               
supplement and augment their on-the-job  training.  She said this                                                               
is  mostly  for  construction  and  healthcare,  and  it  is  all                                                               
available online.                                                                                                               
10:02:03 AM                                                                                                                   
MS.  LECOMPTE presented  slides 4  and 5,  "Training at  AVTEC is                                                               
different?"   which  read   as   follows  [original   punctuation                                                               
     ? CLOCK HOURS NOT CREDIT HOURS:                                                                                            
     ?  Workplace simulation  in chosen  career field;  over                                                                    
     1,000 hours of training in 38 weeks.                                                                                       
     ? DEMONSTRATED COMPETENCY:                                                                                                 
     ?  No grades,  90% demonstrated  mastery of  skills and                                                                    
     earned industry credentials.                                                                                               
     ? TECHNICAL & EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS EMBEDDED:                                                                               
     ?  Technical  and  employability  skills  such  as  job                                                                    
     search, interviewing skills and  resume writing part of                                                                    
     the training.                                                                                                              
     ? JOB SEARCH & EMPLOYMENT:                                                                                                 
     ?  Up  to one  year  after  training is  complete,  job                                                                    
     search and employment assistance is available.                                                                             
MS. LECOMPTE presented  slide 6, "Responsive to  dynamic needs of                                                               
business?"   which   read   as  follows   [original   punctuation                                                               
     ?Occupational Advisory Committees                                                                                          
     ?  Comprised of  employers and  subject matter  experts                                                                    
     from business and industry.                                                                                                
     ?  Meet  or  connect  regularly to  conduct  review  of                                                                    
     training content  and provide  feedback to  ensure what                                                                    
     students  are  learning  is  what   they  need  in  the                                                                    
     ? Visit  classrooms to  make presentations  to students                                                                    
     and to recruit students for employment.                                                                                    
     ?  Contribute money  and  equipment  via education  tax                                                                    
     credits to support the resource needs of the programs.                                                                     
MS.  LECOMPTE gave  one example  relating to  AVTEC's information                                                               
technology (IT) department.  She  explained that IT students used                                                               
to learn to build computers,  but the employer feedback expressed                                                               
a need for cloud computing and security instead.                                                                                
10:05:27 AM                                                                                                                   
MS.  LECOMPTE  presented  slides  7 and  8,  "AVTEC  Occupational                                                               
Programs,"   which   read   as  follows   [original   punctuation                                                               
     ?Culinary Arts*                                                                                                            
     ?Construction Technology*                                                                                                  
     ?Diesel / Heavy Equipment Technology                                                                                       
     ?Industrial Welding                                                                                                        
     ?Information Technology Networking*                                                                                        
     ?Business & Office Technology*                                                                                             
     ?Industrial Electricity*                                                                                                   
      Plumbing & Heating                                                                                                        
MS. LECOMPTE  indicated the programs  with an asterisk  that were                                                               
more  successful  with  pivoting  [during  the  pandemic].    She                                                               
continued that  with the type  of training offered,  students are                                                               
hands-on with their  work, so it is very  difficult to transition                                                               
to  an  online  environment  in  such a  short  period  of  time;                                                               
however,  this was  managed with  some  programs.   She used  the                                                               
culinary arts  program as an  example, explaining that  they were                                                               
able to  do their  nutrition class  online.   She said  that when                                                               
AVTEC quit  training in March  2020 and sent everyone  home, many                                                               
classes  were close  to completion,  so the  program was  able to                                                               
facilitate getting  many students  jobs.  The  construction class                                                               
is  a four-month  program that  was  about half  way through,  so                                                               
those students  were brought  back to  finish up,  she explained.                                                               
Many  instructors  made  videos,   she  continued.    Diesel  and                                                               
Industrial Welding has  two starts, in August and  in January, so                                                               
the August  start was ready  to go,  so AVTEC got  them connected                                                               
and employed,  and those who  began in January were  invited back                                                               
in the fall, she explained.                                                                                                     
MS.  LECOMPTE said  that  information  technology and  networking                                                               
moved  easily  online  and  have been  very  successful  in  that                                                               
environment.  Business  and office technology has  moved back and                                                               
forth  [between online  and in-person  learning]  which has  been                                                               
done adeptly, she said.   Industrial electricity also was able to                                                               
go back  and forth  because there  was a  lot of  computation and                                                               
reading of  code she explained.   She reiterated that  while some                                                               
of  these  programs lend  themselves  to  online delivery,  there                                                               
still must  be some of  the hands-on component, so  students were                                                               
brought back for intensives in the fall.                                                                                        
10:07:37 AM                                                                                                                   
MS.  LECOMPTE directed  attention  to slide  9, "Alaska  Maritime                                                               
Training Center*."   She said  the programs that she  just shared                                                               
are  occupational   programs  [where   students  go   from]  zero                                                               
employable skills to employable in less  than ten months or to "a                                                               
career  in less  than  a  year."   The  Alaska Maritime  Training                                                               
Center (AMTC),  she explained, is  a different form  of delivery,                                                               
consisting of  more short-term courses.   There are over  40 U.S.                                                               
Coast Guard (USCG) and  International Maritime Organization (IMO)                                                               
approved  courses  available  for   both  beginner  and  advanced                                                               
training, she  shared.  The  Alaska Maritime Training  Center has                                                               
been able  to pivot  to online  delivery in  many of  its courses                                                               
through  USCG approval,  she  said.   In  addition  to that,  Ms.                                                               
LeCompte  said,   AVTEC  has  pioneered  a   new  program  called                                                               
"Proctorio," one  of only two  maritime training programs  in the                                                               
country that is USCG approved  to use this software, which allows                                                               
for  remote proctoring  of exams.   She  explained that  students                                                               
still needed  to be physically  present for licensing  exams, but                                                               
this software allowed students to remotely take proctored exams.                                                                
MS. LECOMPTE pointed  out the pathway on the  slide that students                                                               
take  in  the  AMTC  program.   First  was  "Youth  Outreach/Pre-                                                               
Apprentice,"  next  was  "Licenses/Certifications,"  and  finally                                                               
"Advanced  Training."    She  told  committee  members  that  the                                                               
trainings at  AMTC are equivalent  to those that a  student would                                                               
receive at a  maritime academy.  She explained  that this program                                                               
takes a little  longer than [academies], as students  go out, get                                                               
sea time, then learn, license, and  advance.  She shared that one                                                               
student has  advanced to the  level of "sea pilot"  through AVTEC                                                               
10:10:05 AM                                                                                                                   
MS. LECOMPTE moved  to slide 10, "Maritime Career  Pathway?"  She                                                               
shared that  the Maritime  career pathway  is the  best developed                                                               
pathway that  AVTEC has.  The  program has a high  school course,                                                               
"Introduction to  Nautical Skills,"  that is taught  via distance                                                               
and gives students  an opportunity to see what  a maritime career                                                               
would look  like.   If a  student is  successful in  that course,                                                               
AVTEC  has  Perkins  post-secondary  funding that  pays  for  the                                                               
student to  get basic training,  she said, and when  the students                                                               
complete that,  they are  employable and  can get  internships or                                                               
apprenticeships.   She highlighted the  "Senior Year  to Career,"                                                               
which allows high school seniors to start at AVTEC early.                                                                       
10:11:30 AM                                                                                                                   
MS. LECOMPTE moved on to slides  11 and 12, "Non-credit to credit                                                               
pathways?"  She  shared that AVTEC partners with  UAF so students                                                               
in business information and IT  can purchase credits from UAF and                                                               
apply  those  credits  toward earning  an  Associate  of  Applied                                                               
Science in  IT or business.   Ms. LeCompte highlighted  a similar                                                               
program  at UAS  where  mariners can  buy  credits with  licenses                                                               
earned at  AVTEC to apply to  an Associate in Applied  Science in                                                               
marine transportation or power technology.                                                                                      
MS.   LECOMPTE   introduced    slide   13,   "Covid-10   response                                                               
priorities."   She said AVTEC's  pathways go from high  school to                                                               
post-secondary, and the  program's goal is to  give Alaskans more                                                               
options, so they  can go to school, get an  apprenticeship, or go                                                               
to work.                                                                                                                        
10:12:46 AM                                                                                                                   
MS.  LECOMOPTE stated  that AVTEC's  number one  COVID-19-related                                                               
priority has  been the health  and safety of students  and staff.                                                               
She shared  that students were sent  home on March 18,  2020, and                                                               
AVTEC accommodated students to gain  employment and get access to                                                               
training.  She said that AVTEC  restarted in the fall and brought                                                               
students back  in the program's  "COVID Enrollment  Model," which                                                               
allowed  for  social distancing  and  required  masking, among  a                                                               
number  of other  protocols.    She shared  that  although a  few                                                               
students got sick,  the school never had to shut  down, and there                                                               
have been no new cases this spring.                                                                                             
MS.  LECOMPTE presented  slide 14,  "Challenges,"  which read  as                                                               
follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                        
       ?Budget  due to reduced enrollments for health and                                                                       
     safety of students                                                                                                         
     ?Uncertainty of what next during the pandemic                                                                              
     ?Bridging the digital divide for staff and students                                                                        
MS. LECOMPTE noted  that the CARES Act funding  helped but didn't                                                               
fill all the budget gaps.   She said the CARES Act funding helped                                                               
with the digital divide.                                                                                                        
MS. LECOMPTE  concluded her presentation with  slide 15, "Student                                                               
Success," which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                
     ? FIVE YEAR AVERAGE COMPLETION RATE OVER 90%                                                                               
     ? WITH LITTLE OR NO STUDENT LOAN DEBT                                                                                      
     ? FIVE YEAR EMPLOYMENT RATE AT NEARLY 90%                                                                                  
      ? FUTURE EARNING POTENTIAL OVER 60% MORE THAN BEFORE                                                                      
     COMPLETING TRAINING                                                                                                        
     ? RETURN ON INVESTMENT                                                                                                     
        ? AVTEC RANKED IN TOP 10% FOR ROI* BY GEORGETOWN                                                                        
MS. LECOMPTE said when students come to AVTEC they know what                                                                    
they want to do, which lends itself to student success.                                                                         
10:18:07 AM                                                                                                                   
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Education Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 10:18 a.m.                                                                

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Career & Technical Education
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