Acting U.S. Education Secretary King to Urge Reauthorization of Perkins Act at Baltimore’s Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center

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Acting U.S. Education Secretary King to Urge Reauthorization of Perkins Act at Baltimore’s Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center

Will Announce New Department-Sponsored Open Innovation Challenge

Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. will urge Congress to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins Act) and announce a new Department-sponsored open innovation challenge at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on Wednesday, March 9 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Perkins Act provides more than $1.1 billion for the nation’s career and technical education programs at the 7-12 and higher education levels. The Obama Administration’s priorities for Perkins reauthorization include creating incentives for innovative high-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs; defining CTE program elements, including non-duplicative and credit-bearing secondary and postsecondary courses embedded in a career pathway; and developing uniform definitions and measures of student achievement and outcomes.

During the event, King will also acknowledge the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), which Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and a bipartisan group of state legislators are working to bring to Baltimore, is one exemplary model for the type of high-quality CTE that would be promoted through Perkins reauthorization. P-TECH provides students with a personalized pathway towards mastery of the skills and knowledge that they will need to make the transition from education to industry.

The Tech Center features a showcase community center with tools for students or adults to be creative, search for inspiration and connect with one another.

To continue to build a Nation of makers, in June 2014, the President held  the first-ever White House Maker Faire and launched the Nation of Makers initiative, an all-hands-on-deck call to give many more students, entrepreneurs, and citizens access to a new class of technologies – such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and desktop machine tools – that are enabling more Americans to design, build, and manufacture just about anything.

Who : Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.
Deputy Director for Policy for the White House Office of Science and Technology Thomas Kalil
Lieutenant Governor of Maryland Boyd Rutherford
Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Gregory Thornton
What : Event on the reauthorization of Perkins Act and new open innovation challenge
When : 3:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Where : Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center
1045 Light St.
Baltimore, Maryland