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Government Relations & Public Policy
NCDA established its first legislative agenda during the 2008 annual Global Conference in Washington, DC. Since then, NCDA has made public policy an important cornerstone of its work, as described in NCDA's Philosophy on Public Policy: Advocating for Career Development. NCDA is represented in Washington, DC by the Government Relations Committee. The Committee’s members represent NCDA’s diverse membership. Its goal is to identify and advocate legislation and policies which support the mission of NCDA and its members. The Government Relations Committee communicates and collaborates with NCDA committees, including the Veterans Committee and the Career Development Facilitator Advisory Council, and related professional organizations including the American Counseling Association, the Automation Federation and the State Directors of Career and Technical Education. Communicating with and collaborating with key federal departments, including the Departments of Education, Labor and Veterans Affairs is an important part of the Committee’s work. The Committee encourages NCDA members to become actively involved in communicating with their elected representatives, informing them of the services they provide, and of the support they need to provide those services.
Legislative Alerts, Updates & News
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During the month of February, LobbyIt targeted eight offices to sit down with in order to educate members on the importance of passing Perkins reauthorization this Congress. The goal of the meetings was to communicate how Career and Technical Education will improve the role of school career counselors, the intersection of CTE between education and US manufacturing goals, as well as continue to present NCDA as a resource for members and committees. Read the February 2017 Legislative and Stakeholder Activity Report
During the month of January 2017, LobbyIt attended a Career and Technical Education panel briefing that focused on how appropriate policies can shape the future of infrastructure in the United States. Read more Stakeholder and Legislative Activities during January.
During the month of December, LobbyIt met with George Callas, Senior Counsel from Speaker Paul Ryan's leadership office, to discuss the upcoming priorities for the 115th Congress.Read the December 2016 Legislative and Stakeholder Activity Report
During the month of November, LobbyIt participated in a CTE Government Relations Steering Committee Meeting, which included representatives from the National Career Development Association, the ACTE, the Automation Federation, and the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing. Read the November 2016 Stakeholder And Legislative Activity Report.
During the month of October, Lobbyit continued its Perkins reauthorization discussions with Senator Kaine's office. Read more the in the October Stakeholder And Legislative Activity Report
During the month of September, Lobbyit continued its discussions with Senate Committee on Health, Labor, Education, and Pensions (HELP). Read more in the September 2016 Stakeholder And Legislative Activity Report.
- August 2016 Stakeholder And Legislative Activity
- June 2016 Stakeholder And Legislative Activity
- May 2016 - During the month of May, Lobbyit met with Michael Black Legislative Assistant for Senator Johnny Isakson. Lobbyit also attended the CTE caucus briefing and covered the Housed Education and the Workforce Committee hearing on strengthening the Perkins Act. Read more May 2016 Stakeholder And Legislative Activity.
- April 2016
- March 2016
- National Skills Coalition is advocating for states to adopt a set of policies that broadly expand access to middle-skill training, especially for those who have faced barriers to economic opportunity. These “skills equity” policies are intended to remove barriers that, if addressed, will make it easier for low-income people to access and complete middle-skill training that leads to an in-demand credential and family-supporting job. Read the pdf published Nov 2016.
- HOUSE PASSES PERKINS REAUTHORIZATION BILLSept. 13 2016 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5587, the Strengthening CTE for the 21st Century Act, by a vote of 405 to 5. Perkins reauthorization efforts now shift to the Senate. Read more.
NEW ELEMENTARY/SECONDARY LEGISLATION ENACTED!
The Congress has passed and the President has signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This is the elementary/secondary legislation, previously referred to as No Child Left Behind, that the NCDA Government Relations Committee and our lobbyist, Luke Wallwork, have worked diligently to see enacted. Since this legislation places the primary responsibility for education on state and local school systems, there will be increased opportunities for state divisions to become actively involved in implementing it, with an emphasis on strengthening career development and counseling programs for all students. The legislation includes references to:
- college and career guidance and counseling programs;
- post-secondary education and career awareness and exploration activities;
- training for counselors to effectively use labor market information in assisting students with post-secondary education and career planning.
We encourage all NCDA members to become informed and actively involved. Contact your state and national elected representatives to let them know how you are helping students become aware of and prepare for the wide range of career options and opportunities that maybe of interest to them. For more information, view the NCDA Advocacy webpage or contact Rebecca Dedmond or Charles Lehman, Co-Chairs, NCDA Government Relations Committee or Ray Davis, NCDA Board Liaison.
In addition to advocating for ESSA legislation, NCDA leaders are actively involved with Bill Symonds’ Pathways to Progress initiative on increasing career literacy in American education. Mark Danaher, Ray Davis and Niel Carey are working with Bill and representatives from several other business and education organizations to plan a major meeting February 2016 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters to discuss plans for strengthening career literacy and career counseling in American schools. Organizations that will be involved include the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State school Officers, ACTE, and the State Directors of CTE.
- LobbyIt staff continue to arrange and facilitate meetings with Members of Congress.These meetings often result from communications with the Members of Congress by NCDA members or GR committee members. They are very helpful, because they give us the opportunity to explain NCDA’s diverse membership and its mission and services, and to ask for the legislative and funding support needed to continue those services. These meetings are the result of grassroots advocacy at work!
- List of committee assignments for the 113th Congress
- Legislative Matrix - House and Senate bill status (as of 7/2013)
- The Automation Foundation and NCDA are working together to convey the message to students, job seekers, returning Veterans, and those in career transition that pursuing a career in the automation profession can be rewarding, and is essential to the long-term viability of our nation's and the world's advanced manufacturing effort. Click here to read the current AF/NCDA Workforce Position Statement.