July 20, 2015 - OCTAE Connection - Issue 234

OCTAE Newsletter

July 20, 2015

Applications Now Available for New OCTAE Awards for Improved Reentry Education

Applications are now available for OCTAE’s estimated nine new awards for its Improved Reentry Education (IRE) program authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The average size of each award is $300,000. The IRE program supports demonstration projects in prisoner reentry education that show its effectiveness. According to the award notice, “IRE seeks to demonstrate the critical need for high-quality, appropriately designed, integrated, and well-implemented educational and related services in institutional and community settings,” to support incarcerated individuals’ education goals and reentry success. 

Interested parties are encouraged to review the Federal Register notice for full details on the new awards, including application requirements, eligibility, award information, and key deadlines. 

There will be a pre-application webinar on July 20, 2015, at 2 p.m. EDT. This Webinar will cover the following: Background, the Reentry Education Model, the PRSCEO Implementation Study, Applicant Eligibility, the IRE Notice, the IRE Application, and FAQs. Participation in the Webinar is not required. To register, please click here. 

OCTAE welcomes the sharing of this information with anyone who may be interested. 

Please contact OCTAE’s Tammi Fergusson at Tammi.Fergusson@ed.gov or at 202-245-7706 with any questions or issues about applying or pre-application webinar registration. 

Award applications are due on Aug. 12, 2015..

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New “Skills on Purpose” Webinar July 24, 2015: “Lessons from Large Manufacturing Firms: How to Assure Future Talent”

Join OCTAE for the fourth webinar, “Lessons from Large Manufacturing Firms: How to Assure Future Talent,” in the series “Skills on Purpose—Creating the Next Generation of Manufacturers.”  Firms of all sizes face the same challenge of finding ‘work-ready’ employees who need minimal additional training.  Some large companies have found ways to attend to the talent “supply chain” problem by engaging with colleges and schools in creative ways. This webinar will describe the strategies two large companies found for engaging with educators. It will include the issues they encountered along the way as well as the possible paths for moving forward.  

“Skills on Purpose—Creating the Next Generation of Manufacturers” is a series of panel discussions between government, business, and education stakeholders and institution representatives. In these interactive webinars, panel members explore strategies for building partnerships toward a workforce-driven transformation of the manufacturing sector. 

When: July 24, 2015, from 2–3 p.m. EDT.  

To register for this event, click here. 

All webinars are archived on the PCRN website.

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Native American CTE Students Help Build Satellite to be Launched Into Earth’s Orbit September 2015

Two Native American students at Salish Kootenai College (SKC) in Pablo, Montana, Robert Sanchez and Zachary DuMontier, participated in building the small satellite BisonSat. The students are participants in the tribal college’s Information Technology Associate of Science Degree Program. BisonSat, a “CubeSat,” is a 4 square inch cube satellite that universities, government agencies, and private businesses use for low-cost access to the Earth’s orbit. It is solar-powered, and carries an SKC-designed camera and a radio for receiving commands sent from the SKC satellite communications station. It also works to transmit data back to the station. These small satellites are carried into orbit as secondary payloads on government and commercial rocket launches. 

Through their work on BisonSat, Sanchez and DuMontier had the opportunity to participate in the entire process of the development and deployment of a space flight mission with senior scientists. This stretched from the beginning design phase through building the satellite, flight-readiness testing, Earth-orbital observations, and science data analysis. 

BisonSat was selected for flight by NASA in a national competition, ranking third out of 33 selected CubeSats. It will be launched into the Earth’s orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California September 2015. The NASA-funded ELaNa-12 mission will use the satellite to study the Earth’s atmosphere and land use. 

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Zachary DuMontier


Robert Sanchez