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Tech Thursday: Upskilling America: Part 2

Today is Part 2 of our look into
Today is Part 2 of our look into “Upskilling”.

Yesterday, I introduced you to the big push for Career Tech Education (the adult version of Common Core) from the AACC’s WDI (American Association of Community College’s Workforce Development Institute) perspective. There was quite a bit revealed. From the acknowledged partnership of  the Gates Foundation, but the Gates Foundation grant recipient (the grant was to purposefully align to CCSS), Khan Academy, to the AACC’s desire to help align K-12 through college.
However, there was SO much MORE in between.
Today, we will learn a bit more about the organization and go into a bit more detail about some of the ‘loose ends’ from yesterday’s article. If you’ve not had the opportunity to access the article, here’s the link:
I’ve also included the link to the Tamara Scott Radio Show where she invited me to discuss the “Upskilling of America”. Here’s the link to the archived discussion. My portion will begin at the 18:51 time mark. http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/61959153

Picking Up Where I Left Off:

In yesterday’s post there were several groups or CCSS/CTE geared activities I said I’ve reveal more in Part 2. This is that section. I’ll be going in order of those indications. If you need to open one window of your internet browser with “Part 1” and another with “Part 2”, that would help you keep as much organized for future reference as possible.

A) Cengage’s tie to Career Tech Ed (therefore it’s tie to CCSS):
First, the website: http://www.cengage.com/us/

What they do (in their own words): “Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K–12, professional and library markets worldwide.”
(*Note: Since data and the privacy of it is a ‘big deal’, I’m including the link to the privacy statement. Why? Be sure to see how special conditions are laid out (for example: Cengage and all its websites may have different privacy parameters)

The Common Core/Career Tech Ed tie?: Yes, it’s there. If you’ve heard of “Ed2Go”, that’s Cengage. If you’ve used a Delmar course book or used a National Geographic educational resource, that’s also Cengage. Here’s Cengage’s National Geographic CCSS page: http://ngl.cengage.com/assets/html/ccss/ ; Here’s Cengage’s Workforce CTE partner page: http://solutions.cengage.com/WorkforceDevelopment/Partnerships/
(*Note: Related to this is Cengage’s involvement with ACTE (Association for Career and Techncial Education). ACTE is also in unison with P21, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the NASDCTEc (National Association of School Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium). Read the announcement: http://www.p21.org/news-events/press-releases/986-acte-nasdctec-and-p21-release-qup-to-the-challengeq-report)

Even more about Cengage:
If you’ve fought CCSS very long, you know Houghton Mifflin Publishing is also CCSS aligned (as are their CTE items). However, Cengage was able to buy HM’s higher education assets. Cengage has a global impact. Here’s the (undated) press release from Cengage’s website: http://news.cengage.com/higher-education/cengage-learning-completes-acquisition-of-houghton-mifflin-college-division-assets/
Here’s a screen shot you’ll need to see:

Be sure to enlarge this so you can see the source cited.
Be sure to enlarge this so you can see the source cited.

Who’s invested in Cengage? I found one group called APAX Partners (a UK based private equity firm). APAX was worth over $40 billion on 12/31/14. They list Cengage as worth $12 billion. (See Cengage’s page on the APAX site: http://www.apax.com/investments/traditional-media/our-investments/cengage-learning/ then, APAX’s funding page: http://www.apax.com/inside-apax/company/funds/) There’s an article I found that tells MUCH more to the story of APAX and Cengage’s interaction. You’ll need to read it for yourselves to fully appreciate the situation–especially when you read Cengage whisked away Pearson Publishing’s Chief Education Salesman. See: http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Apax-buys-Cengage-debt-with-equity-in-danger-4428532.php ,Then, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-12-12/cengage-hires-pearson-s-education-sales-chief-stone
One last tidbit about APAX, they were vying for the Pearson IDC (Interactive Data Corporation). Here’s an excerpt, “Apax Partners has dropped out of the auction for Interactive Data Corp. (IDC), the U.S.-listed financial data provider majority owned by U.K. publisher Pearson PLC (PSO), a person familiar with the situation told Dow Jones Newswires Wednesday. Pearson, which also publishes the Financial Times newspaper and owns a large U.S. educational publishing business, hired Goldman Sachs (GS) in January to conduct a “preliminary review of strategic alternatives” for IDC in which it has a 61% stake.” To see the entire article, http://www.advfn.com/nyse/StockNews.asp?stocknews=IDC&article=42111039

One last thing about Cengage (be sure to enlarge it to see the ‘slap in the face’ title):

Here's one idiot book I can do without.
Here’s one idiot book I can do without.

B) Dr. Bumphus and “Camelot”:

If you’ve been able to watch the video I shared in yesterday’s article, you’ve been able to hear Dr. Bumphus’ words about community colleges. In yesterday’s post was just one of the articles laying out the parts that make up this “Camelot” time for community colleges. However, I wanted to see if we could find more.
For starters, I first wrote about Dr. Bumphus back in April 2015. I was looking into CHEA (Council for Higher Education) and its links to CTE and CCSS, boy did I find a tremendous amount of information! I won’t repeat all of it here, but I do encourage you to read the article. There is SO much you can use in your fight against the CCSS Machine! See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/ftf-chea-cte-ccss-and-america/

As far as another one of those “Camelot” speeches or bullet points, I was able to find this one from Winston-Salem, NC. In it you’ll be able to read how not only that he is an inspiration to some, but where he used to work (Voyager Expanded Learning’s Higher Education division), and that among his closest friends is the head of the NC Community College’s governing body, Dr. Scott Rall. Notice also that he’s served on several presidential task forces. As far as Dr. Randall’s influence, consider his NC General Assembly report.
Scott Ralls – CTE in NCCCS
Now, why would I include this report? In the article from Winston-Salem, Dr. Bumphus made sure he called NC’s community colleges a success. As a leader who is brimming with “Camelot” talk, ‘success’ is part of that feeling. It also can’t hurt that if we’re so busy trying to align all our post-secondary education, that we use each other’s models to continue the ‘collaboration’ factor involved. Dr. Rall’s report also shows those national certificates that Tamara and I were discussing in the radio interview.
If you’d like to learn a bit more about Voyager, here’s an article I found about Voyager being sold, http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/proquest-company-to-acquire-voyager-expanded-learning-75817707.html When you read it, notice how expansive the Voyager reach was. Notice the partners like Smithsonian and Discovery Channel…both are ‘all in’ when it comes to CCSS/STEM and CTE. To see Discovery Learning’s (notice how many channels are involved) CCSS page: http://corporate.discovery.com/search/?search_what=ALL&search_terms=common+core+&search_by=0
Smithsonian’s page: http://www.si.edu/Search/Index/default/1?q=career%20technical%20education
(*Note: where you find one: CCSS, CTE, or STEM, you’ll find the others)

Dr. Bumphus also mentioned that he laid out all the “Camelot” talk in a C-Span 45 minute video. Here’s the link:

C) Those Aligned School Superintendents:

Back in Sept. 2014, I wrote a series of 3 articles featuring several state superintendents who’ve sold out to CCSS/CTE. I’m providing all the links. Each article has many useful links embedded in them.
First one: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/fib-o-meter-friday-state-superintendents-common-core-standards/
Second one: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/26/fib-o-meter-friday-more-cc-aligned-superintendents/
Third one: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/fib-o-meter-friday-even-more-state-superintendents-common-core/

If you read yesterday’s article or viewed the video, you know Dr. Bumphus called out the upcoming meeting between the Association of School Superintendents and the AACC. The meeting is to accomplish MORE alignment between K-12 and local colleges. AASA (American Association of School Administrators) is the official name of the group known as the “The School Superintendents Association”. I’ve also written about their sellout to all things CCSS, CTE. Both articles AASA are featured in are from 2015.
First one: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/fom-friday-ccss-cant-be-wrong/
Second one: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/tech-thursday-caps-via-career-pathways-is-still-ccss/ (*Note: as I always do when I write, all links are provided for your use in your battle)

D) That Re-engineering Ed Conference from Feb. 2015:

Dr. Bumphus also mentioned a conference which was set aside for ‘redesigning education’. Here’s the AACC’s page dedicated to that Feb. 2015 event: http://www.aacc.nche.edu/newsevents/Events/nsrde/Pages/default.aspx
The “Action Plan” presented at the event: Houston Community College

E) Snap-On and Other Corps in CTE Mix:

For this section, I’m including my “Wow!” article about some of the biggest CTE supporters. Snap-On’s main guy was the featured speaker in yesterday’s video. Snap-on is hardly alone in aligning workers via CTE. I’m not spilling the beans of some of the big names supporting it either. I want you to read them for yourselves. See:
If you accessed the Cengage Workforce/CTE partners page above, Skills USA was among them. I point this group out because this was one brought up several times in the video from yesterday. To see how devoted to CTE and STEM, Skills USA is: http://skillsusa.org/about/why-career-technical-education/stem-and-cte-alignment/

To read about other post-secondary aligned publishers like Cengage (above):

To read about the Adult Standards for CTE, CCSS, etc.:

To learn about the National Career Pathways Network:

To learn about CCSS and the Post-Secondary Research:


WYBI: Upskilling America, Part 1

While I was doing some anti CCSS snooping on another subject, I stumbled across the “Workforce Development Institute” (part of the American Association of Community Colleges). Chock full of Common Core aligned Career Tech Education, Career Pathways, Early College, and more. Today’s topic is so deep, I’ll be breaking it to a “Part 1” and “Part 2”.


From 2015’s Conference:

Held in CA, the 2015 video address below is one you’ll want to view in its entirety. As I normally do when sharing a video, I’ll provide the most noteworthy items. I encourage you to conduct your own research, as your interest into CC Adult Ed might be different from mine. The entire video is just over 1 hour and 20 minutes. It’s the opening plenary session featuring the President of Snap-On Tools. However, there are others who speak before Mr. Snap-On.
To access the video, use this link, the clip is embedded under the caption “Video”.

The Main Points:

1) Video opens with Jen Worth. (Interim Associate Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development) To see the rest of the American Association of Community Colleges staff members: http://www.aacc.nche.edu/About/Pages/staff.aspx

2) Of the 2 long time partners Ms. Worth mentions, Cengage is the CCSS tie for higher education. (I’ll come back to Cengage in Part 2). When Cengage’s representative is introduced, she will express a great admiration for the wonderful working relationship her company has with AACC. As she put it ‘collaboration to change the industry we’re in’.

3) There’s a free giveaway for the latest technology. Watch how the devices are given away. You’ll notice only the community colleges were ‘winners’.

4) President of the American Association of Community Colleges, Dr. Walter Bumphus takes the podium’s microphone about 6:20 into the video. Almost immediately he uses his phrase “Camelot Moment for Community Colleges”. He then tells you where you can find his full address of all that makes 2015 a great time for these post-secondary schools. (I’ll share more about this in Part 2). To summarize his words about Camelot, the attentive focus on community colleges is great because it means not only publicity, but accountability, in the classrooms and in the workforce, both in the USA and internationally.

5) About 11:15 into the video, Dr. Bumphus expresses his view of the U.S. President’s proposal for free community college. He’ll share also, how AACC is in full support of this.

6) Graduation retention rates and ‘the on ramp to the middle class’ comments begin about 12:20.

7) About 12:29, the partnering with the American Association of School Superintendents in support of college and career readiness is revealed (more about this in Part 2). A meeting between the 2 Associations is set for August 2015. In relation to all this: a reference to the Feb. 1-3  Developing & Re-engineering of Education Summit (featuring Gates Foundation funded grant for  Khan Academy to align to CCSS). (*Note: This Summit is mentioned again about 16:32 and runs until about 17:00)

8) Not to be left out of all this: professional development for teachers to keep the ‘leadership pipeline’ in full effect. School leaders should be more like business CEOs; they should be capable of designing and implementing those Career Pathways, stackable credentials. (listen from 14:35 to 15:49 for all this)

9) The Gates Foundation is named as an AACC partner at 16:07.

10) In between the President of AACC and the keynote, Ms. Worth shares that the Workforce Development Institute is more than likely the only professional development for community college leaders. She segways into a short video about a 3D car. (This clip begins about 19:00 and ends near 22:04) As Ms. Worth prepares to introduce Mr. Pinchuk from Snap-On, she stresses Snap-On’s commitment to Career Tech Education and the Workforce training. (*Note: I’ll be sharing more about Snap-On’s CTE/CCSS ties in Part 2.) She also mentions how a rebranding of Career Pathways in education could be better for skilled workers. She’ll also mention Skills USA, National CTE Association (all this ends about 25:30). I’ll be sharing more about how Skills America and the National CTE Association are CSSS aligned in Part 2.

11) Mr. Pinchuk’s remarks will begin near 27:45:

a) He leads off with ‘income gap’ and ‘global competition for jobs’; b) our greatest weapon is technical education; ‘upskilling our workers is THE seminal issue of our time.(*Note: He repeats this point at least 3 times during his speech) and that NOTHING is more important than Career Technical Education; near the 49 minute mark, you’ll hear the ‘differentiation’ and global economy reference again, only this time the urgent need to build up technical education comes with it; ‘the MOST skilled workforce ‘wins’; at 50:00, listen for his statement about CTE possibly being the ONLY thing which saves us from evil!

b) More comments: 50:38 “Community colleges need to realize curriculum needs to match what’s required in the community”; how Community colleges need to embrace P3s (Public, private partnerships); at 51:00: “Schools and education AREN’T about getting a degree, they are about a career that will be rewarded and create pride and dignity”–those are outcome based measurements to use; Community colleges MUST market themselves to reflect all that’s been mentioned thus far; at 57:00, there’s a national calling for enlisting those to serve America via technical careers; at 1:02:16, all the above should be done/upskilling MUST occur BEFORE the corporate tax rate suffers; and about 1:04 into the speech, “American workers are the answer. I believe Career Tech Education and Community colleges are the way to unlock that power.”

c) Before the speech ended about 1:03, Mr. Snap-On questioned those who were in attendance with “Do you believe?” “Can you support a political candidate who backs the upskilling of America vs a current social issue you feel strongly about? Until you can do this, you are not a believer!”

What Are Some Other Things to Listen For?:

Which groups or agencies Mr. Pinchuk believes are the key players in community colleges and career tech education; how he stresses urgency in the importance to align education and workforce; how patriotic he waxes, yet not once is the honor of the U.S. Constitution being upheld mentioned (remember CCSS and all its parts like CTE break the 10th Amendment and 3 federal laws); how the ‘brillance of a few and the efforts of many will deliver us.’ (as in the entire nation); listen for all the historical accounts or books he cites, especially Henry Ford (Ford Foundation is a huge CCSS/CTE supporter and profiteer); be sure to listen for Mr. Pinchuk’s view of why the middle class is shrinking; while “Capital in the 21st Century” is a referenced book in his speech and a snicker or two is offered about how the concept in the book about only a few making a profit, that is exactly what is happening in CCSS! There are a few other key points, but I’ll go into those in Part 2.

The Program:

If you’d like to access the 2015 AACC Workforce Development Institute program, here’s the link:

To find out the things AACC is advocating in Washington D.C.:

To see just one of the President of the AACC’s op-eds for “Camelot”:


Remember, this Thursday’s “Tech Thursday” will complete our look into “Upskilling America”.

Some of the companies here love CTE and Career Pathways.  They also are unabashedly supportive of CC aligned citizens.
Some of the companies here love CTE and Career Pathways. They also are unabashedly supportive of CC aligned citizens.