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Annual Conference

Our 2015 Annual Conference was held in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Please see the Annual Conference page for information about our 2015 conference.

Our 2016 Annual Conference is being planned and it will be in Connecticut, tentatively scheduled sometime during the week before Memorial Day. Please check back for further information.

Congressman Joe Kennedy III reintroduced the Perkins Modernization Act. Read about it.

First passed in 1984, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act provides federal funding for CTE – or vocational – education across the country. The Perkins Act was last updated by Congress in 2006 and is due for reauthorization. Kennedy’s bill would adjust the legislative language of the Perkins Act to ensure that CTE efforts across the country take into account the trends and projections identified by labor market data. When CTE is informed by labor market data and aligned with the evolving needs of our economy, students graduate ready for competitive employment and lifetime opportunity in the economy’s in-demand industry sectors and occupations. This bill reaffirms and strengthens the important bipartisan purpose of the Perkins Act—preparing CTE students to succeed in the modern workforce.

The Dear Colleague Letter about the legislation is here.

The summary description of the Perkins Modernization Act is here.

The Perkins Modernization Act legislation as submitted to Congress is here.

Indiana has passed legislation expanding CTE programs in that state. Read about it.

Membership in NAWI provides opportunities to:

  • share information with program innovators on the cutting edge of workforce education program improvement
  • use firsthand information from leaders of exemplary projects
  • gain insight into workforce education program innovations
  • develop a network of colleagues engaged in workforce education program improvement
  • be involved in preparing national agenda for workforce education program improvement
  • participate in conferences featuring national leaders in workforce education program improvements.


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NAWI’s Vision and Mission
A Brief History of NAWI 
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