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Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE)

In a constantly changing world that is demanding increasingly complex skills from its workforce, we believe in Preparing America's Future. OVAE's policies and programs support the goal that no learner be left behind.

We support a wide range of policies, programs, and activities that help young people and adults obtain the knowledge and skills they need to prepare for postsecondary education, successful careers and productive lives. The OVAE gateway includes access to information, research and resources to help students become lifelong learners and make the most of their education, their careers, and their individual human potential.

OVAE's activities fall into four areas: High Schools, Career and Technical Education, Community Colleges, and Adult Education and Literacy. Find information on these topics, plus related legislation, grants and other resources, by clicking on the links in the left-hand menu.


• Assistant Secretary's Testimony Stresses Four Main Education Principles
Assistant Secretary Carol D'Amico, Ed.D., presented testimony on "High School and Transition Into the Workforce" before the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies. Dr. D'Amico directs the Office of Vocational and Adult Education. She testified along with four other U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretaries: Sally Stroup, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Postsecondary Education; Bob Pasternack, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Russ Whitehurst, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Education Research and Improvement and Susan Neuman, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. The testimony emphasized the Administration's four key education principles, which include closing the achievement gap, focusing on what works, providing greater flexibility in the delivery of education, and providing both parents and students with options.

• Assistant Secretary D'Amico visits schools nationwide to promote "No Child Left Behind"
Assistant Secretary Carol D'Amico launched a series of site visits to promote President George W. Bush's "No Child Left Behind" legislation. While visiting her home state of Indiana as well as stops in Florida, and Maryland Assistant Secretary D'Amico took time to talk with students, teachers, and legislators about the issues most important to them.

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Additional information about us, our organization and senior staff, as well as details on how to contact our office.

We'd like to hear from you

Assistant Secretary Carol D'Amico wants to hear from you! Email us with your ideas about the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Workforce Investment Act), effective practices, or "Preparing America's Future."


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