Matthew Valerius (MPP '10) was recently awarded a 2012 Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF), the U.S. government's primary leadership training program aimed at recent graduate students. As a presidential management fellow, Valerius obtained a position in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE).
"It will be a privilege to have the opportunity to work on these critical initiatives at the federal level, and I am excited to begin in OVAE this July," says Valerius.
OVAE is responsible for administering and coordinating federal programs related to adult education and literacy, career and technical education, and community colleges. He will be working primarily on OVAE community college initiatives designed to: a) build public support for community colleges and program reforms across the country, b) provide actionable guidance on community college education for teachers, administrators, students and employers, and c) promote strategies to support students in the completion of their degrees and certificate programs. Much of his work in OVAE will also be focused on the priorities outlined in the Obama Administration's recent proposal to reauthorize and transform the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act in order to improve the quality of career and technical education (CTE) programs around the country and better align classroom teaching and learning at community colleges with ongoing industry needs.