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#AskExcelinEd: One thing policymakers should know about Career and Technical Education


• Dr. Danielle Mezera

To close out our recognition of #CTEMonth, Dr. Danielle Mezera, co-author of four of our five Career and Technical Education (CTE) Playbooks, shares one thing policymakers need to know about CTE. Check out the video below!


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Dr. Danielle Mezera

In March 2017, Danielle Mezera launched her boutique consulting firm, DCM Consulting, specializing in K-12 and postsecondary education and the intersection of these to inform strong education-to-career learning pathways. Prior to this, Mezera served as the Assistant Commissioner for College, Career and Technical Education for the Tennessee Department of Education. As Assistant Commissioner, Mezera oversaw CTE curricula, state-promoted early postsecondary course offerings, ACT/SAT, postsecondary matriculation initiatives, K-12 school counseling and work-based learning. She also served as state lead with Pathways to Prosperity Network and the J.P. Morgan Chase - New Skills for Youth grants. Prior to assuming her state role, Mezera served as chief education policy advisor for Mayor Purcell and Mayor Dean of Nashville-Davidson County. Before entering public service, Mezera served as a director at the Vanderbilt University Institute for Public Policy Studies. During her tenure at Vanderbilt University, Danielle held various senior level positions in administration. Mezera holds a B.A., M.Ed. and Ph.D. in education.