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Pradeep Kotamraju, Ph.D

Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju is the current Director of the Career and College Transition Division, within the California Department of Education. As California’s State Director for Career Technical Education (CTE), Pradeep has leadership responsibility over secondary and postsecondary CTE programs that are funded through The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 and the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Prior to holding the California State Director position, Pradeep served as the Iowa CTE State Director, and as the Deputy Director of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) at the University of Louisville, in Louisville, Kentucky. Earlier in his career, Pradeep served as the System Director of the Perkins Office within the Office of the Chancellor, at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Additionally, Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju has held several senior administrative positions in higher education and workforce development agencies in Minnesota.

Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju authored several publications and monographs, including presentations, on student success in CTE, and workforce development within the United States, in addition to the area of economic progress in the developing world. Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju’s research includes the examination of a variety of labor market information and workforce development issues that connect occupations, skills and careers, as individuals transitioned back and forth between employment and education. Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju has participated on several statewide, regional and national committees which focus primarily on CTE programs, budget and finance, and accountability. Some of these committees Pradeep has served on have broader focus which places CTE front and center when it comes to connecting education, workforce development, and economic development.

Before working in the public service sector, Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju taught college and university level Economics and Statistics at several higher education institutions in Minnesota and Kentucky. Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois and received his Master’s Degree in Economics from George Washington University, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Delhi, India.

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