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Jane Oates is currently the Vice President for External Affairs at the Apollo Group. Prior to joining the Apollo Group in June, 2013, Ms. Oates served as the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor. Immediately before joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Oates served as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education under Governor Jon Corzine.
For the preceding decade Ms. Oates worked as senior advisor to Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Her portfolio for the Senator included higher education, teacher preparation, research, workforce and training issues, national service and special populations. She was the lead staff on reauthorizations of the Higher Education Act, the Office of Educational Research, the National Science Foundation, the Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and the Workforce Investment Act.
Earlier in her career Ms. Oates was the Director of Field Services at the Temple University Center for Research in Human Development and Education where she was engaged in research on inclusion, community schools, charter schools, and the work of the federally funded Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory.
Ms. Oates began her career as a special education teacher in the Boston and Philadelphia public schools. She holds a BA in Special Education from Boston College and an M.ED in Reading from Arcadia University.
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