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This clearinghouse is designed to provide detailed information on topics of key interest to career and technical educators and administrators. Click on a topic below to access best practice articles, research reports, podcasts, webinars, policy papers and presentations from ACTE, the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, and other organizations and individuals. These resources can be used to improve practice and inform further research and development in these areas. ACTE does not endorse any specific resource or method referenced in the clearinghouse, but has worked to pull together as much diverse information as possible to help stakeholders improve CTE programs around the country!

Student Outcomes
Technical Skill Attainment
High School Completion and Dropout Prevention
Secondary-postsecondary Transitions
Postsecondary Pathways and Credential Completion 

Educator Development and Support
Educator Recruitment and Retention
Pre-service Training and Teacher Certification
Professional Development
Leadership/Administrator Development
Educator Evaluation

Teaching and Learning Strategies
Academic Integration
Online Learning and Technology in the Classroom
Work-based and Service Learning
Employability/21st-century Skills
Career and Technical Student Organizations 

Program Design/Implementation
Programs of Study, Career Pathways and Alignment
Business Partnerships and Community Involvement
Curriculum and Program Development
Student Recruitment and Program Promotion
Program Assessment/Evaluation  

Student Support
Career Guidance and Counseling
Parental Involvement
Serving Special Populations
Recruitment and Retention of Students to Non-traditional Fields
Support Services for Working Adults and Other Non-traditional Students  

School Reform
Career Academies and Small Learning Communities
Secondary School Redesign
STEM
College and Career Readiness
Community College Transformation 

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CTE Clearinghouse: Postsecondary Pathways and Credential Completion

Techniques Advert Events Partners Countdown Pathways within postsecondary education, leading to attainment of certificates and degrees, foster student success today and in the future. The following resources include best practice articles, research reports, podcasts, Webinars, policy papers and presentations that address strategies CTE programs have used to foster attainment at different levels of the postsecondary system. ACTE Resources Techniques Articles  An Education for All Seasons of Life  Postsecondary Partnerships: Valdosta State University Partners with Regional Technical Colleges  Postsecondary Partnerships: UW-Stout's Bachelor's in Industrial Management  Manufacturing Careers, Skilled Workers and the Economy  Launching Students into Their Decade of Transition (All Access)  The Certification Advantage  Ensure Portability and Transferability of Credits and Skills Attained  Issue Brief  CTE’s Role in Worker Retraining  VISION Presentations  Using Adult Career Pathways Models to Meet the Needs of Adult Learners—Richard Hinckley (2010) NRCCTE Resources Research Reports  Relative Impact of Interventions to Improve Achievement and Retention in Postsecondary Occupational Programs  Moving Beyond the GED: Low-Skilled Adult Transition to Occupational Pathways at Community Colleges Leading to Family-Supporting Careers – Research Synthesis  Career and Technical Education Pathway Programs, Academic Performance, and the Transition to College and Career   Podcasts  Moving Beyond the GED  Career and Technical Education Pathway Programs, Academic  Performance, and the Transition to College and Career  Reports Advancing by Degrees - A Framework for Increasing College Completion (California State University–Sacramento Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy (CSUS IHELP)) Policy Brief - Career Opportunities: Career Technical Education and the College Completion Agenda – Parts I and II (CSUS IHELP)  Certificates Count: An Analysis of Sub-baccalaureate Certificates (Complete College America)  Complete to Compete: Improving Postsecondary Attainment among Adults (National Governors Association) Replenishing Opportunity in America: The 2012 Midterm Report of Public Higher Education Systems in the Access to Success Initiative (Access to Success) Certificates: Gateway to Gainful Employment and College Degrees (Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW)) The College Advantage: Weathering the Economic Storm (CEW) The Undereducated American (CEW) A Stronger Nation through Higher Education: How and Why Americans Must Meet a "Big Goal" for College Attainment (Lumina Foundation for Education)  Modeling the Role of Community Colleges in Increasing Educational Attainment and Workforce Preparedness. BHEF Working Paper (Business-Higher Education Forum) Leaving No Worker Behind: Community Colleges Retrain the Michigan Workforce--and Themselves (Jobs for the Future)  Overcoming Obstacles, Optimizing Opportunities: State Policies to Increase Postsecondary Attainment for Low-Skilled Adults (Jobs for the Future) Guide to Adult Education for Work: Transforming Adult Education to Grow a Skilled Workforce (Jobs for the Future)  Employers, Low-Income Young Adults, and Postsecondary Credentials: A Practical Typology for Business, Education, and Community Leaders (Workforce Strategy Center)   Adult Education and Postsecondary Success. Policy Brief (National Commission on Adult Literacy) The Adult Learner and the Applied Baccalaureate: Emerging Lessons for State and Local Implementation (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Office of Community College Research and Leadership) Help Wanted...Credentials Required: Community Colleges in the Knowledge Economy (Community College Press) A Model for Accelerating Academic Success of Community College Remedial English Students: Is the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) Effective and Affordable? (CCRC Working Paper No. 21) Turning the Tide: Five Years of Achieving the Dream in Community Colleges (CCRC) What Can Student Right-to-Know Graduation Rates Tell Us About Community College Performance? (CCRC Working Paper No. 6) What We Know about Community College Low-Income and Minority Student Outcomes (CCRC) The Condition of Education 2012 (National Center for Education Statistics) College Completion Tool Kit (United States Department of Education) Peer Reviewed Research Journal Articles  Degree Aspirations of Two-year College Students (Community College Journal of Research and Practice (CCJRP), $) The Applied Baccalaureate Degree: The Right Time and Place (originally published in CCJRP) The Community College Baccalaureate Movement: Cutting-edge Dissertation Research (originally published in CCJRP) Hispanic Community College Students and the Transfer Game: Strikes, Misses, and Grand Slam Experiences (CCJRP, $) Transfer Between Community Colleges and 4-Year Colleges: The All-American Game (originally published in CCJRP) The Career Pathway Model: Small Steps to Big Leaps (originally published in CCJRP) Pathways and Persistence: Basic Skills Students at One Washington State Community College (CCJRP, $) Attrition, Completion, and Graduation Rates in Georgia Technical Colleges Before and After the Initiation of the HOPE Grant (originally published in Career Technical Education Research)  

CTE Clearinghouse: Work-based and Service Learning

More and more, schools are turning to work-based and service learning methods to improve academic performance and student engagement as well as to help the community. The following resources include best practice articles and research reports on how CTE has used work-based and service learning to support and improve outcomes for students, businesses and the community.

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