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ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION

What Is CTE?

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What is career and technical education? CTE has a long and rich history in the United States. Today’s CTE has evolved from a limited number of vocational programs available at the turn of the 20th century into a broad system that encompasses a variety of challenging fields in diverse subject areas that are constantly evolving due to the changing global economy.

Today’s CTE provides students:

  • academic subject matter taught with relevance to the real world
  • employability skills, from job-related skills to workplace ethics
  • career pathways that link secondary and postsecondary education
  • second-chance education and training
  • education for additional training and degrees, especially related to workplace training, skills upgrades and career advancement

Each state administers CTE in a different manner and ACTE has produced a set of CTE State Profiles to provide clarity and context to these multifaceted and diverse systems. In many cases, state and local CTE programs are “leading the way” with regard to important public policy issues such as high school reform and secondary-postsecondary transition.

Also, consider the important work of career and technical student organizations, which are organizations that reinforce CTE instruction through co-curricular activities that prepare young people to become productive citizens and leaders.

ACTE collects data and research that supports better understanding of today’s CTE systems, programs and services, and highlights the potential that CTE provides students related to technical skills, academic achievement and career guidance. View the CTE Research Clearinghouse to identify current research information across a range of topics from journals, studies and articles, or use our Fact Sheets for citations and quotations from sources supporting the value of CTE.

ACTE is the dissemination arm of the National Research Center for CTE and will continue to update information and promote the best practices in CTE as it continues to evolve.

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CTE Clearinghouse: Community College Transformation

Community colleges play an important role in developing the U.S. workforce, but have faced challenges related to access, completion and resources. These articles, research papers, policy reports and online media focus on community college best practices, collaboration with business and institutional reform.

CTE Clearinghouse: Programs of Study, Career Pathways and Career Clusters

Techniques Advert Events Partners Countdown CTE programs that receive Perkin’s funding are required to offer at least one program of study that includes coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant career and technical content. The content must be delivered in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses that align secondary education with postsecondary education and lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level or an associate or baccalaureate degree. The following resources include best practice articles, research reports, podcasts, Webinars, and presentations that address strategies CTE programs have used to successfully implement programs of study. ACTE Resources  Techniques Articles  A Closer Look at Programs of Study  VISION Presentations  Connect to Clusters   Programs of Study: Early Lessons From Three Field-based Studies   What Do Mature Programs of Study Look Like? Early Findings From a Longitudinal Study  NRCCTE Resources  Research Reports  What Will Be the Impact of Programs of Study?: A Preliminary Assessment Based on Similar Previous Initiatives, State Plans for Implementation, and Career Development Theory  Programs of Study: Year 2 Joint Technical Report  Podcasts  Rigorous Tests of Student Outcomes in CTE Programs of Study Updates 1, 2, 3, 4    What Will Be the Impact of Programs of Study? A Preliminary Assessment   Video/Webinars  Programs of Study Seminar at the ACTE National Policy Seminar and Q&A  Programs of Study: Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College  Programs of Study: Brevard Public Schools, Florida  Green Programs of Study: Los Angeles Trade-Tech College - Part 1  Green Programs of Study: Los Angeles Trade-Tech College - Part 2  Programs of Study: Omaha Public Schools Video and Webinar on Programs of Study Reports  Career and Technology Education: Educating Tomorrow's Workforce Today. Maryland High School Career and Technology Education Programs of Study. Second Edition (Maryland Department of Education) The Theory and Application of Contextualized Teaching and Learning in Relation to Programs of Study and Career Pathways. Transition Highlights. Issue 2 (Office of Community College Research and Leadership) Illinois' Career Cluster Model (Office of Community College Research and Leadership)  Peer Reviewed Research  Journal Articles   A Taxonomic Description of the Science Integrating Learning Objectives in Career and Technical Education Programs of Study (Career and Technical Education Research) ($) The Success of Implementing Programs of Study in Health Careers through Career Clusters and Pathways (Career and Technical Education Research) ($) Other Organizations   Perkins Collaborative Resource Network 

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