Business and Industry Resources


Career and Technical Education isn’t just something that educators should be concerned with. Business and Industry stands to benefit from high-quality CTE programs as well, because such programs provide students with academic, technical, and employability skills that are needed in the workplace. ACTE provides resources, tools and examples of best practices that can help strengthen the relationships between employers and CTE educators nationwide.

To learn more about the ways in which businesses can work with ACTE and communicate with CTE educators and other ACTE members, please visit our Corporate Membership page. ACTE recognizes the contributions of partners from the business and industry communities through the ACTE Image Awards, which we award annually at CareerTech VISION.

ACTE Publications for Business and Industry

Industry Connect BlogThis blog offers our business and industry partners the opportunity to share their thought leadership on their collaborative efforts with career and technical educators and publish information that is of interest to the CTE Community.

Fact SheetsIssue Sheets and Issue BriefsThese resources document the role CTE plays in meeting specific goals of the American educational system, which include, among others, building a path to energy and environmental sustainability, lowering the amount of students that drop out, and increasing American competitiveness.

Guide to Understanding CTE: This guide provides not only a basic summary of the value of Career and Technical Education but offers a large glossary of key terms, branches of government, business associations, and student organizations that will assist anyone conducting outreach in the CTE Community. This document is available upon request.
Sector SheetsACTE’sSector Sheet Series describes CTE’s role in growing the qualified workforce for vital and emerging industry sectors. Share these advocacy tools with industry, education leaders, policymakers and the public to illustrate how CTE supports specific industries and prepares students for career success.
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ACTE Partners with the Embassy of Switzerland: Apprenticeship programs offer great opportunities to give students the experience they need to enter the workforce. This document describes an event held in partnership between ACTE and the Swiss Embassy in the United States where presenters showcased the Swiss Apprenticeship Model and its adaptations within the United States.

Taking Business to School Case Study Series: 
Each installment in this series presents a detailed summary of a partnership between a business and an educational institution that has given students the opportunity to enter work-based learning programs and gain experience that allows them to begin well-paying, engaging careers.
Why Business and Industry Support CTE: This joint publication between ACTE and Advance CTE is a one-page document that lays out strong talking points about the reasons business and industry supports CTE and the ways interested businesses can collaborate with the CTE Community.

Competency Models (ETA): The Employment and Training Administration has worked with partners including the Automation Federation to develop competency models for many different CTE fields. Learn more about the skills students need to have successful careers in manufacturing, health care, information technology, hospitality, and more.

To contribute to ACTE’s Business and Industry Resources page, please contact ACTE at 800-826-9972.