Global Competence Through CTE Course and Toolkit

Global Competence



Rapid economic, technological, and social changes are creating a world that is ever more interconnected. One in ten Americans is foreign born, and local communities urban, suburban, and rural  are growing more diverse. To take advantage of global market opportunities, companies must hire workers with global competence that is, the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance. U.S. educators face a critical new imperative: to prepare all students for work and civic roles in an environment where success increasingly requires the ability to compete, connect, and cooperate on an international scale.

One promising way in which students can learn about and apply global competencies is through Career and Technical Education (CTE). With an anchor in preparing students for the careers of their choice and a focus on the critical academic, technical, and employability skills needed for success, CTE offers a natural platform on which to build global competencies. Globally minded CTE programs can provide the rigorous and authentic setting necessary to prepare students for the competitive world economy, while offering a more engaging, motivating, and relevant education experience.

Previously, no tools or resources had been developed to assist CTE educators in understanding what global competence is, the importance for students? future careers, or how to integrate it into what is already being taught in classrooms. This new project, funded by PMI Educational Foundation, and led by Asia Society in partnership with ACTE and Advance CTE, addresses these issues.

Online Course

The online course consists of two professional development modules and accompanying tools that can be customized to the local context. The tools can be used with the modules or as stand-alones.?

  1. The first module introduces the concept of global competence and why it is important for career and technical education. This helps teachers build an understanding about what global competence is and include important statistics, research, and surveys on the need for students to be globally competent to be successful in global careers. It also includes profiles of global careers from each of the major career groups or clusters. This module includes tools such as:?
    • Chapters and articles defining global competence.?
    • Talking points for getting started and getting buy-in from school leaders and administrators.
    • Career profile interviews that feature CEOs or HR professionals.?
    • Global leadership performance outcomes (learning targets) and rubrics to guide instruction and assessment.
    • Career exploration project templates to assist students in creating learning plans for global careers.


  2. The second module introduces teachers to how global issues can be integrated into existing curriculum and will clearly demonstrate how global competence and project management already align to CTE standards and classrooms. Existing examples from classes being taught within each of the career groups are included. This module includes tools such as:?
    • Crosswalks of the Common Career Technical Core (common CTE standards similar to the Common Core State Standards), global competence, and project management to demonstrate the overlap and natural fit between them.
    • Review of the global components of the Career Ready Practices written by Advance CTE and adopted by many states.
    • Sample projects and units integrated with global themes and content.
    • Capstone project outlines and ideas based on current projects being utilized in CTE ? but with an added global dimension.
    • Existing tools related to project management.


Other curricular tools, resources, case studies, and examples are also included. An Advisory Group oversees the work and the pilot phase helped to refine the course and tools.

For instructions on how to register and login for the free course modules, click here.

Project Partners.

ACTE Trademarked Logo

The Association for Career and Technical Education is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. Their mission is to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce. With over 29,000 members in every U.S. state, their membership and reach will be instrumental to this project.


Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.


Advance CTE (formerly the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium) was established in 1920 to represent the state and territory heads of secondary, postsecondary, and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across the nation. Advance CTE?s vision is to support an innovative CTE system that prepares individuals to succeed in education and their careers and poises the United States to flourish in a global, dynamic economy through leadership, advocacy, and partnerships. Their mission is to support visionary state leadership, cultivate best practices and speak with a collective voice on national policy to promote academic and technical excellence that ensures a career-ready workforce.



The PMI Educational Foundation is a charitable nonprofit organization leveraging project management for social good. PMIEF develops, implements and delivers innovative programs including scholarships, awards and grants as well as educational resources that strengthen both teaching and learning.