High-quality CTE: Student Career Development

Click the + sign next to each category below to explore resources that align with the Student Career Development element of the ACTE Quality CTE Program of Study FrameworkTM.

This report summarizes state-level progress toward preparing young adults to be both college and career ready by analyzing states’ career readiness policies, investments and student outcomes.

This report highlights lessons learned from the implementation of a pilot career planning program for recent high school graduates in Bridgeport, Connecticut, including recommendations about building partnerships, messaging and recruitment strategies.

This report examines common areas of focus in career and college readiness (CCR) standards across K-12 districts and highlights nine key takeaways to improve CCR.

This research study examined survey results from high school teachers and principals to determine how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted student access to career and postsecondary transition supports.

Using longitudinal survey data from the National Center for Education Statistics, this report analyzes the effect of education and career planning on high school students’ postsecondary-going behaviors, such as submitting the FAFSA or enrolling in a postsecondary institution.

This brief reviews best practices for implementing effective individual career and academic plans at the state and local levels, with examples from states like Colorado, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

This brief highlights how career exploration in middle school can engage students during a transition period in their lives and outlines four key elements to a successful middle school exploration program.

This series, produced in collaboration with Xello, highlights promising practices in student career development such as virtual career development, social-emotional learning, district collaboration, work-based learning and early grades experiences.

This publication describes the criteria within the Student Career Development element of the ACTE Quality CTE Program of Study Framework, recommends types of evidence that programs can consider when assessing their performance against these quality criteria, and shares case studies of programs and institutions doing exemplary work to provide students with career exploration, planning and guidance services.

This report explores to what extent secondary and postsecondary school counselors and advisors have adopted career advising and development strategies.

Using survey data and student and faculty data, this report examines how the structure, content and intensity of advising impacts students’ learning engagement, effort, student-faculty interaction and other measures of success.

This study compared CTE and non-CTE high school students’ interactions with guidance counselors, participation in career development and thoughts about the relevance of a career-focused education to their educational and professional goals.

This publication describes the benefits of career exploration in middle school and explores different ways that schools and districts can integrate career exploration in these grades.

This research study found that STEM-focused career planning interventions and career readiness assessments were significant predictors of STEM retention for postsecondary students.

This publication shares results from a national study on the operationalization and effectiveness of individual learning plans in public high schools across the United States.

This report examines results of a five-year research study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy to assess how learners with disabilities are participating in individualized learning plans as a college and career readiness practice.

This paper surveys the career and education advising options available to veterans via military reintegration programs, web-based resources, non-profit service providers, and colleges and universities. It concludes that additional career and education advising resources are needed.

This journal article describes how comprehensive school counseling programs help students to become career ready and discusses the services that contribute to student career readiness.

This journal article examines the relationship between CTE and career counseling and guidance and looks at federal and state policies that have influenced career guidance.

CTE educators can use CTE Learn’s CareerPrepped toolkit to help learners build, prove and showcase their skills. Learners can document their skills and experiences and store skill evidence in a digital portfolio. They can seek feedback from community members and industry mentors on how well their evidence proves their claimed skills to improve how they signal their skills to employers. Learners can also get matched to jobs based on their skills, track their job search progress, build resumes and more.

The Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS) initiative integrates data and technology tools into advising practices to improve student and advisor interactions. Using research on iPASS and other advising initiatives, this resource provides an evidence-based framework for implementing an advising redesign that is sustained, strategic, integrated, proactive and personalized.

This guide was designed to help CTE leaders make difficult decisions as they offer remote, blended and socially distanced learning during COVID-19. It is organized around the elements of the ACTE Quality CTE Program of Study Framework, including guidance related to student career development.

This toolkit describes core programmatic elements for developing and expanding CTE into the middle grades, including career development. It includes a self-assessment and links to a repository of state-level resources that state and local leaders can leverage as they begin to develop and expand CTE into the middle grades.

This self-study guide provides states, local education agencies and schools with a tool to assess career readiness practices across a district or secondary school and to plan improvements, including guiding questions, potential sources of evidence and a rating scale for self-assessment.

This guide is intended for career counselors and advisors who are working directly with students to explore options and plan for potential career choices and opportunities.

This guide outlines how to promote individualized learning plans in secondary, postsecondary, workforce development and non-school settings, including evidence-based resources to design, implement and evaluate career development programs.

These guides, developed by the American School Counselor Association for the Colorado Department of Education, provide conversational prompts for career counselors, postsecondary partners and business partners when communicating about career and postsecondary planning with students of all grades, parents and communities.

This 15-minute survey helps students to identify their top three Career Clusters of interest.

The National Career Development Guidelines Framework provides a framework for the knowledge and skills learners need to manage their careers effectively. The framework has three domains: Personal Social Development, Educational Achievement and Lifelong Learning, and Career Management. Under each domain are goals that define broad areas of career development competency.

The first set of competencies describe the knowledge and skills that career counselors must demonstrate in the areas of assessment and evaluation to guide the development and evaluation of career counselor preparation and continuing education opportunities. The second set of competencies ensure that all individuals practicing in, or training for practice in, the career counseling and development field are aware of the expectation to practice in ways that promote the career development and functioning of individuals of all backgrounds.

  • Explore-work.com – George Washington University Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center

This resource features web-based modules for students that align with the five required WIOA Pre-Employment Transition Services.

This book provides an overview of the practice of career coaching, including how it differs from career counseling, and incorporates techniques, theories, assessments and a look at career coaching as it relates to future workforce demands.

This book informs career counselors on diversity, equity and social justice as it relates to career counseling, with foundational skills for counseling across different cultures as well as exercises, reflection questions and case scenarios.

The latest edition of this curriculum aligns with NCDA’s instructional program for career services providers and other career development providers. Instructors using this curriculum must attend a NCDA-approved Instructor Training Workshop and must be listed on the NCDA Instructor Registry.

This book reviews a multitude of career assessments, how to select a career assessment instrument and how to use career assessments in a variety of work environments, including K-12 schools, postsecondary institutions and workforce development organizations.

This text provides school counselors and educators with concrete examples of how to select, implement and evaluate the outcomes of interventions grounded in various career counseling theories and addresses career development and college readiness needs by grade level.

This book provides a comprehensive resource for assisting or guiding clients in searching for employment, including networking and the job search process; professional presentation through resumes, media, e-mail communications, interviewing, use of social media and personal branding; and workplace affiliation and job retention skills.

This book assists postsecondary career services providers with the procedures, policies, staffing, technology, evaluation methods, relationship-building techniques and trends associated with employer relations and recruitment programs in higher education settings.

This book provides action-based curriculum for secondary high school counselors to help students meet 21st-century college and career needs. The authors walk readers through how to make the transition from middle school to high school successful, use technology in the advising process, prepare students for standardized testing and help students research careers and colleges.

This webinar reviews findings from the National Longitudinal Transition Study of 2012 to examine disparities in college- and career-readiness supports and outcomes for students with disabilities after high school. Additionally, the webinar reviews how school counseling programs can be more inclusive of students with disabilities.

This webinar highlights integrated PreK-20 advising system models from Massachusetts and Iowa and reviews how individual career and academic plans can connect learners to wraparound supports.

In this webinar, leaders in education technology, the workforce, K-12 education and career development explore how Cajon Valley Union School District in California is creating a career development continuum from early grades to postsecondary education and the workforce.

This webinar focuses on the topic of online and virtual student career development tools and explores effective use of these technologies to support each student’s career goals and aspirations.

This webinar reviews how middle and high school educators can provide simulated job activities to identify student career interests, explore career activities, practice applied academics and put together an achievable career plan.

In this webinar, panelists discuss how to support student career development through the collaboration of educators, counselors, CTE coordinators, CTE industry experts and parents across a school district.

This webinar explores how to introduce career development at earlier ages and stages to ensure effective academic and career development in high school.

In this webinar, a panel of experts focused on the current state of counseling, career development and social emotional learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This webinar describes career advising and development strategies and their connections to CTE as well as current inequities in career advising and how to address these inequities.

This webinar provides an overview of CTE to counselors, including the elements of high-quality CTE programs of study, the benefit and value of CTE, and the various types of CTE delivery systems and models in existence throughout the nation.

This webinar reviews strategies to integrate labor market information into career advising and development as well as where to locate labor market data in one’s state/community.

This webinar provides insight into building a career development program that starts in kindergarten and extends through senior year of high school to ensure that students are informed about their career and postsecondary choices.

In this webinar, Robin Kroyer-Kubicek, Career Pathways Education Consultant in Wisconsin, discusses student career development and how it must connect student personal goals and learning in all courses and experiences outside the classroom.

Eastern New Mexico University professor Cindy Miller discusses how to create Tools for career Readiness, Exploration and Evaluation (TREE) and offers resources on career development for all grades.

In this webinar, viewers learn the benefits of mentor/mentee relationships, clarify the roles and responsibilities of mentors and mentees, and explore how to build successful mentoring relationships.

This course helps career support staff recognize the impact of existing school culture on developing student career readiness and explore the leadership skills and tools needed for creating a culture of career readiness.

This series of courses for career support staff reviews the essentials for developing strong relationships with employers, including how to become an effective job developer, creating effective career fairs, maintaining employer partnerships and establishing employer advisory boards.

This course provides tools for career support staff to help students through four stages of their job search: completing a targeted job search, writing a powerful resume and cover letter, presenting professionally, and developing effective interview skills.

This series of courses provides the foundations for being a successful career support professional. The coursework reviews how to assist students in the job search, use digital career-marketing strategies, develop modern job search documents and become an effective career coach.

  • Integrating Career Readiness Into Your Courses: Part I and Part II ($) – CTE Learn

These two courses provide an overview of incorporating career readiness in the classroom.

In this course series for career support staff, participants learn how to establish and promote a career services department, create an alumni association, implement work-based learning programs, maximize graduate employment outcomes, and verify and document graduate placement.

This series of courses describes the unique challenges faced by students from a variety of different backgrounds and how to empower them through career services.

Tables include data on secondary students’ development and use of graduation, career or education plans; student participation in various career preparation activities; and influences on students’ thinking about careers.