What is CTE?

What was once known as vocational education, CTE has been transformed to meet the dynamic needs of a global economy, ensuring college and career success for its students. CTE today requires a new level of excellence and prepares students (secondary, postsecondary and adult) for a wide range of careers, the majority of which require a postsecondary credential. CTE programs incorporate rigorous academic and technical standards as well as critical workplace skills such as problem solving, communication and teamwork.

CTE in the 21st Century is guided by five principles.


· is critical to ensuring that the United States leads in global competitiveness.

· actively partners with employers to design and provide high-quality, dynamic programs.

· prepares students to succeed in further education and careers

· is delivered through comprehensive programs of study aligned to The National Career Clusters framework.

· is a results-driven system that demonstrates a positive return on investment.

For more information go to www.careertech.org.