Career and Technical Education differs from the traditional academic preparation of students by focusing on the hands-on application of the skills and technical knowledge required in industry. Career and Technical Education focuses on career preparation along with acquiring technical and academic knowledge. Career and Technical Education can be offered within the traditional high school setting or may be offered through district or area career centers. Career and Technical Education can begin in the secondary education years or during postsecondary education.
- CTE is for students preparing for college and those preparing for careers.
- CTE is about workforce and career preparation, not just job preparation.
- CTE gives students real work experience.
- CTE integrates core academics with real work and real world experience.
- CTE happens in STEM classes, in Robotics clubs, in Graphic Arts classes, and in many other classes and clubs throughout the secondary years.
- Formerly known as “vocational education” which is now considered to be an outdated term as it does not take into account the breadth, academic emphasis and vigor of most CTE programs.
- CTE programs are supported at the federal level by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
- Perkins IV and Perkins V definitions can be found at this link. They are now on the (Indiana) Governor’s Workforce Cabinet. Remember the 6 credit definition (Perkins IV) is for Class of 2019-2022 and Perkins V is for Class of 2023 and beyond.
- Indiana State Board of Education Course Sequence for Concentrator Status 12 12 18
- IDOE Memo Concentrator Courses_December 2018
- A video for parents: Finding Your Own Path, A Mom’s story (Mom thought she was raising a future CEO, paying for a private high school tuition and planning her son’s future at a prestigious university. Nathan had other dreams and goals.)
- Question: I just want to clarify because it was my understanding that in order to qualify for the concentrator, not only did the student need to complete the courses that are listed in the documentation provided by IDOE, but these courses must also be taught by a vocationally licensed teacher
- Response: There are two different course codes for Anat and Phys: one code is non-CTE, and the other is CTE. If you are not offering a CTE Health Science program, then use the non-CTE code. All CTE courses should be taught by someone with the appropriate industry experience, background, or credentials. A teacher will need to have the appropriate license identified in the assignment code for CTE courses…those course codes are what we use to track CTE funding, concentrator status, among many other items for state and federal reporting purposes. (From Stefany Deckard, IDOE, Feburary 2019)
- IDOE Career and Technical Education: http://www.doe.in.gov/cte
- IN Association for Career and Technical Education: http://www.indianaacte.org/
- Association for Career and Technical Education (National Organization): https://www.acteonline.org/
- National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education consortium NASDCTEc: http://www.indianaacte.org/
- National Center for Women In Information Technology (NCWIT) – The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is the only national non-profit focused on women’s participation in computing across the entire ecosystem, helping more than 1,100 organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing support, evidence, and action. NCWIT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, chartered in 2004 by the National Science Foundation. The following are resources NCWIT developed in collaboration with their social science team and are based on research:
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