Career Technical Education

Association for Career and Technical Education

ACTE is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. This area offers information about the history, mission and structure of ACTE, as well as details on our annual awards program.

Career Clusters: Forecasting Demand for High School Through College Jobs, 2008-2018

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce released a report entitled, “Career Clusters: Forecasting Demand for High School Through College Jobs, 2008-2018”. The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors Career Technical Education Consortium collaborated with Georgetown University in producing this report. The report highlights the most promising careers (utilizing the 16 nationally recognized career clusters) that will enable youth to obtain a middle class income that matches to their educational background (high school diploma or less, certificate, associate’s degree, and bachelor’s or higher).



Career Technical Education (CTE) website is dedicated to assisting youth in developing foundational skills, core workplace competencies, and specific skill competencies. CTE provides educational opportunities for youth to experience internships, practicums, cooperative education, school-based enterprises, dual enrollment programs, and apprenticeships. These types of experiences provide opportunities for youth to integrate and apply their academic and technical skills in the employment environment. The CTE website offers lesson plans and resources for teacher educators and youth with disabilities.


National Research Center for Career and Technical Education

The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) publish research and data on several Career and Technical Education (CTE) issues such as programs of study/career pathways; curriculum integration of CTE with math, literacy, and science; postsecondary retention and completion; effective professional development; and accountability and assessment. The publications are free on the website. In addition, NRCCTE offers videos, podcasts, webinars, and presentations for individuals to access for additional information and resources in CTE.

O*Net Resource Center

O*Net Resource Center is sponsored by the Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration. O*Net has the largest database for information regarding occupational information. O*Net has several products that would be beneficial for youth with disabilities, educators, and professionals who work with youth with disabilities. For example, O*Net has career assessment tools, Spanish-language version of My Next Move, My Next Move for Veterans, and O*Net Questionnaires.


This report from the Workforce Strategy Center outlines a step-by-step approach for locally implementing career pathways between K-12 education and the workforce and discusses how state-level officials can support those efforts. The last section of the guide focuses on lessons learned about building relationships and having realistic expectations in building career pathways.


The Virginia Employment Commission created the Mid-Atlantic Guide to Information on Careers (MAGIC). The MAGIC guide provides resources on the evolving world of work, career planning, training and education, searching for a job, applying for a job, interviewing, and budgeting. The guide was developed to assist parents and educators in career planning. In addition, there are resources and information regarding emerging careers in the 21st century.