George Lucas Educational Foundation

Career and Technical Education

Provide students with pathways to postsecondary education and careers by integrating core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge.

  • A Tech Support Center Run by Students

    High school students develop real-world skills by providing on-site tech support to their classmates and school staff.
  • How to Prepare Students for the Workplace Through Certifications

    Creating courses around industry certifications can give students an advantage in the job search after graduation.
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  • Making Career Connections in Every Classroom

    Building real-world work skills and authentic activities into lessons helps students see a path beyond high school.
  • 15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)

    With this collection of resources, you can teach your students to code—even if you’re still learning yourself.
  • Running a Business in School

    Students learn skills like maintaining inventory, marketing, and scheduling while working in a cafe as part of a business class.
  • Transition Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Administrators

    Matt Davis has highlighted resources for parents, teachers, and administrators that can help students make the transition into elementary, middle, and high school -- and beyond.
  • Resources for Building Community Partnerships

    Learn how schools can benefit from the support and expertise of local businesses, organizations, and individuals, and discover strategies for fostering successful business and community partnerships.
  • Modernizing Career and Technical Education

    As jobs increasingly require new skills, high schools revive programs that help students explore careers in the course of their studies.
  • How to Prepare Students to Learn by Teaching

    Ideas for how to have older students teach younger ones, shared by a teacher at a high school career academy for future teachers.
  • Teacher Recruitment Starting in High School

    From Mississippi to Hawaii, new programs recruit high school students to become teachers.
  • Literacy Skills in Career and Technical Education Classes

    CTE classes are a great place for literacy lessons as students are presented with authentic texts like technical manuals, computer programs, and blueprints.
  • Helpful Resources to Share With High School Graduates

    Resources you can share with soon-to-be graduates to help them start planning for their college or career path.
  • That "Aha!" Moment of College or Career Readiness

    College and career readiness begins when we learn what students care about and connect them with accomplished individuals in those fields for a view of their future.
  • A School Rooted in Real-World Learning

    A Philadelphia K–12 school focuses on arts and sciences to foster students’ passions and prepare them for college and careers.
  • Using Entrepreneurship to Transform Student Work

    Guest blogger Raleigh Werberger, a high school history and humanities teacher, describes a PBL unit that flipped a class from 'just good enough' to creating a working business model and seeking funds to launch a startup.