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Career & Technical Education

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

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  • Teen boy playing video games at home on his computer

    Diverse Students Find a Home in Esports

    A fast-growing industry is making its mark in U.S. schools. Its proponents say it’s far more inclusive than traditional sports—and paves the way to future careers.
    Meghan Laslocky
  • A Tech Support Center Run by Students

    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.
  • Running a Business in School

    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.
  • The Benefits of Providing Career Pathways in High School

    An assistant principal explains how a focus on industrial arts can generate enthusiasm among high school students.
  • A diverse group of four high school students collaborate at a table at Dayton STEM school

    Using Project-Based Learning to Prepare Students for Cutting-Edge Careers

    Hoping to prepare high school graduates to solve complex, real-world problems, an Ohio STEM school found answers in project-based learning.
  • Young man prepares food in restaurant kitchen

    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.
  • Students at Big Picture Learning schools are encouraged to pursue their own interests through internships with members of the community who share similar passions.

    CTE and the Demands of the Moment

    Modern career and technical education programs emphasize both college and career readiness—even during a pandemic.
  • two high school aged students working with a teacher around a computer

    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.
  • Student with hand raised in class at Smyrna High School.

    Teacher Recruitment Starting in High School

    From Mississippi to Hawaii, new programs recruit high school students to become teachers.
  • Making Career Connections in Every Classroom

    Making Career Connections in Every Classroom

    Building real-world work skills and authentic activities into lessons helps students see a path beyond high school.
  • Eight elementary-age students are smiling, running out of the school building through three opened doors.

    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.
  • Students construct a model wind turbine for the Green Energy Pathway at Skyline High School in Oakland.

    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.
  • Three high school students at table looking at spiral-bound notebook.

    How an Apprenticeship Model Engaged Students and Turned a School Around

    At Maplewood Richmond Heights High School, educators think of school as an apprenticeship for kids’ futures—and it’s working.
  • A teenager teaches a pre-k student in a school library

    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.
  • Illustration concept for technology education

    How to Design Tech Programs to Prepare Students for the Future

    Coding, engineering, and robotics courses aren’t enough. Students should be taught to think about how technology intersects with communication, creativity, and problem-solving.

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