National Association of State Directors of Career
Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)

NASDCTEc Releases New Issue Brief on Progressive State CTE Legislation

June 30th, 2011

The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) released today the fourth in a series of five issue briefs that address the five principles of the new vision for CTE.

The issue brief, Building Comprehensive Programs of Study through Progressive State Career Technical Education Legislation, addresses the fourth principle statement in the vision: “CTE is delivered through comprehensive programs of study aligned to the National Career Clusters Framework.” The brief highlights efforts in Arizona and Georgia to craft state policy and practice to implement effective programs of study aligned to the National Career Clusters Framework.

Please join us this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. ET for a webinar that corresponds with this brief.

NASDCTEc unveils new

June 24th, 2011

NASDCTEc unveiled this week its new Web site, which will serve as resource for all advocates of CTE – from administrators, to educators, to partners. The new Web site combines NASDCTEc member resources, Career Clusters™ and many resources to help those who want to learn about and support CTE. At, you can:

• Access CTE brand assets
• Generate reports and analysis
• Order Career Clusters™ and CTE materials online
• Subscribe to the NASDCTEc blog
• Obtain research, white papers and CTE backgrounders

To get to the really good stuff, you must use your Member Login!
Many of the robust reports, functionality and resources on the new Web site are available only to NASDCTEc members. Additionally, discounts on events—as well as access to the new CTE logo (both national and state versions) will be available only through the Member Login portal.

In order to access these member benefits, you will need to use the Member Login feature. Here’s how it works:

1. Go to
2. Click on the green “Members” box in the upper right of the home page
3. When the Member Login page appears:

• Enter your Username (your first initial and full last name, all one word, all lower case)
• Enter Password: cte123
• Click “Log In”

4. Select “Member Resources” on the following screen and click on “Continue”
5. Select from the variety of options and resources available on the right-hand menu—and start exploring!

Learn more about the exclusive members-only webinar

Who: NASDCTEc Members

What: Webinar for Members-Only New Website Orientation

When: Wednesday, June 29, 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Eastern

Why: NASDCTEc launches a robust website that will help members stay informed, engaged and mobilized to advocate for CTE.

NASDCTEc recently unveiled its brand new website. Not only does this site have a new look that reflects the look of our CTE: Learning That Works for America brand, it offers a range of completely new features and resources. The site is rich with members-only searchable databases, products limited to our members, and up-to-date news feeds to keep members informed about the policy world. This site will be a powerful new tool in which members will communicate and obtain valuable information and resources so they can serve as strong advocates for CTE and the organization. We highly encourage everyone to participate.
Register for this members-only webinar

A Look Inside: A Synopsis of CTE Trends

December 9th, 2010

Earlier this fall, NASDCTEc hosted a webinar highlighting the recent trends seen in CTE governance, teacher shortages, funding and Career Clusters implementation, based on results collected and analyzed from the 2010 State Profile Survey. We are now happy to announce the release of A Look Inside: A Synopsis of CTE Trends, a four-part series analyzing state CTE data and initiatives:

Each section within the series provides a closer look and a better understanding of the structure and trends within CTE. While states are grappling with how to plan for the future in this uncertain economic climate, this series can help provide insights into the movement of CTE throughout the United States.

Webinar Recording Now Available for CTE: Up to the Challenge

November 17th, 2010

Did you miss the November 16 NASDCTEc webinar CTE: Up to the Challenge, Preparing Students to be College and Career Ready?  The recording is now available. The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), and P21 highlight the demand for skills in the global economy and the ways in which educators can meet this demand by drawing on both career technical education (CTE) and 21st century skills. The groups recently released a joint report, Up to the Challenge, which describes how fusing the four Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, communication and creativity and innovation) and CTE can make college- and career-readiness a reality for every student.

Web Portal Breaking College Access Barriers

July 26th, 2010

As more students are deciding to continue their education at postsecondary institutions, the need for financial aid continues to increase. There are numerous ways for students to obtain financial aid ranging from federal, state, and local loans and grants, as well as private scholarship funds.

Understanding the need for more resources, the state of Alabama, through the use of the federal College Access Challenge Grant (CACG), has created a website that gives parents and students access to Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) resources. The website,, provides information for students to plan for the future, for parents to help their child plan for success and for educators to help guide stALCAREERINFO Websiteudent achievement.

Other information that can be found at this website includes:

  • Information on completing the FASFA form
  • Student Career Interest Inventories
  • Copies of the Alabama Success Guides
  • Videos from On The Job TV
  • Career Discovery activities
  • FAFSA tutorials
  • Financial literacy resources
  • Links to,,,, and much more.

This information is pertinent to CTE students who wish to further their education as there are numerous financial aid and scholarship opportunities specifically for those enrolled in CTE programs. To learn more about this website and the opportunities it provides please visit the website at

Register for “Already at the Top: CTE Programs Show Positive Impact on Student Achievement” NASDCTEc Webinar

May 14th, 2010

Register now for the NASDCTEc webinar Already At the Top: CTE Programs Show Positive Impact on Student Achievement

When: Friday, May 28, 2010 3 PM-4 PM Eastern time.   Event number: 205 969 218      Register for this webinar at:

A string of changes in global competition, demographics, as well as our collective conscience, require we ensure that every student in the United States is prepared for success. Hence, education systems are aiming to address these changes through school improvement efforts. At the federal level, the Obama Administration is incentivizing sweeping changes in four specific areas through its Race to the Top Fund. While a large-scale reform movement is still in its infancy, potential program and school models can be found in career technical education (CTE), which has led school improvement strategies linked to student achievement in rural, urban and suburban areas. This webinar expands on a NASDCTEc three-part issue brief series.

Webinar to Focus on Common Core Standards

May 11th, 2010

NASDCTEc Webinar: CTE and Common Core Standards

We all know that today’s jobs require different skills, our society is more mobile than ever, and we need to remain globally competitive.

Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Dane Linn, Director, Education Division of the National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices, will share a way to address these challenges:  for states to adopt common core standards. When common core standards are combined with career technical education, students are prepared to succeed in college and work, where their expectations are consistent across states, and stakeholders such as parents, educators are provided with clear focused guideposts.

Attendees: registration now   When: May 27 at 3 p.m. Eastern time

Event number is: 204 936 185 Password is: core 

This event will be recorded and available on our website after the webinar.

An additional resource to this webinar is NASDCTE’s one-pager, “CTE and Common Core Standards”, now available at

Return on Investment Advocacy Tool

January 27th, 2010

State and federal policymakers are making tough decisions on where to direct scarce funding, but outcomes of some studies suggest that CTE is a wise choice if they are seeking a positive return on investment.

Check out our latest leave behind about the return on investment in CTE that we will use to inform legislators and their staff on the Hill about financial benefits to the government, the individual, and the economy.  You can access a copy of it here.  This leave behind highlights return on investment studies conducted in the three states — Oklahoma,  Tennessee, and Washington.

Please feel free to use this document to inform policymakers and legislators in your state about the benefits of CTE!

State Return on Investment Strategies Webinar

January 20th, 2010

Return on investment data is one of the most important factors that Congress and the Administration will look at to determine levels of funding for federal programs, like Perkins. On January 14, we hosted a webinar, State Return on Investment Strategies, that looked at the work being done in Oklahoma, Washington and Tennessee to collect data on the return on investment in CTE for the state and individuals. The presenters talked about how states are collecting return on investment data, what some of the results have been, and how this data is being used.

Presenters included:

  • John Hunter, Superintendent, Moore Norman Technology Center, Norman, Oklahoma
  • Bryan Wilson, Deputy Director, Washington State Workforce Board, Olympia, Washington
  • Thom Smith, Executive Director, Tennessee Council for Career and Technical Education, Nashville, Tennessee

If you missed it, don’t worry!  You can download an archived version of the webinar here.

Innovative Uses of Perkins Reserve Fund

January 6th, 2010

Perkins IV gives recipients the opportunity to create a reserve fund to be used for new and innovative programs. The reserve fund represents an opportunity for states to exercise their leadership in directing funds to the program areas in their state with significant need, or areas that can introduce real innovation in CTE.

NASDCTEc has authored Innovative Uses of Perkins Reserve Fund, an issue brief that provides a history of the Perkins reserve fund, explains how it may be used, and highlights examples from several states – Tennessee, Maine, Maryland, South Dakota, and Kansas – that show the different ways in which the reserve fund can be tailored to meet state and local needs.

You can access a copy of the brief here.