This Week in CTE

April 3rd, 2020

April is Community College Month!
Follow ACCT (@CCTrustees) on Twitter and tweet with the hashtag #CCMonth.

Tweet of the Week

State CTE Director of the Week

Idaho CTE State Director, Clay Long, is mentioned this week in an article exploring the structure of CTE during distance learning.

April is National Welding Month! Follow Skills USA (@SkillsUSA) for a featured welding story each week.

Welding Story of the Week

CTSO Highlight of the Week

South Carolina HOSA has transitioned their state conference to an online platform. Review their virtual conference page for tips on the next steps to take with your local CTSO organization.

Resource of the Week

Compare high-quality CTE secondary programs across 50-states by reviewing this new resource produced by the Education Commission of the States.

Legislative Update of the Week 

This week Advance CTE and Association for Career Technical Education (ACTE) sent a letter to Congress outlining CTE priorities for phase four of the stimulus package. View the letter and other legislative updates on our blog.


Brittany Cannady, Digital Media Associate

This Week in CTE

March 27th, 2020

In case you missed some of the actions state and local leaders have taken to cope with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and provide support for their staff, educators, learners and communities- we have pulled a few to share with you!

Many school districts have used their closed buildings and transportation services to distribute meals and school materials to their students. Here is an example from Colorado and Tennessee districts partnering with local businesses to distribute meals!

It’s a universal belief that communities come together in a time of crisis. These culinary students saved their tips for years and in response to the Coronavirus decided to spend their earnings on benefiting their community. What did they do? Read the story on the Lewiston Regional Technical Center in Maine!

Career Technical Education (CTE) labs across the nation are requesting waivers to allow the donation of their equipment to health care facilities. Here are examples from health science departments in Washington State, Tennessee and Oregon!

North Carolina virtually welcomed its newest National Technical Honor Society inductees this week. Our congratulations to the students at West Wilkes High School!

For more resources related to Coronavirus, visit our website.

Brittany Cannady, Digital Media Associate

This Week in CTE

March 13th, 2020



Highland Dental students celebrate their OSHA safety certifications!


Cosmetology students at Carbon Career & Technical Institute (@CarbonCTI) experience, “feedback that prepares them for the workforce.” Students are thankful to be receiving the education needed to start their careers after high school.



In consideration of #NACAAHillDay (hosted by @NACAC on Twitter), Advance CTE shared our HEA recommendation aligned to Credit for Prior Learning:

Increase Support for Non-traditional Learners to Succeed in Postsecondary Education

Read all of our HEA Recommendations here:


Florida has registered two new apprenticeship programs: Heating and Air Conditioning Installer-Servicer; Plumber and Automotive Sales Representative!


Research for Action (@Research4Action) has released a comprehensive policy scan of all statewide College Promise programs as well as in-depth research of four statewide Promise programs. The document also includes considerations for state policymakers as they design and implement Promise programs that advance equity.

Read more here.


Brittany Cannady, Digital Media Associate 


This Week in CTE

March 6th, 2020


President and CEO of the ECMC Foundation (@ECMCFoundation) calls for the 2020s to be the decade of Career Technical Education (CTE). Read the full article here.



March is Middle Level Education Month! Share your stories with Advance CTE (@CTEWorks) all month long.



Middle and High School students hosted a Pathways Day for elementary students in the state of Utah (@UtahCTE)!



SkillsUSA (@SkillsUSA) hosted a national t-shirt design competition for the 2020 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Congratulations to the winner of Georgia CTE!



New America has published a blog highlighting useful tools for high-quality youth apprenticeship from PAYA National Partners.

Read more.



Advance CTE Executive Directors co-authored an op-ed on the importance of doubling the federal investment in CTE. Read more.


Brittany Cannady, Digital Media Associate 

This Week in CTE: Celebrating CTE Month!

February 28th, 2020

This month has been full of celebrations in honor of #CTEMonth! Below are some highlights.

This afternoon, @CongressmanGT lead a floor speech to help commemorate 100 years of Advance CTE as an organization, along with the support of #CTEMonth. We are incredibly thankful for all his work on being an amazing CTE advocate.


Did you miss the #CTSOChat hosted by Association for Career & Technical Education (@ACTEcareertech)? Check out what you missed here.



CTE students in many states have demonstrated their proficiency in industry-related skills by producing CTE Month Videos. Check out one from Westwood High School.

NOCTI held their annual CTE Month video contest. Check out this years’ award winner here.


Talent must never be the factor that holds our economy back. America’s students need access to programs in high school and beyond that will lead them to these jobs, and states are best positioned to lead the way.“- Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush

Read more on Gov. Jeb Bush’s thoughts on how states can help innovate robust CTE programs here.

National CTE Month underscores the importance of the many successful programs that create opportunities for hard-working Americans to succeed by connecting them with hands-on training and skills” – Congressman Langevin

Read more on Congressman Langevin’s resolution recognizing National CTE Month here.


Many state policies are prioritizing Career Technical Education, and the California School Boards Association has shared how local legislation has moved in favor of CTE. Read more here.


ExcelinEd has published its newest Policy Playbook during CTE Month. The Developing High-Quality State Work-Based Learning Programs playbook aids in states developing and implementing work-based learning programs. View the resource here.


The National Skills Coalition has released a new fact sheet to help support Workforce Development Advocates on increasing their knowledge around the new version of the Public Charge Rule. Read more.

Brittany Cannady, Digital Media Associate

This Week in CTE

February 21st, 2020

Tweet of the Week

Career Technical Education (CTE) expands deep into the communities we serve. Thank you Greenville Senior High School in Greenville, Ohio and the Career-Tech Center for giving back to your community! G-CTEC, @GreenvilleCTC, and FCCLA is a rewarding example of how CTE offers a real high school experience while adding more value to students. 

Announcement of the Week

To make sure you get the latest news and resources about federal policy that affects CTE, sign up for our Legislative Updates!

Video of the Week

This week in video, Advance CTE highlights a third-year cosmetology student at Central High School of Phenix City Schools, @PCBOE. The cosmetology program at Central High School provides real-world skills for students by offering courses in salon safety and sanitation, and fundamentals in hair, skin, nail, and spa techniques.

“Cosmetology is important because you can express who you really are…”

Watch the video here.

Resource of the Week 

Milton Hershey School located in Hershey, PA, led a Twitter chat this week using the hashtag, #MHSChat discussing the importance of youth apprenticeships. One resource mentioned by The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeships (@NewAmerica) offered a visual of how the educational needs of each learner can be met while meeting the talent needs of a high-skill and high-wage career. View the infographic here.

Brittany Cannady, Digital Media Associate

Tips to Help You Make the Best of the Rest of CTE Month

February 14th, 2020

It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through CTE Month! Every February, the CTE community celebrates CTE Month® to raise awareness of the role that CTE has in readying our students for careers and college. CTE Month, spearheaded by Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), is a time to recognize and celebrate the CTE community members’ achievements and accomplishments nationwide. Below are some tips to make the most of your CTE Month with some examples of how states are promoting CTE in their state. 

Use the Right Messages
Despite our best efforts, we don’t always speak about CTE in the way that most resonates with students and parents. Be sure that you’re communicating with these two important audiences by checking out our new research on the messages that students and parents want to hear, Dos and Dont’s for using the messages, and a guide on how you can put this research into action. Use graphics in your social media with compelling research data. (Click the link to download)

Recognize those in your community, whether it’s high-achieving CTE students, exemplary educators, or impactful partners that have a positive influence in CTE by celebrating their accomplishments and showcasing their successes. 

New Hampshire’s Career development Bureau Hits the Road to Showcase CTE
New Hampshire Department of Education’s Career Development Bureau is doing tours of the state out of their new Mobile CTE Classroom called M.A.P., Mobile Access to Pathways. They’re having New Hampshire SkillsUSA instructor and students along to tell the story of what makes CTE so great in New Hampshire

Recognize CTE at the State Level
Engage policymakers in the conversation by encouraging them to designate February as CTE month. Use a sample proclamation created by ACTE

Involve Your Partners
The Career Technical Education (CTE) community encompasses all the people that work to make your CTE program – whether it’s at the local, state or national level – great, including education, community, and business partners. Encourage them to advocate for CTE to their own networks, and invite partners to participate in celebratory events or site visits. 

Wyoming Department of Education Elevates Importance of CTSOs in Wyoming
The Wyoming Department of Education’s CTE unit wanted to celebrate the amazing role Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) play during CTE Month. They are hosting weekly “Brown Bag for the Brain” lunches during the national CTSO week for each CTSO where student leaders explain the history and benefits of the CTSO to all Department of Education employees. They highlight the ways in which CTSOs help students to prepare for college, career or the military; the successes they have had during competitions; and the community service they provide. 

Once you’ve got all partners on board, it’s crucial to coordinate messaging among all who will help to promote CTE during the month. Supply partners with sample social media posts, templates and website copy to be sure all partners are messaging under a common theme. This will negate any chance of message confusion. Consider creating a state-wide social media calendar and resource guide, like South Carolina did for CTE Month in 2020. Also, consider creating a CTE Month communications plan and sample event announcements for local districts and schools like Alabama in 2017.

Kentucky Department of Education’s CTE Office Offers Supports to Educators
The Kentucky Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Education and Student Transition (OCTEST) will be hosting eight regional meetings to help educators better understand CTE and its benefits. The meetings will explore how to implement dual credit, improve career/college advising and develop seamless CTE career pathways.  Educators will learn best practices related to dual credit, career/college advising and CTE in their schools by being introduced to new resources, asset mapping and networking opportunities. The sessions are intended for district teams (including Superintendents, High School Principals, Middle School Principals, Technical Center Principals, School Counselors, Dual Credit Coordinators, and Title IV Coordinators) to learn and plan together and ensure everyone understands how to best connect and support students in CTE.

Engage Employers
Contact local employers and businesses that aren’t yet familiar with your CTE program and invite them to school visits to showcase high-quality CTE in action or career fairs with already engaged employers. Use Advance CTE fact sheets and talking points designed specifically to address this audience. 

Join the Conversation
CTE Month is celebrated nationwide, including on social media. Join in on Twitter chats, upload photos of your events, feature student work, and engage in discussion with CTE advocates from across the country using the #CTEMonth hashtag. Be sure to tag us too, @CTEWorks.  

Get the word out!
Let the local media know what’s happening and invite them to your planned awards ceremonies, career fairs or school visits highlighting innovative CTE. Get some tips on how to engage key audiences here. Also, let us know how you’re planning to celebrate the month for a chance to be featured in our weekly CTE Month blog series

Oklahoma Promotes CTE During Superbowl
Oklahoma CareerTech developed an amazing video demonstrating how CTE can get you to your dream career, whether that’s in healthcare, Information Technology or on the racetrack. View the video

Katie Fitzgerald, Director of Communications and Membership

This Week in CTE

September 20th, 2019



To make sure you get the latest news and resources about federal policy that affects Career Technical Education (CTE), sign up for our Legislative Updates!


Get an inside look at a CTE program focused on the culinary industry at Mojave

High School in North Las Vegas. Learners contribute their catering skills for school events. They also participate in state competitions and are in a great location for work-based learning opportunities with local businesses. Watch this quick video to hear from learners and the program instructor.

Watch the video here.


The Roadmap for Racial Equity: An Imperative for Workforce Development Advocates

The Roadmap for Racial Equity is a new report developed by the National Skills Coalition which explores the racial and ethnic disparities in educational attainment and access; systemic barriers to equitable workforce training and quality employment; and why advancing equity is an economic and moral imperative. In the report the following recommendations were included: 

  • adopt racial equity goals and develop plans and systems to support them;  
  • remove barriers to correctional education and training; 
  • endorse racially equitable postsecondary policy by expanding career pathways and stackable credentials of value, job-driven and need-based financial aid, and tuition equity for immigrants; and  
  • decouple work requirements and education and training restrictions from public assistance programs, just to name a few. 

Read the full report here

This Week in CTE

September 13th, 2019



FY2020 Appropriations Process Continues 

Congress returned from the six-week summer recess this week with the intention of moving forward with the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) appropriations process following the budget deal that was reached right before break. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Education) was scheduled to markup their FY20 appropriations bill on Tuesday, September 10. However, Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Richard Shelby (R-AL) postponed this markup shortly before it was scheduled to begin due to partisan disagreements about the bill. The disagreements mainly revolved around the funding level, as well as policy amendments attached to the bill. 

Read the full blog here.

To make sure you get the latest news and resources about federal policy that affects Career Technical Education (CTE), sign up for our Legislative Updates!


Henderson County Students Certified After Disaster Training

Henderson County High School in Kentucky received the 2019 Excellence in Action award for its Health Science program of study. As learners progress through the program, they can focus on one of the following areas: Allied Health, Pre-Nursing and Medical Administrative Assistant. Regardless of their focus area, all seniors are required to participate in one of the work-based learning experiences offered at 47 local healthcare facilities. Through dual credit courses, health science learners can earn up to 12 college credits, as well as five industry-recognized credentials, ensuring learners are ready to continue their education or enter the workplace. 

For example, learners in the allied health career pathway are trained in emergency preparedness. To become community emergency response team certified, learners have to complete an accident simulation, supported by partners such as the county fire department, police department, local hospitals and others. More than 200 juniors have earned this national certification over the past four years.

Watch this news segment highlighting a disaster training simulation that is part of the certification process for learners. The segment even features Jessica Sheffer the program instructor. 

Watch the video here.

Read more about the award winner here.


The Data Quality Campaign officially released the findings from their 2019 national poll of parents and teachers. The national poll of teachers found they are strongly committed to using data in service of students – but are left on their own to make this happen. Policymakers and school leaders are missing critical moments throughout teachers’ careers and these missed opportunities are driving teachers to build their own capacity to put data to work. Read the brief that highlights the burdens that teachers are facing in using data and the actions leaders can take to make data use in the classroom a more seamless part of the school day.

Learn more here.

This Week in CTE

September 6th, 2019



We’re Hiring!

Senior Associate, Member Engagement & Professional Learning

Advance CTE is hiring a Senior Associate, Member Engagement & Professional Learning who will be responsible for coordinating outreach and engagement with Advance CTE members, leading member-focused professional learning efforts, ensuring the organization is anticipating and meeting members’ needs, and helping to advance our organizational goals. This position has the unique opportunity to design and implement a strategy that engages education and workforce leaders from across the country both in-person and virtually.

The ideal candidate will be a problem solver, enjoy engaging directly with a range of individuals and be a team player committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment. This position provides an opportunity to have a direct impact on education policy by supporting state leaders working to ensure every student has access to high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE). 

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, a list of at least three professional references and salary requirements to by September 13, 2019. Learn more here


The Dorsey Film program at Susan Miller Dorsey High School in CA is a 2019 Excellence in Action award winner in the Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Career Cluster®. Want to see the high-quality work these students produce check out their website here

Here’s one example:


A new data explorer on Achieve’s Graduating Ready website dives into student outcomes and college and career readiness across the United States. The explorer compiles publicly-available state-reported data on student outcomes on eight different indicators of college and career readiness – including graduation rate, assessment proficiency, AP and dual enrollment, postsecondary enrollment, and more. The project shows that there remains much room for improvement in states’ public reporting in terms of breaking data down by student subgroups, reporting it in a timely manner, and in how students are counted. Check it out to see the information your state reports – and doesn’t.

Learn more here: