Career and Technical Education will become an even more important aspect of lifelong and post-secondary learning as the world shifts toward the gig and project-based economy. Today, we are recognizing 25 CTE innovations and innovators that are educating people of all ages in ways that prepare them for the changes to come.
- Sarah Raikes, Washington County High School (Kentucky): The ACTE teacher of the year teaches 9 Family and Consumer Sciences courses and is a policy advocate.
- Ball State University: Administrator Samuel Cotton and Teacher Edward Lazaros were both recognized by ACTE for their higher education leadership.
- NE Metro ISD 916 (Minnesota): Known for its career guidance process, led by Shelli Sowles.
- Jacob Ball, Nelson County High School (Kentucky): Agriculture teacher and new ACTE teacher of the year.
- Leon Grant, Marietta City Schools (Georgia): Leads world-class pre-engineering program with a focused on community service.
- Jerry Ellner, Universal Technical Institute (Arizona): Connects high school and postsecondary experiences, and champions connection between academics and skills.
Schools and Districts
- Brownsville Independent School District: Next gen cooperative work-study program.
- Carl Wunsche High School (Houston, Texas): Great career preparation learning experiences (see feature).
- Career Path High (Utah): Early college flex high school at an applied technology training center.
- CAPS Center (Kansas & Missouri): Provides great career preparation.
- Career Tech: Great statewide system in Oklahoma.
- P-TECH (New York, Illinois, Idaho): Computer science schools that combine high school, work experiences and an associate’s degree, with a good shot at a good job.
- Louisiana Course Choice: Great example of a state proactively seeking expanded choices for students.
- GPS Education Partners (Wisconsin): Network of manufacturing flex academies in Wisconsin.
- NAF: Almost 100,000 students in 675 career academies (see our feature on NAF).
- New Tech Network: Almost 200 project-based schools with strong work-based learning (see our feature).
Advocacy, and Influencers
- Jobs for the Future: Outlines best practices in work-based learning, including assessment, progressive work experiences, mentoring and portfolios.
- Association for Career and Technical Education: The primary national professional association, providing leadership, professional development, advocacy and more.
- National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc): Elevate the value of coordination between CBE and CTE leaders.
- Achieve: Recently profiled states on college and career readiness.
- DuPont: Excellent CGTE partner, won ACTE Business of the Year.
- STEM Connector: Place for advocates to connect online.
- Engineering is Elementary: Great K-5 STEM content.
- Project Lead the Way: Used in over 9000 schools (see Getting Smart feature).
- Udemy for organizations: Powering lifelong career learning for thousands of companies and nonprofit associations.
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