Welcome to NCICTE
The National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education (NCICTE) performs scientifically based research and evaluation to strengthen the role of career and technical education in American education. Our work explores how the real-world application of core academics can help raise the educational achievement and career readiness of all students. This includes documenting promising strategies for integrating academic knowledge with technical skills, and investigating new approaches for organizing programs, providing training, and delivering services.
Our Research Priorities
A new report from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences shows that, among public high school graduates, overall coursetaking in career and technical education (CTE) declined from 1990 to 2009. The percentage of graduates earning credits in any occupational CTE area declined from 88 percent in 1990 to 85 percent in 2009. However, the direction and magnitude of change differed by occupational area. While business was the area of largest decline, down 19 percent, other areas had increasing participation. These included communications and design (11 percent), health care (7 percent), public services (5 percent), and consumer and culinary services (4 percent).
Career and technical education (CTE) instructors are uniquely positioned to contribute to the college and career readiness of all students. Ensuring they have the instructional skills to be effective requires tailoring state certification, evaluation, and professional learning policies to fit their unique needs. To support states in improving teacher effectiveness, the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders has released 21st Century Educators: Developing and Supporting Great Career and Technical Education Teachers. Download this issue brief to learn more about the role CTE teachers can play in preparing students for academic and career success, and the state policies and district supports that promote their professional development and growth.
This report details the occupations projected to grow or decline within states and the levels of education individuals will require to secure future employment. Developed by NCICTE partner-the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University-this report suggests that America will continue to face a shortage of college-educated workers, and that roughly two-thirds of job openings will require at least some college or an associate's or bachelor's degree. Demand for workers with high levels of postsecondary education and training will be greatest in three of the fastest growing occupations-STEM, healthcare professional, and community services.
The Promise of High-Quality Career and Technical Education:
Improving Outcomes for Students, Firms, and the Economy
High-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) has the potential to improve student outcomes and prepare all students for college and careers, according to a new report co-authored by the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy; The Business Roundtable; and the College Board. The paper identifies components that characterize high-quality programs, including career-oriented educational systems, career options for all students, and the integration of rigorous academic curricula in CTE. The paper also describes challenges that limit our ability to replicate and scale these efforts nationwide, and ways in which federal and state policies can support that effort.
Career and technical education (CTE) offers individuals advanced skill training at a fraction of what it costs to attend college. And while a four-year degree can still confer an earnings advantage, not all people need a baccalaureate degree to realize their career goals. In a challenge to conventional wisdom, Express Employment Professionals has released a white paper exploring the economic benefits CTE programs offer those seeking to jumpstart their careers-be it through immediate employment or in obtaining the skills and certifications that will prepare them for later enrollment.