NCICTE Training Center

The NCICTE Training Center is where findings from our research studies are translated into actionable information. Use this virtual learning platform to learn more about our career and technical education research and how to apply project results to improve your own state or local policies and services. Each training module features on-demand, web-based presentations that summarize study findings in clear, practical terms. Additional resource materials and tools and suggestions for using information are also provided.

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This training series describes career pathways and the potential educational benefits they can confer. Lessons detail the rationale behind college and career readiness and the career pathways approach, followed by an initial set of recommendations to help you prepare for pathways adoption, the state and district supports needed to sustain an initiative, a pathways continuous improvement and certification process to ensure that programs are comprehensive and of uniformly high quality, and a leadership and communications plan to help you disseminate information about pathways.

High schools organized around career pathways operate differently. Access this training to learn about what college and career readiness really means, and how instructional programs can be redesigned to deliver a challenging academic core and demanding technical skills, reinforced with real world applications. Strategies for using pathways to teach the common core standards and for using student performance assessments that demonstrate authentic learning are also presented.

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) requires that CTE providers qualify for a minimum basic grant amount to receive an individual award. States allocate their federal Perkins IV funds to local secondary and postsecondary subgrantees using a formula specified in the legislation. While many qualify for a stand-alone grant, nearly three-fifths of secondary and one-tenth of postsecondary subgrantees form consortia and collaborate on the use of their Perkins IV funds.

In 2013, the National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education, or the Center, undertook a study of consortia formation under Perkins IV. The resulting report describes the prevalence of Title I consortia under Perkins IV, examines the characteristics of these entities, and explores whether and how they promote collaboration between CTE stakeholders and across secondary and postsecondary educational levels.

Career pathways is frequently used to describe a variety of related concepts, from specific programs to larger systems. The way the terms are used in different settings can be confusing, however. This training clarifies several of those terms, illustrates their application at the state level to align education and workforce systems, and describes specific pathways models, including programs of study and adult bridge programs.

This video training introduces users to NCES DataLab. Using this suite of tools, researchers, policymakers, and the general public are able to access and analyze otherwise restricted NCES data to discover a wealth of information related to student enrollment, persistence, achievement, and labor market outcomes. NCES DataLab is available at

This video training on Integrated Learning Design provides training and resources on designing and assessing instruction for integrated learning.

This video training on Professional Development and Teacher Preparation provides information and resources on the teacher and leadership professional development necessary to support integrated learning and teaching.