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Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners.

The CTE Vision

Reflect, Transform, Lead: A New Vision for Career Technical Education


In the spring of 2010, CTE leaders, advocates and partners committed to a new CTE vision to guide the future of education for all students. Its ultimate goal: to prepare students of all ages to succeed in education and careers—and enable the United States to flourish in a dynamic and increasingly competitive global economy.


The new CTE vision is defined by five guiding principles. Collectively, they serve as guideposts for the CTE community to set priorities and make decisions affecting CTE programs, policies and priorities—and to chart a new course for CTE and the nation in the 21st century.


For more information about CTE in New Jersey, check out NJCCVTS.

CTE in the News
September 1, 2015: Why We Desperately Need to Bring Back Vocational Training In Schools by Nicholas Wyman
November 2014: Opportunities and Options: Making Career Preparation Work for Students A report released by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
October 30, 2014: Letter from Senator Cory Booker in support of Carl D. Perkins funding for CTE
August 24, 2014: – Shop Class Not for Slackers as Mechanic Out-Earns Peers by Jeff Green and John Irwin