What is Career and Technical Education?


Career and technical education is about helping students, workers and lifelong learners of all ages fulfill their working potential. First and foremost it's about high school and college education that provides students with:

Academic subject matter taught with relevance to the real world, often called contextual learning.


Employability skills, from job-related skills to workplace ethics.

Education pathways that help students explore interests and careers in the process of progressing through school.

But career and technical education is also about:

Second-chance education and training for the unemployed and those seeking to upgrade their employability skills.

Education to earn additional degrees, especially when related to career advancement.

Corporate training, continuing education, skills upgrades and refresher courses for those already in the workplace.


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Check out New Mexico's Career Technical Student Organizations.

NCCER Partners with ACTE to Celebrate 2014 CTE Month

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs prepare students to be competitive in today's global economy. NCCER proudly supports our partner the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) in promoting CTE Month. Join us this month in celebrating the extraordinary achievements and contributions of CTE.
In support of the educators that advance our nation's CTE programs, NCCER and the Build Your Future (BYF) initiative provide resources to educate the public about CTE's role in training and developing the next generation of skilled craft professionals. Learn more about NCCER's support for CTE at www.nccer.org/CTEmonth.

Credentials Matter

NCCER's Credentials Matter whiteboard video illustrates how successful careers in the construction industry can begin with high school CTE programs.
View other NCCER and BYF videos featuring NCCER credentials, military recruitment, SkillsUSA competitions, and preparing the next generation of craft professionals by visiting the NCCER website.

Go Pro in Construction

In honor of CTE Month, BYF is releasing a new "Inside the Hard Hat" video each week during the month of February.The series will feature footage and information about some of the most exciting construction careers. Go to BYF's YouTube page each Monday throughout CTE Month for the latest "Inside the Hard Hat" video.

For more 2014 CTE Month® news and updates, like BYF's Facebook page and follow BYF on Twitter.

Win a $50 Cash Gift Card!

NCCER is hosting a weekly Facebook contest to spark discussion and provide fun learning opportunities around CTE Month. The contests will incorporate the "Inside the Hard Hat" videos, and the winner of each contest will receive a $50 cash gift card.
Contest Start Time: Every Wednesday in February (5, 12, 19 & 26) - details of each week's contest will be available on the NCCER Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST.
Contest Finish Time: The following Thursdays - February 6, 13, 20, & 27 at midnight EST.
Winners Announced: The winners of the $50 cash gift cards will be announced each Friday at noon EST.

Like NCCER's Facebook page to join the conversation, learn contest details and for the opportunity to win a $50 cash gift card!

BYF CTE Month Event Resources

The BYF website provides resources that support CTE and recruitment for high-demand, high-wage careers in construction. Parents and educators can explore the opportunities for success provided by CTE and download free CTE resources. Visit the BYF website at www.byf.org.

Instructor Resources

NCCER is proud to provide instructors with a wide variety of resources for managing their training programs and courses. The Instructor Quick Guide highlights each resource, what it offers and how to access it. For more information on how NCCER and BYF are supporting CTE, please contact marketing@nccer.org.

Learn more about 2014 CTE Month® activities and resources from our partner, ACTE.