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Below are links to organizations that offer information and resources to help states and local agencies implement career and technical education.

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Adoption of Career Pathways Approaches for the Delivery of Education, Training, Employment, and Human Services
This RFI seeks to further support the development of high-quality career pathways systems by jointly soliciting information and recommendations from a broad array of stakeholders in the public and private sectors, as well as in State, regional, tribal, and local areas. Your experience and unique perspectives can have considerable influence on the Department’s strategic investments and technical assistance activities to support the development of career pathways systems.

Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE)
OCTAE administers, coordinates programs that are related to adult education and literacy, career and technical education, and community colleges.

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
The U.S. Department of labor fosters, promotes, and develops the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improves working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assures work-related benefits and rights.

Youth CareerConnect Grants Announcement
Youth CareerConnect awards will provide $107 million to local partnerships of local education agencies, workforce investment boards, institutions of higher education and employer partners as they re-design the teaching and learning experience for youth to more fully prepare them with the knowledge, skills, and industry-relevant education needed to get on the pathway to a successful career, including postsecondary education or registered apprenticeship.

  • The following pages contain information and resources from public and private organizations that may be useful to the reader. Inclusion of this information does not constitute an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education of any products or services offered or views expressed.

  • The following pages also contain hyperlinks and URLs created and maintained by outside organizations, which are provided for the reader's convenience. The Department is not responsible for the accuracy of the information contained therein.

American Association of Community Colleges
The AACC is the primary advocacy organization for the nation's community colleges. The association represents almost 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions.

American Youth Policy Forum
The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) founded in 1993 is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels. AYPF’s goal is to enable participants to become more effective in the development, enactment, and implementation of sound policies affecting the nation’s young people by providing information, insights, and networks to better understand the development of healthy and successful young people, productive workers, and participating citizens in a democratic society. AYPF focuses on three overlapping themes: Education, Youth Development and Community Involvement, and Preparation for Careers and Workforce Development.

Association for Career and Technical Education
The ACTE is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers.

Association of Community College Trustees
The ACCT is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States.

Business Professionals of America
Business Professionals of America (BPA) is the leading Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. BPA has over 51,000 members in over 2,300 chapters in 23 states. BPA is a "co-curricular" organization that supports business and information technology educators by offering curriculum based on national standards. Resources and materials are available on-line and designed to be customized to a school's program.

Center for Occupational Research (CORD)
CORD is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to leading change in education. To help communities and states achieve their educational goals, CORD partners with faculty and administrators to develop solutions that address specific challenges.

Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE)
Connect to the quarterly newsletter for the Center on Education and Training for Employment. It features news on their current work, special events and information on staff expertise that promotes workforce development in the areas of curriculum and instruction, assessment, standards, evaluation and professional development.

Council of Chief State School Officers
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nationwide, nonpartisan, and nonprofit membership organization that brings together top education leaders from every state in the nation. These state school officers are committed to creating a public education system that prepares every child for lifelong learning, work and citizenship. CCSSO's promise is to lead chiefs and their organization in the effort by focusing on those state-driven leverage points they are uniquely positioned to address- and increase their capacity to produce students ready to succeed as productive members of society.

Delta Epsilon Chi (DECA)
The Delta Epsilon Chi Association (DECA) with members in all 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Guam, District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea and Mexico prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA is organized into two divisions each with programs designed to address the learning styles, interest and focus of its members. The High School Division includes 185,000 members in 5,000 schools. The Collegiate Division includes over 15,000 members in 200 colleges and universities.

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a national information system designed to provide ready access to an extensive body of education-related literature. The center was established in 1966 and is the largest database in the world-containing more than one million records of journal articles, research reports, curriculum and teaching guides, conference papers, and books. Their mission is to improve American education by increasing and facilitating the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision making, and research.

Educators' Website for Information Technology
The Educator’s Website for Information Technology (EWIT) is a team of professionals with extensive backgrounds and experience in the IT industry, community organizations, K-12 public schools, career and technical education, and higher education. EWIT supports the innovative use of IT skills and academic standards to enhance learning and to develop IT skills for work.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Family Career and Community Leaders of /America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has over 200,000 members and more than 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Future Business Leaders of America - Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL)
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a non-profit association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The association has four divisions: high school student division; junior high, middle and intermediate school student division; postsecondary student division; and professional division for businesspeople, alumni, educators and parents who support the goals of the association. FBLA-PBL is the largest business career student organization in the world.

Health Occupational Student Organization
The Health Occupational Student Organization (HOSA) is a national student organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. Their goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the health science education partnership. Through the web, members, advisors, and guests can access a wide array of services from basic organization information to online membership services.

League for Innovation in the Community College
The league leads a number of projects with their member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies. Descriptions of their projects are available on their Web site.

National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE)
The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) NAPE is a consortium of state and local agencies, corporations, and national organizations committed to the advancement of equity and diversity in classrooms and workplaces where there are no barriers to opportunities.

National Association of the State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)
NASDCTEc is the Washington D.C.-based professional society of the state and territory agency heads responsible for career technical education. The association has a membership of over 200 members who share the state directors’ commitment to quality secondary, postsecondary, and adult levels education.

National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

National Council for Workforce Education
The National Council for Workforce Education is a private, nonprofit, professional organization committed to promoting excellence and growth in workforce education at the postsecondary level.

National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges
The National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges is an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The council provides a forum for the exchange of information about developments, trends, and problems in state systems of community colleges.

National Crosswalk Service Center
The National Crosswalk Service Center (NCSC) is a federally-funded national clearinghouse for classification information about occupations, training programs and industries. The NCSC has been operated by the State of Iowa since 1983 under a series of grants from federal agencies. Funding for the Center has been provided by the Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor since 1996. Nearly all of the materials distributed by the NCSC are produced by Federal agencies including:
Bureau of Labor Statistics
National O*NET Center
Defense Manpower Data Center
Department of Commerce – Bureau of Census
Department of Commerce – Bureau of Economic Analysis
Office of Management & Budget

National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization
The National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization (PAS) is an organization associated with agriculture/agribusiness and natural resources offerings in approved postsecondary institutions offering baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, diplomas and/or certificates. PAS is one of the ten career and technical student organizations that have been approved by the U. S. Department of Education as an integral part of career and technical education. The membership now totals 1,400 members from 62 Chapters located in 18 states. It is available to students in agriculture/agribusiness/natural resources postsecondary programs in approximately 550 institutions in all 50 states.

National Research Center for Career and Technical Education
NRCCTE is the primary agent for generating scientifically based knowledge, dissemination, professional development, and technical assistance to improve career and technical education (CTE) in the U.S.

National Tech Prep Network (NTPN)
NTPN is a membership organization founded by CORD and provides resources for tech-prep professionals. The Web site offers information on NTPN’s conferences, state tech-prep coordinators, legislation, and exemplary tech-prep sites.

National Young Farmer Educational Association
The National Young Farmer Educational Association (NYFEA) is the official adult student organization for agricultural education as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. As an association that educates agricultural leaders, NYFEA unites members from the individual farmer to large corporations. With the help of sponsors, NYFEA provides programs, institutes and community service. By serving, NYFEA’s mission is fulfilled - that being to educate agricultural leaders through leadership training, agricultural education and community service opportunities. The association seeks to provide support for the next generation by helping them understand the opportunities found in agriculture.

Skills USA-Vica
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).

State CTE Profiles
Part of the NASDCTEc Web site, this map provides links to summaries of each state’s CTE information. Summaries include information about the state director, CTE statistics, state governance structure, funding, and career clusters.

States' Career Clusters Initiative
The States' Career Clusters Initiative (SCCI) is an initiative established under the National Career Technical Education Foundation (NCTEF) to provide Career Clusters as a tool for seamless transition from education to career in this era of changing workplace demands. SCCI helps states as they connect career technical education (CTE) to education, workforce preparation, and economic development. To this end, SCCI develops new products and promotes information-sharing, techniques, and methods to aid the development and implementation of Career Clusters within states.

Technology Student Association
The Technology Student Association (TSA) is open to students enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses, TSA’s membership includes over 150,000 middle and high school students in 2,000 schools in 48 states. TSA is supported by educators, parents and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society. Members learn through exciting competitive events, leadership opportunities and much more. The diversity of activities makes TSA a positive experience for every student. From engineers to business managers, our alumni credit TSA with a positive influence on their lives.

  • The following pages contain information and resources from public and private organizations that may be useful to the reader. Inclusion of this information does not constitute an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education of any products or services offered or views expressed.

  • The following pages also contain hyperlinks and URLs created and maintained by outside organizations, which are provided for the reader's convenience. The Department is not responsible for the accuracy of the information contained therein.

Vocational Information Center: State Career and Technical Education Resources
Links to state resources for Career and Technical Education, Standards and Frameworks, Career Clusters, Career Development, Tech Prep, Adult Education and Workforce Development Programs.