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National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education

In July 2012, the U.S. Department of Education established a new national center to assess the ways in which high quality career and technical education programs can contribute to secondary and postsecondary instruction. The National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education (NCICTE) will perform scientifically based research and evaluation, disseminate information, and conduct training to expand the understanding, increase the effectiveness, and improve the implementation of career and technical education (CTE).

Center Team and Contacts

NCICTE consists of a team of diverse and experienced organizations: RTI International (prime contractor); the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW); ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career; FHI 360; Laurium Evaluation Group; Coverent; Workforce Enterprise Systems; Mercury Labs; IT–CNP; and Windwalker Corporation.

Research Areas

There are four research areas that NCICTE prioritizes:

  1. Programs of Study (POS)/career pathways — identifying strategies to strengthen the alignment of CTE programs offered at the secondary and postsecondary education levels, and both education levels and the labor market. This includes strategies for improving college and career readiness training, anchoring POS within broader state career pathways efforts, and identifying current and future marketplace needs.
  2. Curriculum integration — conducting scientifically-based research and evaluation to assess the efficacy of academic and CTE curriculum integration, and identifying approaches or models for improving instructional outcomes of students.
  3. Technology-enabled learning — assessing the prevalence and impact of technology-enabled learning on CTE to inform the field and policy makers of the prevalence and impact of such approaches on the outcomes of students; and
  4. Professional development — exploring new, more effective, evidence-based approaches for training new CTE instructors to enter the field and succeed, and to support existing educators in improving their skills.

To access the centers website please visit:

For information about the project, contact:
Project Director: Laura Knapp, RTI International (
Principal Investigator: Steve Klein, RTI International (
Associate Project Director: Ben Dalton, RTI International (