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Challenges and Prizes in CTE
In our global economy, the
need to strengthen the competitiveness of the
American workforce is one of
the most urgent challenges
we now face as a nation.

To this end, the U.S. Department of Education has joined with America's innovators through a series of prize competitions (collectively referred to as "Ed Prizes") to develop new standards, products, and services to both increase access to and expand the capacity of career and technical education.

Impact of Ed Prizes


Total cash prizes awarded under these three competitions to date.


Innovative submissions received during open submissions across these three competitions.


Industry sponsors offered various in-kind prizes across these three competitions.

Reach Higher Career App Challenge logo

Reach Higher Career App Challenge

Launched in October 2015, the Reach Higher App Challenge called upon app developers, educators, and data mavens to submit mobile solutions that help students navigate education and career paths, and increase the capacity of career counselors to serve students.


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EdSim Challenge logo


Launched in November 2016, the EdSim Challenge called upon the virtual reality, video game developer, and educational technology communities to submit concepts for immersive solutions that prepare students for the globally competitive workforce of the 21st century.


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CTE Makeover Challenge logo

CTE Makeover

Launched in March 2016, the CTE Makeover Challenge called upon schools to design makerspaces that strengthen career and technical skills through making.




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