The following organizations offer information and resources to help state and local agencies implement and improve career and technical education (CTE) programs.

Federal Organizations

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.

National Organizations

Advance CTE
Advance CTE 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.

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 (ACTE)
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 Professional of America (BPA)
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 of 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.

The 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 Rising
Educators Rising cultivates highly skilled educators by guiding young people on a path to becoming accomplished teachers, beginning in high school and extending through college and into the profession. As an international student organization, Educators Rising is integrating into co-curricular programs of study in which students engage in college-level coursework and gain authentic, clinical opportunities to try out teaching. In addition to these school-based programs, Educator Rising helps students and teachers connect and deepen their learning through EdRising Virtual Campus, a cutting-edge online community that offers rigorous resources to support the development of great teachers. Powered by PDK International and founded in 1937 as Future Teachers of America, Educators Rising has helped thousands of students develop key skills, knowledge, and experiences on the road to great teaching.

Educators' Website for Informational 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.

HOSA-Future Health Professionals
The HOSA-Future Health Professionals 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 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 for Career and Technical Education Information (NACTEI)
NACTEI is dedicated to the development and improvement of career technical education information, finance and accountability systems.

National Career Pathways Network (NCPN)
The National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) is a membership organization for educators, employers and others involved in the advancement of Career Pathways, career technical education (CTE), and related education reform initiatives.

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 FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization operates under a Federal Charter granted by the 81st Congress of the United States (PL 105-225) as an integral part of instruction in Career and Technical Education (CTE) in agriculture. With more than 600,000 members in over 7500 chapters, the National FFA’s current strategic plan is to Grow Leaders, Build Communities and Strengthen Agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for the FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education CTE programs.

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 eleven 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 available to agriculture/agribusiness/natural resources postsecondary programs is currently in approximately 18 states.

National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE)
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 Young Farmer Education Association
The National Young Farmer Educational Association (NYFEA) is an adult Career and Technical adult student organization in agricultural education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. NYFEA’s mission is to promote the personal and professional growth of all people involved in agriculture. As an association that educates agricultural leaders, NYFEA unites members from the individual producer to large corporations. NYFEA provides programs, institutes and community service through educating agricultural leaders and providing leadership training. NYFEA members focus on learning, serving and informing others about agriculture. The association seeks to provide support for the next generation of agriculturalist by helping them understand the employment opportunities found in agriculture.

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.

National Career Clusters Framework
The National Career Clusters Framework provides a vital structure for organizing and delivering quality CTE programs through learning and comprehensive programs of study. In total, there are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing more than 79 Career Pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and career.

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.
View provides interactive tools and other resources to help youth-serving organizations and community partnerships plan, implement, and participate in effective programs for youth.

Welcome to the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network!

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) has redesigned the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network to enhance its usability for education professionals.

We welcome feedback about this website. If you have comments, questions, or suggestions about how the organization of the information found here can be improved even more, please send an email to

Help us make the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network work for you.

Will you take a few moments to complete a brief questionnaire?

No, thank you