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What is CTE?

  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) is an organized education program that offers a systematic sequence of courses, providing individuals with the academic, technical, and personal skills and knowledge needed to prepare for future education and careers.
  • “The new CTE system is not a separate ‘track’ limited to students without postsecondary aspirations. Rather, the vision is for all students, whatever their current abilities or age, to develop personal learning and career plans that allow for exploration, investigation and choices and that provide a pathway to a career. . . . all students—whatever their ultimate career goals—have the employability skills that are necessary for success in life as well as employment. (Alaska CTE Plan, page 9).
Voc Ed - “Then” CTE - “Now”
For Some Students For All Students
For a Few Jobs For All Careers
Voc Ed OR College Prep College AND Career Ready
Students trained with focus on specific occupational skill set Progression of foundational, pathway, occupational and 21st century skills
High school focused High school and post-secondary partnerships providing pathways to employment and/or apprenticeship, industry certification, occupational endorsement, associate, bachelor’s, and advanced degrees
6 to 7 “Program Areas 16 Clusters – 79 Pathways
In Lieu of Academics Technical, academic, AND employability skills

CTE Plan

The Alaska CTE Plan aligns program planning with anticipated workforce needs and stresses integration of program elements providing for smooth transitions to higher levels of education and training. This plan identifies the six strategies listed below:

Strategy 1.0

Make transitions planned and accountable for both successful student progress and systemic cooperation.

Strategy 2.0

Align curricula at all training institutions to meet current industry standards - including academic, professional, and technical skills - from elementary through secondary to postsecondary and professional development levels.

Strategy 3.0

Identify and promote career and technical education delivery models that ensure that all Alaskans have the opportunity to attain the knowledge and skills needed for further training and careers.

Strategy 4.0

Recruit, develop, support, and retain high-quality CTE teachers and faculty.

Strategy 5.0

Maximize the use of public facilities for training.

Strategy 6.0

Establish and maintain sustainable funding mechanisms for a successful CTE system for youth and adults.

Alaska Career and Technical Education Plan

Leadership of both departments (DOLWD and EED), and University of Alaska President recognizes that any comprehensive plan needs to incorporate both the educational needs of students and the workforce needs of the state. By joining forces and working together, the state will make better use of its resources and be more assured of the qualified workforce needs to stay competitive in the global economy. The Alaska CTE Plan incorporates and values the strategies found in both the Alaska Education Plan and the Gasline Training Plan.

CTE Provides . . .

  • College and career readiness for ALL students
  • Awareness, planning, and preparation for ALL career options
    • Industry certification
    • Apprenticeship Program
    • Occupational Endorsement
    • Workforce Credential
    • Associate’s Degree
    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Advanced Degree
  • Career information and guidance from kindergarten through adult
    • K-6 - Awareness
    • 7-8 - Exploration
    • 9-12 and Postsecondary - Preparation
    • Personal Learning and Career Plans and Planning (PLCPs) for all learners
  • Connected system K-12 through post-secondary
  • Coherent sequence of courses that teach
    • Technical skills – aligned with current industry standards
    • Academic skills – aligned with Alaska GLEs and industry standards
    • Personal Skills – aligned with Youth Employability Skills, Alaska employability standards, and Career Ready Practices of the Common Career Technical Core
  • Career clusters/pathways model of organizing careers and training
    • 16 Career Clusters - Each one represents a distinct grouping of occupations and industries based on the knowledge and skills they require.
    • 79 Pathways – at least two pathways in each cluster; the pathways further define a more specialized grouping of occupations within that cluster
  • Increased student achievement
    • A ratio of one CTE class for every two academic classes minimizes the risk of students dropping out of high school. (Plank et al, “Dropping Out of High School and the Place of Career and Technical Education,” 2005.)
    • 81 percent of dropouts said that “more real-world learning” may have influenced them to stay in school. (Bridgeland et al, “The Silent Epidemic,” 2005.)
    • Students who complete a rigorous academic core coupled with a career concentration have test scores that equal or exceed “college prep” students. These dual-concentrators are more likely to pursue postsecondary education, have a higher grade point average in college and are less likely to drop out in the first year. (Southern Regional Education Board, “Facts About High School Career/Technical Studies.”)

CTE Contact Information

Marcia Olson, CTE Coordinator
(907) 269-3018