NASDCTECNational Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
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In fact, as NASDCTEc found in its 2012 study, "The State of Career Technical Education: An Analysis of State CTE Standards," (1) every state uses career clusters in one way or another.
* ACTE and NASDCTEc have each hosted events to highlight effective CTE programs and practices to Members of Congress and other leaders.
In partnership with ACTE and NASDCTEc, the caucuses have hosted several standing-room-only briefings and school visits ( within the last year.
Steve Voytek is the government relations manager at NASDCTEc and can be reached at
While NASDCTEc and ACTE will continue to share this with members of Congress, all stakeholders in the CTE community, including employers already engaged, can amplify our message by sharing their own positive experiences and outcomes with CTE-employer partnerships with policymakers at all levels.
NASDCTEc's new report on employer engagement found that 23 states are involving employers in professional development activities, including externships." In Tennessee, for example, secondary school teachers can participate in a statewide weeklong summer externship program to learn about current technologies and applied skills in industries such as aerospace, energy technology, manufacturing and health care.
With our history of collaboration as a foundation, ACTE worked with NASDCTEc to form an even stronger working relationship, including development of an action plan to avoid duplication of efforts, as well as discussions about joint projects and initiatives.
Kate Blosveren is the associate executive director at NASDCTEc. She can be reached at
Other key partners include the Association for Career and Technical Education Research, NASDCTEc and the National Center for Literacy Education.
As the secretaries of Education and Labor work together to figure out how to implement this provision, ACTE and NASDCTEc will share updates.
For example, if you look at the 16 Career Clusters and 79 Pathways (NASDCTEC, 2015), all require some level of technological literacy (Figure 2).
To assess the operation of state CTE resource distribution formulas, in August 2013 the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) surveyed CTE directors responsible for administering their state's federal "Perkins IV" grants.