Reflect, Transform, Lead: A New Vision for Career Technical Education
In the spring of 2010, CTE leaders, advocates and partners committed to a new CTE vision to guide the future of education for all students. Its ultimate goal: to prepare students of all ages to succeed in education and careers—and enable the United States to flourish in a dynamic and increasingly competitive global economy. Download the CTE vision paper. 
The new CTE vision is defined by five guiding principles. Collectively, they serve as guideposts for the CTE community to set priorities and make decisions affecting CTE programs, policies and priorities—and to chart a new course for CTE and the nation in the 21st century.
- Principle 1: CTE is critical to ensuring that the United States leads in global competitiveness. 
- Principle 2: CTE actively partners with employers to design and provide high-quality, dynamic programs. 
- Principle 3: CTE prepares students to succeed in further education and careers. 
- Principle 4: CTE is delivered through comprehensive programs of study aligned to The National Career Clusters® Framework. 
- Principle 5: CTE is a results-driven system that demonstrates a positive return on investment.
In adopting the new, revitalized vision of CTE in the 21st century, the CTE community has re-dedicated itself to work together at every level to transform the U.S. education and workforce system into a new, even more productive system that rewards innovation, supports different learning styles, values different students interests and talents equally, adapts and responds to technology and workplace needs, and prepares all students (secondary, postsecondary and adult) for career success through multiple career pathways
Learn More and Spread the Word. Check out the Vision Toolkit , which provides a range of tools and resources to help you share the CTE Vision with key stakeholders.