The National Career Technical Education Foundation Announces New Project to Connect Secondary CTE and Apprenticeship Programs

November 3, 2015 - Silver Spring, MD – As we celebrate the first annual Apprenticeship Week, the National Career Technical Education Foundation (NCTEF) is excited to announce a new effort to strengthen the alignment between Career Technical Education (CTE) and apprenticeship programs.

Over the next year, NCTEF, funded through a contract with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE), will be leading an effort to identify model CTE programs of study that align with and articulate to apprenticeship programs in a variety of contexts and Career Clusters. The project’s goal is to strengthen the pipeline into apprenticeship programs and spark innovation in the field.

Through The Potential Role of Secondary Career and Technical Education Programs in Preparing Students for Apprenticeship Programs, NCTEF and its partners, RTI International, Jobs for the Future, Vivayic and Quality Information Partners, will conduct site visits of model programs across the country to inform the development of a range of resources and technical assistance tools.

These resources, including a synthesis report, multi-faceted resource guide, and instructional videos, will highlight promising practices and actionable strategies for state and local leaders looking to replicate and scale existing pre-apprenticeship and youth apprenticeship programs, as well as transform existing CTE programs to incorporate apprenticeships as a career path for students.

“Apprenticeships are clear path to the skilled careers that ensure access to the middle class. We are very excited about this opportunity to find ways to expand access to these successful programs through CTE.” said Kimberly Green, Executive Director of NCTEF. “Given their shared commitment to providing students with work-based learning experiences, industry-driven expectations, and meaningful credentials, we see a natural link between CTE and apprenticeships and look forward to helping state and local leaders build stronger pathways between the two.”

The project is made possible through the Department of Education’s Technical Assistance for Implementing CTE: Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (ID/IQ) Contract.

Contact: Katie Fitzgerald

About the National Career Technical Education Foundation
The National Career Technical Education Foundation (NCTEF) is the partner organization of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), working to support an innovative CTE system that prepares individuals to succeed in education and their careers and poises the United States to flourish in a global, dynamic economy through leadership, advocacy and partnerships. NCTEF’s mission is to develop the supports, resources and partnerships necessary to ensure high-quality CTE is advanced throughout the country, leading to a highly skilled workforce and productive economy.