Area CTE Centers: Conquering the Skills Gap through Business and Industry Collaboration

Career Technical Education (CTE) inherently emphasizes partnerships with employers and encourages input from business and industry on CTE curriculum and other collaborative opportunities so that students graduate with the knowledge and skills that employers demand. But despite increased interest in CTE by students and businesses, states and school districts are struggling to maintain or expand CTE programs due to limited federal, state and local funding. Given the current fiscal situation, area CTE centers are an especially viable option for districts wanting to provide students with high-quality CTE in a cost-effective way.

This paper provides information on the history, benefits and cost effectiveness of area CTE centers. Several examples of best practices are highlighted including from Ohio and Oklahoma. This resource can be used to explore examples and best practices from other states that have used area CTE centers to expand access to CTE in a cost-effective way.

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April 2013