CTE on the Frontier: Leveraging Federal Policy to Strengthen Rural CTE

Career Technical Education (CTE) can provide an on-ramp for rural learners to access meaningful, high-wage careers while simultaneously strengthening the talent pipeline to meet regional labor demand. Yet rural learners all too often face an uphill battle when it comes to accessing high-quality CTE. Scarce resources, limited regional employers and an expansive service area make it challenging for rural institutions to provide robust, high-quality CTE programs of study across a breadth of subjects.

This cheat sheet is designed to help rural policymakers identify leverage points across federal education and workforce programs to support and expand access to high-quality rural CTE at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. It explores opportunities under the following federal education and workforce laws: 

  • The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006,
  • The Every Student Succeeds Act, and 
  • The workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. 

Other Advance CTE resources related to rural CTE include CTE on the Frontier: Catalyzing Local Efforts to Improve Program Quality and CTE on the Frontier: Connecting Rural Learners with the World of Work.

November 2017
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