One unique and critical element of Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways is that they offer learners exposure and access to authentic experiences inside and outside the classroom. For these opportunities to be guaranteed, industry must play a key role in the design, development and delivery of CTE pathways, including in rural communities.
This brief from Advance CTE, the second in a series on rural CTE access and quality, explores how states — including West Virginia, Louisiana, Montana and North Dakota— have identified ways to bring the physical experience of work-based learning and employer engagement directly to learners through simulated workplace experiences, innovative satellite campuses and mobile labs.
Other briefs in the CTE on the Frontier series include:
- CTE on the Frontier: Catalyzing Local Efforts to Improve Program Quality
- CTE on the Frontier: Connecting Rural Learners to the World of Work
- CTE on the Frontier: Strengthening the Rural CTE Teacher Pipeline
CTE on the Frontier: Connecting Rural Learners with the World of Work was developed through the New Skills for Youth initiative, a partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers, Advance CTE and Education Strategy Group, generously funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co.