CTE Without Borders Policy Playbook

To truly meet the needs of learners, we must remove the geographic barriers that limit access and opportunity, particularly for learners in rural communities. This work is essential to ensure that each learner can access CTE without borders, and it begins with policies and programs that enable, not limit, mobility and access.  This resource, developed in partnership with the Southern Regional Education Board and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, supports state and local leaders in the development of policies and programs that advance the expansion of CTE and work-based learning within and across states. The playbook was developed with input from more than 100 state and local leaders through a series of interactive roundtable discussions and interviews.The playbook is organized into a collection of actions and strategies across six key focus areas: 

  • Align Partners, Values and Vision
  • Drive Decisions With Data
  • Incentivize Access With Flexible and Sustainable Funding
  • Capture Learners’ Credits, Credentials and Experiences
  • Optimize the Conditions for Virtual and Hybrid Learning Opportunities
  • Inform and Support Learners and Families

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This work is generously supported by the Walton Family Foundation. 

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May 2023
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