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CTE - Best Practices for Career Development

CTE - Best Practices for Career Development

Each Colorado learner deserves the opportunity to explore career options and receive guidance in planning for their future careers. Career advisement and development should be a systemic process that starts with a broad understanding of what work is and what is required to be successful in a career. It should narrow as learners move through middle school, secondary, and postsecondary education. A systems approach that brings together advisors, CTE instructors, and community members is most effective and allows for the alignment of activities that can build throughout a learner’s education experience.

  • Advisors, student services, and CTE instructors align efforts in order to have meaningful career conversations with students.
  • Instructors are equipped with the skills to have meaningful career conversations with students about their skillsets and career choices.
  • Instructors, staff, and counselors have access to current and relevant workforce data to guide learners to careers that provide a quality standard of living and future opportunities.
  • Learners are provided opportunities for the development of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) skills.
  • State and local entities will continue to build relationships with advisors and the Colorado School Counselor Association (CSCA).


Consider also the Learning that Works Resource Center

  • The Learning that Works Resource Center is a repository of high-quality CTE and career readiness research and promising policies, and is designed to connect state leaders, policymakers, academics and practitioners with a vetted bank of resources across 12 categories.


And help Engage families and Learners through Advance CTE.  

  • Attract and recruit learners to high quality CTE programs with:
    • Research and Case Studies
    • Messaging Resources and Tools
    • Digital and Print Materials
    • Videos and Video Resources
image "CTE Delivers":  real options for college and rewarding careers, real-world skills, real high school experience with more value
Type of Practice: 
  • Curriculum and Scope and Sequence
  • Lesson Plans
  • Organizations that Support ICAP
  • Professional Development and Training
  • Websites
  • Category: 
  • Individual Development
  • Career Development
  • Academic Development
  • PWRful Demonstration of Learning
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • Communications / Messaging / Marketing
  • Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Access
  • Parent / Family Resources
  • Type of Organization: 
  • Business or Organization
  • District and/or School
  • Postsecondary Institution
  • District Size: 
  • Not a District
  • Region: 
  • Not Region-Specific
  • Developmental Level: 
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Adult Learner