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OVAE Invites States to Participate in "Advancing Career and Technical Education (CTE) in State and Local Career Pathways Systems"; Applications Due by December 10
Nov 7, 2012

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), has extended an invitation for states to participate in Advancing Career and Technical Education (CTE) in State and Local Career Pathways Systems. Five states will be selected through a competitive application process to participate in this two-year project, which is managed by Jobs for the Future through a contract with OVAE. The objective of the project is to assist the states in building capacity to integrate CTE Programs of Study (POS) into broader Career Pathways system development efforts. The Application for State Participation is available on the Career Pathways Community of Practice.

Benefits of Participation

If selected, your state will:

  • Be paired with an experienced state coach and receive individualized technical assistance to support your efforts to align and integrate CTE Programs of Study with your state's Career Pathways system efforts.
  • Receive coaching and technical assistance to: develop a strategic plan; identify and address obstacles to the alignment of CTE Programs of Study with Career Pathways; map assets and identify key partners, funding streams and targeted industry sectors; and implement new approaches in the participating local area with key stakeholders.
  • Have access to subject matter experts in CTE Programs of Study and Career Pathways systems development, and opportunities to network virtually with other states participating in this project.

Anticipated Outcomes

As a result of project participation, your state will be better able to:

  • Align programs and policies and make systems changes that are necessary to integrate CTE Programs of Study into your state's Career Pathways system.
  • Better align comprehensive education and training programs with the needs of business and industry - addressing the skills gap and contributing to state and local economic growth and development.
  • Expand opportunities for secondary and postsecondary CTE students as well as adults who progress through Programs of Study and Career Pathways that lead to industry-recognized credentials and to good jobs in in-demand industries and occupations in the state.
  • Sustain system reforms and take them to scale over time.


To be eligible, each state must:

  • Submit an application that addresses the criteria outlined in the application.
  • Conduct a preliminary Career Pathways Readiness Assessment
    (If the link does not open automatically, please copy and paste it into your browser)
  • Conduct a preliminary POS Self-Assessment
    (If the link does not open automatically, please copy and paste it into your browser)
  • Create a cross-agency state team for this project, and submit either a letter of commitment from all required team members or a memorandum of understanding in support of and agreeing on the roles and responsibilities of each agency in carrying out this project.

Team Composition

At a minimum, the state team must be comprised of the State Director for CTE or his/her senior level designee(s) (including representatives of both secondary and postsecondary CTE); the lead state officials (or senior level designees) for K-12, Postsecondary, and Adult Education; the lead state official (or senior level designee) for Workforce Development; the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) Director (or senior level designee); lead officials from comparable agencies or institutions from the participating local area; and representatives from business and industry. Other suggested state team members include: the lead state officials (or senior level designees) for Economic Development, Health and Human Services, Justice, and staff from the governor's office (e.g., higher education policy director, the Workforce Investment Board).

Submission Deadline / Contact

The deadline for submission of state applications is 5:00 PM EST, December 10, 2012. For more information please contact: Mary Clagett, Director for Workforce Policy, Jobs for the Future at or 202-709-5330, ext. 406.

Application for State Participation