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Common Career Technical Core

The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) is a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for Career Technical Education (CTE). The standards have been informed by state and industry standards and developed by a diverse group of teachers, business and industry experts, administrators and researchers.

The initiative is being coordinated by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), which represents the state and territory heads of secondary, postsecondary and adult CTE across the nation. Forty-two states the District of Columbia and Palau participated in the development stage of the CCTC.

The development of the CCTC was a multi-step process that incorporated input from approximately 3,500 individuals representing K-12 education, business and industry and higher education from across the nation.

The process for developing the CCTC was informed by:

• High-quality state and industry standards;
• Input and guidance from educators, business and industry and state leaders; and
• Feedback from the public.

The CCTC includes a set of standards for each of the 16 Career Clusters® and their corresponding Career Pathways that define what students should know and be able to do after completing instruction in a program of study. The CCTC also includes an overarching set of Career Ready Practices that apply to all programs of study. The Career Ready Practices include 12 statements that address the knowledge, skills and dispositions that are important to becoming career ready.

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Learn more about the CCTC or share information about the initiative with these resources:

Setting a New Standard for Career Technical Education: Common Career Technical Core (overview)
Career Ready Practices
Webinar overview

  • An online database of the CCTC standards provides an opportunity to create reports specific to the needs of the user. In addition, additional resources including performance elements and sample indicators for the CCTC standards are provided as a resource tool in the exploration and understanding of the standards.

  • A national report examining states' CTE standards and the policies states use to implement their standards at the secondary and postsecondary levels. This report also compares each states' standards to the Common Career Technical Core, providing, for the first time ever, a baseline for states' CTE standards.

  • A public license has been created for the use of the CCTC standards and is available to review.

  • Representatives from organizations across the nation have expressed support for the CCTC. Learn who they are and share their statements with others as you work to gain support of and raise awareness about the CCTC in your state.

  • A summary of the process used to achieve the outcomes of the CCTC. Report highlights the steps used, the participation and recommendations for future revisions and engagements associated with the development of the CCTC.

  • A summary of the process, methodology and approach used to update the 2008 Knowledge and Skills Statements and prepare for transition for use by the Common Career Technical Core Working Groups in the development of the CCTC.

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