NASDCTEc regularly releases issue briefs on key topics impacting CTE at the state and local level. Below are issue briefs exploring the intersection between CTE and jobs and the economy.

  • Area CTE Centers: Conquering the Skills Gap through Business and Industry Collaboration (April 2013) Area CTE Centers directly link education with the needs of local economies across the nation. Though not recognized as often as other institutions, such as community colleges, over 1,200 Area CTE Centers are operating in the U.S. Given the current fiscal situation, area CTE centers are an especially viable option for districts wanting to provide students with high quality CTE in a cost-effective way.
  • Promoting Work-Based Learning: Efforts in Connecticut and Kentucky (October 2012) NASDCTEc partnered with the Alliance for Excellent Education to co-author this brief which highlights efforts from two states—Connecticut and Kentucky—to define work-based learning opportunities for youth participants, educators, and employers, and to create policies that provide greater access to these opportunities.
  • Career Clusters: Forecasting Demand for High School through College Jobs 2008-2018 (November 2011) NASDCTEc Executive Director Kimberly Green co-authored this report with colleagues from Georgetown's Center for the Education & Workforce and the NRCCTE. The report, based on a previous report by CEW ("Help Wanted: Projecting Jobs and Education Requirements through 2018"), analyzes how labor market needs relate to the sixteen Career Clusters and discusses implications for Career Technical Education (CTE).
  • Return on Investment in CTE (January 2010) Oklahoma, Washington and Tennessee are featured for their states’ successful implementation of CTE return on investment studies.
  • Green Jobs and CTE (July 2009) While often discussed, “green jobs” can refer to a variety of occupations including: wind energy technicians, recycling director, sustainable agriculture specialist, and many more. This document describes our current concept of green jobs, and how green jobs and CTE overlap at the secondary and postsecondary levels.