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NASDCTEc At-a-Glance

The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) was established in 1920 to represent the state and territory heads of secondary, postsecondary and adult career technical education (CTE) across the nation. NASDCTEc, through leadership, advocacy and partnerships, aims to support an innovative CTE system that prepares individuals to succeed in education and their careers, and poises the United States to flourish in a global, dynamic economy.


The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium supports visionary state leadership, cultivates best practices and speaks with a collective voice on national policy to promote academic and technical excellence that ensures a career ready workforce.


NASDCTEc is an advocate for policies and legislation that enhance and sustain high-quality CTE programs throughout the nation. To that end, the association actively monitors federal and national developments and around the country for the latest research, news, and issues influencing the dialogue on CTE and education policy. NASDCTEc represents the CTE interests of its members in the nation’s capitol.

Information and Resources

NASDCTEc provides members and the CTE community with vital tools, resources and timely information required to support high-quality CTE. We also host a range of events, and provide timely information and resources throughout the year to serve the CTE community. NASDCTEc news, views, and events keep CTE interests on the forefront in Washington D.C. and across the nation.

Career Clusters™ and Programs of Study

In cooperation with the National Career Technical Education Foundation (NCTEF), NASDCTEc provides leadership and support for the National Career Clusters™ Framework to deliver high-quality CTE programs through improved curriculum design and instruction. The ultimate goal: To elevate student success in college and career while strengthening the economy and driving America’s competitiveness worldwide.

NASDCTEc has a growing membership of more than 200 members who share the CTE State Directors’ CTE vision and commitment to quality education at the secondary, post secondary and adult levels. Click here for more on member benefits and how you can join.