Vision of Colorado Career and Technical Education

Colorado Career & Technical Education (CTE) leverages workforce and education systems so that each learner has quality CTE experiences leading to lifelong career success.

Mission of Colorado Career and Technical Education

CTE ensures a thriving Colorado economy by providing relevant and rigorous education that is connected, responsive and real.

Colorado Strategic CTE Visioning Process

Colorado CTE recently developed a state strategic vision and plan for career and technical education that considers our unique landscape and opportunities over the next five years.  The plan will help us ensure we are providing learners access to quality CTE programs that are aligned to industry demand and lead to high wage, high skill, in-demand employment.  As part of that process, we have been hosting opportunities for public and stakeholder feedback around the state on a variety of topics.  For more information, please visit our CTE Vision page.

TRAINING

FREE CREDENTIAL COURSEWORK SIGN UP (CTE in Colorado) – You will receive additional information through email with logon procedures about a week after the close of registration.

This course covers EDU 250, 251, 253 & 260.

This course also covers these components if you received a letter from the Colorado Dept. of Education that lists:

  • Foundations of Teaching and Learning
    • Course 1: Orientation and Assessment of new CTE Teachers/Teaching Strategies
    • Course 2: Classroom Management/Creating a Positive Learning Environment/Safety and Liability
  • CTE Knowledge
    • Course 1: Communication strategies/Career advisement/Facilitating CTE Leadership Activities.

*The Practicum and Portfolio requirements are done within your district.

Online Session Schedule:

  • Early Summer Class runs May 11-July 13, 2020.
    • Course is closed.
  • Late Summer Class runs July 20-Sept 14, 2020.
    • Course is closed.
  • Fall Class runs September 21-December 14, 2020.
    • Signup/Registration will go live August 31 at 10am.
  • Spring Class runs January 18-April 5, 2021.
    • Signup/Registration will go live January 4 at 10am.

Face to Face Session:
CACTE July 2021 in Loveland, CO

CTE Director Training:
CACTA February 2021 in Loveland, CO

Work-based Learning Credentialing (Virtual):
July 16, 2020 from 9am to 1pm – Course is full.

Health Science Foundations:
Fall 2020 (TBD)

CTE overview video

VIDEO: Colorado CTE Overview

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VIDEO: Colorado CTE for Students

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VIDEO: Colorado CTE for Parents

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VIDEO: Colorado CTE for Counselors

Closed captioning available in both Spanish and English for all videos

Overall Goal / Outcome of CTE

To provide quality educational programs emphasizing core academic content, Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness (PWR) competencies, technical skills, and seamless transition to further education or employment and better prepare students, including special populations to meet challenges of the workforce, economic development, and emerging occupations.

CTE Program Types

Colorado CTE programs are divided into six industry sectors: (1) Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy; (2) STEM, Arts, Design & Information Technology; (3) Skilled Trades & Technical Sciences; (4) Health Science, Criminal Justice & Public Safety; (5) Hospitality, Human Services & Education; (6) Business, Marketing & Public Administration.

More than 5,000 community and business leaders serve on advisory committees and councils supporting CTE programs.

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Career and Technical Student Organizations

CTSOs help students build leadership skills, promote positive work values, and reinforce the CTE curriculum.

Nine CTE student organizations include: DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, PBL, (SC)2, SkillsUSA, and TSA.

In 2017-2018, more than 32,000 students participated in CTE student organizations as state affiliated members.

COLORADO CTE CALENDAR

Colorado Career Clusters

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

  • Energy

  • Management & Administration

  • Marketing

  • Finance

  • Government & Public Administration

  • Hospitality & Tourism

  • Human Services

  • Education & Training

  • Health Sciences

  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

  • Architecture & Construction

  • Manufacturing

  • STEM

  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communication

  • Information Technology

  • Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness

CTE Facts – 18/19 Academic Year

POSTSECONDARY – 37,076 individual students enrolled in CTE programs

HIGH SCHOOL – 110,265 individual students enrolled in CTE programs

MIDDLE SCHOOL – 35,740 individual students enrolled in CTE programs

To learn more about Colorado CTE, please check out our CTE Fact Sheet!

CTE State Funding

Over the last 40 years, appropriations for the Career Technical Act (formerly the Colorado Vocational Act of 1970) have dropped proportionately to the dramatic increase of the actual cost of CTE programs. In 1971-72, the General Assembly provided just over 58 percent of the actual cost of CTE programs (Actual cost: $11.16 million, state funding: $6.5 million). In 2014-15, the General Assembly provided 25 percent of the actual cost of CTE programs. (Actual cost from FY15 reported expenses: $97million, state funding: $25million).

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Strategies for the Future

  • Career Advisement & Development
  • Instructor Recruitment & Retention
  • Partnerships
  • Quality Programs
  • Work-Based Learning