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.

Vision of Colorado Career and Technical Education

Colorado CTE delivers proven pathways 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.

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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


FREE CREDENTIAL COURSEWORK SIGN UP (CTE in Colorado) – You will receive additional information through email with logon procedures once you complete the sign up.  The registration will only be live during the time frame in between session start dates.  This course covers EDU 250, 251, 253 & 260.

Online Session Schedule:
Spring Class runs January 20-March 23, 2020.  THIS CLASS IS AT CAPACITY!  Fall dates will be announced later in the Spring.

Face to Face Session:
CACTE July 19 – 23, 2020 in Grand Junction, CO

CTE Director Training:
CACTA February 5-7, 2020 in Loveland, CO

WBL Credentialing:
CACTE July 19 – 23, 2020 in Grand Junction, CO

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.


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 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