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.


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

  • 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.


  • Course 1: CTE Philosophy, operation and management
  • Course 2: Student organization/Leadership development

Online Session Schedule:

  • Fall 2022 Offering: September 6 – November 14, 2022
    • Registration opens August 22nd at 10am.
  • Spring 2023 Offering:  January 17 – March 27, 2023
    • Registration open January 4th at 10am.

CTE in Colorado Face to Face Session:
CACTE July 17-21, 2022 in Breckenridge, CO. click here for more information!

CTE Director Training:
CACTA – Feb 2022 in Loveland. More information will be available Fall 2022!

  • You need to attend the entire conference to receive your CTE Director Certificate of Completion
  • Please note that we do not host this event, so cannot help with registration questions.

Work-based Learning Credentialing:

  • June 9, 2022 from 11am-5pm (More details to come)

Health Science Foundations:
2022 (TBD)

CTE overview video

VIDEO: Colorado CTE Overview

video for students
VIDEO: Colorado CTE for Students

video for parent
VIDEO: Colorado CTE for Parents

video for counselors
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.


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 2018-2019, 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