The importance of CTE and School Counselor Relationship

CTE messaging and communications strategies

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR)

In 2009, the State Board of Education and Colorado Commission of Higher Education adopted a description of “Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness” (PWR).


“Colorado high school graduates demonstrate the knowledge and skills (competencies) needed to succeed in postsecondary settings and to advance in career pathways as lifelong learners and contributing citizens.”

— adopted by the Colorado State Board of Education and Colorado Commission on Higher Education (Winter 2016).

Individual Career and Academic Planning (ICAPs)

logoAn individualized career and academic plan is both a document and a process that students use – with support from school counselors, teachers, and parents – to define their career goals and post-secondary plans in order to inform the student’s decisions about their courses and activities throughout school.

Repository for Adult ICAP

The repository offers ICAP resources and tools for student services practitioners supporting traditional and non-traditional students in their transition into and completion of community college programs.

Career Guidance Best Practices

Comprehensive guidance and counseling programs consist of subject matter and related techniques and methods organized to facilitate the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students K-12.

Lauren Jones Austin, MA, NCC, MCC*
CTE Program Director for Special Populations, Counseling & Equity
phone: 720-858-2825
*MCC= Meaningful Career Conversationalist

Colorado CTE
9101 East Lowry Blvd
Denver, CO 80230

Learning that Works Resource Center

The Learning that Works Resource Center is a repository of high-quality CTE and career readiness research and promising policies, and is designed to connect state leaders, policymakers, academics and practitioners with a vetted bank of resources across 12 categories.

Advance CTE Reports: Resources created by Advance CTE across topic areas related to Career Technical Education (CTE) include reports, guide/tools, case studies, briefs and snapshots.  Link:

Career Cluster Infographic

career cluster infographic