Content Standards

Colorado CTE Standards website : coctestandards.cccs.edu

CDE Colorado Academic Standards : cde.state.co.us website

Program Approval

  • Academic Credit – guidance on including academic credit on program approval.

  • Middle School program submissions are closed for the 19/20 academic year. Please wait until new system opens for submitting 20/21 AY programs. Direct questions to cte@cccs.edu

  • We have transitioned program approvals to the new centralized Colorado CTE Gateway! See our FAQ page for more information.

  • Program Quality Action Plan– Use this program evaluation framework to help you review  critical elements of your CTE program. This can also help identify potential areas of growth to strategically address. For more information, the pdf version or online tool, visit ACTE’s website.

  • Advisory Program of Work Template – The program quality evaluation tool listed above can help guide your planning by your Advisory.

  • If submitting an ACE Program Approval, copy/paste the following two statements to complete the Employment Demand and Occupational Outlook sections:

    • For Employment Demand use: Due to the nature of the ACE CTE Program design, a specific occupational outlook is not applicable. ACE CTE is a multi-occupational pathway that facilitates individualized, developmentally appropriate programming necessary to support CTE students (inclusive of those identified as special populations ). ACE CTE students will demonstrate competency in Postsecondary Workforce Readiness (PWR) that lead to technical skill attainment in any chosen occupation with a focus on high wage occupations or high skill, in high demand industries that promote self-sufficiency.
    • For Occupational Outlook use: Due to the nature of the ACE CTE Program design, students will prepare for occupations dependent upon individual students’ career interests, aptitudes, abilities, and individual needs. ACE CTE is a multi-occupational pathway that facilitates individualized, developmentally appropriate programming necessary to support CTE students (inclusive of those identified as special populations ). ACE CTE students will demonstrate competency in Postsecondary Workforce Readiness (PWR) that lead to technical skill attainment in any chosen occupation with a focus on high wage occupations or high skill, in high demand industries that promote self-sufficiency.
    • Also, in regards to the Concentrator definition,  ACE CTE programs have unique flexibility to reflect demonstration of the two year requirement to meet Concentrator status. Consider the individualized nature of ACE CTE programs when submitting a program approval. Leverage the co-enrollment and local design of CTE Lab, Capstone and WBL course sequences within the ACE CTE Scope.

Desktop Monitoring

Checklists for Educators

Special Program Requirements and Quality Indicators

CTE Calendar

  • CTE Calendar – all the upcoming trainings, meetings and CTSO events and conferences.

Labor Market Data

Career & Technical Education programs prepare learners for a range of occupations that are high wage, high skill, and in demand. Here are some useful resources when reviewing labor market demand, typical earnings, and the like.