Career and Technical Education
Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Iowa includes organized educational programs offering a sequence of courses that are directly related to the preparation of individuals in employment in current or emerging occupations. These programs include competency-based applied learning, which contributes to an individual’s academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, and occupational-specific skills.
At the secondary level, CTE programs are organized within six broad service areas. As defined in Iowa Code section 256.11, subsection 5, paragraph "h”: The service areas include agriculture, food, and natural resources; arts, communications, and information systems; applied sciences, technology, engineering, and manufacturing, including transportation, distribution, logistics, architecture, and construction; health sciences; human services; and business, finance, marketing, and management. Programs within these service areas are further aligned with the National Career Clusters™ Framework. CTE programs at the postsecondary (community college) level are also organized by the Career Clusters™ framework.
Condition of Secondary CTE Education
The Annual Condition of Secondary Career & Technical Education Report provides information on trends in secondary CTE courses and programs, enrollment, student characteristics, and instructors based on data collected by the Iowa Department of Education. The reports also describe the four areas of focused policy interest for implementing high-quality CTE throughout the state. Information provided in the reports set the stage for aligning HF2392 implementation with the development of the State Plan required under Perkins V.