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General CTE Information
On Thursday, May 26, 2016, Governor Branstad signed into law House File 2392, setting a new vision for students in Iowa to graduate from high school ready for college and career training. The legislation builds upon recommendations released by the Secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) Task Force and marks the first major revision to CTE policy in Iowa since 1989.
The secondary CTE redesign initiative, which focuses on middle and high school students, is in line with the Future Ready Iowa initiative launched by Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds this last fall. The initiative focuses on ways to continue building Iowa’s talent pipeline and close the skills gap so that more Iowans have quality career opportunities and employers have the skilled workforce they need. This legislation will help achieve the Future Ready Iowa goal that 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce have education and training beyond high school by 2025.
The CTE redesign will:
- Improve access to high-quality CTE through a statewide system of regional planning partnerships to assist school districts in providing an effective, efficient, and economical means of delivering programs.
- Encourage alignment of secondary CTE offerings to in-demand occupations to meet the needs of employers.
- Reform career and academic planning and CTE programming to encourage students to explore opportunities aligned to their interests through holistic career guidance, exploratory CTE coursework, and work-based learning opportunities.
The legislation contains two divisions: Division I - Career and Academic Planning and Division II - Career and Technical Education and Work-based Learning Programs. See below for information regarding each of these divisions.