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Iowa Quality Career and Technical Education


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On 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 was built upon recommendations released by the Secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) Task Force and marked the first major revision to CTE policy in Iowa since 1989. The legislation focused on building Iowa’s talent pipeline so that more Iowans would have quality career education and opportunities thus supporting the Future Ready Iowa goal that 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce have education and training beyond high school by 2025. This work, along with the Iowa State Perkins V Plan, lay the framework for Iowa Quality CTE (IQCTE).

IQCTE recognizes the high skill and technical requirements of current and future careers and fulfills the following:

Career and Academic Planning

Promote career and college readiness through thoughtful career guidance and purposeful academic and technical planning practices.

Programs of Study

Provide high-quality, integrated CTE programming comprised of secondary exploratory and transitory coursework to prepare students for higher-level, specialized academic and technical training using State Board of Education adopted CTE standards in Iowa’s six Service Areas.

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)

All along the spectrum of CTE courses, students should be exposed to the value of career and technical student organizations (CTSOs), with efforts made to make CTSOs co-curricular rather than extra-curricular.

Work-Based Learning

Afford students the opportunity to access a spectrum of high-quality work-based learning experiences through a coherent delivery system involving the Iowa Intermediary Network.

Equity and Special Populations

Afford every student in Iowa the opportunity to explore and pursue career and college learning opportunities through a comprehensive career pathway system that includes vibrant career guidance and relevant work-based learning.

Regional Planning Partnerships (RPPs) and Regional Centers

Through collaboration and regional partnerships, provide for increased and equitable access to high-quality CTE through a statewide system of regional centers. The Career Academy Incentive Fund helps to support these regional efforts.


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 16, 2021 at 11:18am.