Let’s Get to Work Learning From Success in Career and Technical Education

This report seeks to help state and district leaders throughout the country serve students better through practical, actionable strategies and policies to strengthen and modernize career and technical education (CTE). These recommendations reflect promising practices from several CFC members — along with a review of the existing research on CTE. This report focuses particularly on progress in improving CTE programs in Tennessee, Nevada, Denver, and San Antonio — all models of innovation, each with different lessons to offer. From those examples, and from research, Chiefs for Change makes the following key recommendations.

  • Improve the quality of CTE pathways and courses

  • Expand work-based learning opportunities such as internships and apprenticeships

  • Show leadership and improve coordination

  • Define career readiness in your local/state context

  • Expand and improve support for students and families

  • Build a truly seamless transition into postsecondary education and career training for students in CTE courses

  • Increase program rigor

  • Raise the bar for CTE instructors

  • Identify resources

  • Ensure equity

  • Monitor progress

-Chiefs for Change