State strategies to support rural CTE programs are the focus of a new brief from Advance CTE.

After describing the challenges of rural CTE—including a lack of resources, fewer local postsecondary institutions with which to partner and limited employers to support work-based experiences—the brief profiles how Nebraska, South Dakota, Idaho and Mississippi have supported rural programs to ensure quality, expand opportunity and improve partnerships across education and with employers.

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Examples include Nebraska reVISION, a multi-phase process of local program evaluation and partnership building, supported by state technical assistance and competitive grants, as well as Idaho’s statewide articulation agreements and program alignment within and across secondary and postsecondary education.

The publication recommends several state strategies for supporting CTE:

  • Leverage federal and state funds for local innovation, using state criteria for quality
  • Provide meaningful technical assistance and data
  • Consider regional needs when designing or upgrading programs

CTE on the Frontier: Catalyzing Local Efforts to Improve Program Quality is the first in a series on rural CTE and a product of the New Skills for Youth initiative, a partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers, Advance CTE and the Education Strategy Group, funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co.