Career/Technical Education: Governing Body

Career/Technical Education: Governing Body

A "governing body" is charged with ultimate managerial control, fiscal and legal responsibility for the operation of a program. Governing bodies normally provide targeted guidance of high school, community colleges, and/or four-year institutions--but career and technical education can also bridge education and the workforce. For example, five states have designated their workforce agency as the governing body. Other states might provide governance that facilitates the spanning of two systems (e.g., high school and community college) or the alignment of services across systems. Three states have established a state board for career and technical education charged with governing career and technical education. Five states have charged the state's community colleges or postsecondary system with governing career and technical education. The remaining 38 states have left the governing functions with the state department or the state board of education.

Why does it matter?

  • Career and technical education often bridge systems, so program offerings need to be aligned across systems.
  • Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and will be updated as new policies are enacted.

    Last updated: June 2008

    Research conducted by Melodye Bush. Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth for questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or

Governing body
Alabama State Board of Education
Alaska Department of Education
Arizona State Board of Education
Arkansas State Board of Workforce Education and Career Opportunities
California State Board of Education
Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education
Connecticut Office of Workforce Competitiveness
Delaware Department of Education
District of Columbia D.C. Commission for Career and Technical Education
Florida Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Education
Georgia State Board of Education
Hawaii Department of Education
Idaho State Board of Education functioning as the State Board for Professional-Technical Education
Illinois Illinois State Board of Education
Indiana State Department of Education
Iowa Department of Education and State Board of Education
Kansas State Board of Education
Kentucky Workforce Investment Board
Louisiana State Education Board
Maine Department of Education
Maryland State Board of Education
Massachusetts Department of Education
Michigan State Board of Education
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Mississippi State Department of Education
Missouri State Board of Education
Montana Board of Regents
Nebraska Department of Education
Nevada State Board for Career and Technical Education
New Hampshire State Board of Education/State Department of Education
New Jersey State Board of Education
New Mexico Public Education Department
New York State Education Department
North Carolina State Board of Education
North Dakota State Board for Career and Technical Education
Ohio Office of Career-Technical and Adult Education within the Ohio Department of Education
Oklahoma State Board of Career and Technical Education
Oregon State Board of Education
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
South Carolina Department of Education
South Dakota StateĀ Board of Education
Tennessee State Board of Education and Department of Education
Texas State Board of Education
Utah State Office of Education
Vermont State Board of Education
Virginia Board of Education
Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
West Virginia Department of Education
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Wyoming Department of Education

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