Twenty states have designated a specific area of focus for their CTE programs.
Why does it matter?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Statewide emphasis/focus on specific area(s) such as high tech|
|California||No. However, there are specific regional focuses such as biotechnology in the San Diego area and bioscience in the Pasadena/Los Angeles region.|
|Delaware||Delaware programs will emphasize the integration of academic and technical content and will include a sequence of courses that address the state's academic as well as career and technical education content standards. These programs of study will provide the effective academic and technical preparation necessary for student entry into high-skill, high-wage or high-demand occupations and/or related opportunities in postsecondary education. All students will be held to the graduation requirements which include the completion of rigorous academic courses and a three-credit planned and sequential career pathway. Program emphasis reflects regional labor market needs.|
|District of Columbia|
|Florida||2007 legislation creates the State Career and Professional Education Act to improve academic performance and to response to workforce needs. Act requires:|
|Hawaii||Agriculture, Science and Technology|
|Idaho||Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is one of the state's emphases.|
|Indiana||Pre-engineering and biomedical sciences|
|Iowa||Life sciences (including production agriculture, value added processing, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology)|
|Kansas||STEM and Project Lead the Way (engineering, biomechanics, aeronautics and other applied math and science arenas)|
|Maryland||State emphasis within the career clusters, as follows:|
|Minnesota||Biomedical, engineering and math|
|New Hampshire||Advanced manufacturing, engineering, biotechnology. Moving towards STEM as an area of potential growth.|
|North Dakota||An emerging technology program rotates high tech equipment among 80 area schools.|
|Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania's STEM Initiative|
|South Dakota||Focus on labor market needs of health science, STEM, and programs that align with postsecondary opportunities.|
Industry certification programs in information technology and ProStart for the hospitality industry.
|Texas||The governor has identified six industry clusters for economic growth:|