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The Office of the State Superintendent of Education uses federal resources, standards setting, and performance accountability to foster the rebirth and renewal of state-of-the-art, high achievement Career and Technical Education (CTE) in the District of Columbia. CTE within the District of Columbia is a District-wide, secondary, postsecondary, college and career preparation system. It is designed to help ensure that all District learners achieve mastery of core academic knowledge and advanced skills, and to prepare learners for success in postsecondary education, lifelong learning, and high skills, high wage, or high demand careers in the competitive global labor market of the 21st century.
Authorized by the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, CTE programs of study ("Career Pathways") are made up of coherent sequences of courses offered by high schools and community and technical colleges. They subsume both rigorous core academic content and advanced, career-specific skills. CTE programs of study span both secondary and postsecondary education, ideally on a dual enrollment basis, and lead to an industry-recognized credential and/or an associate or baccalaureate degree.
CTE offers highly cost-effective pathways to both college and advanced technical and professional careers—and in the process improves the graduation rate, boosts student achievement, and supports the economic development agenda of the community. OSSE administers federal funds available under the Perkins Act to leverage active working partnerships with DC Public Schools, public charter schools, the University of DC, and the private sector to foster and improve high quality, high performance CTE programs of study that are accessible to every student.