Rethink CTE Summit

Link to RethinkCTE SlidesThe Rethink Career and Technical Education Summit was held on Friday, December 14, 2018, at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. The event brought together business and industry representatives, associations, and educators with demonstrated commitment to preparing America’s future workforce.


Given the current skills gap in America’s workplace and a shift from “college for all” to “college and career ready” in today’s education system, now is the time for reinvention. The new Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V; Public Law 115-224) provides a tremendous opportunity to rethink our career and technical education (CTE) delivery system in the United States. Perkins V offers local communities new flexibility to expand education pathways for students, work with business and industry to align CTE programs to State, local or regional workforce needs, and redesign CTE programs to better prepare students for successful careers.

During the Rethink CTE Summit, participants examined the Act’s new levers of opportunity and identified specific ways in which those opportunities can be used to challenge the status quo, set more students on a meaningful career path, and address the expanding skills gap for U.S. employers.

In preparation, participants were encouraged to take a few moments to think about:

  • What innovations in Career and Technical Education (CTE) have you implemented or seen in action and how can we share those as noteworthy practices?
  • How should 21st century Career and Technical Education (CTE) look?
  • What are the most important questions to help State and local-level providers Rethink CTE?
  • What is your role as a stakeholder in ensuring that states develop plans that truly rethink CTE for students?
  • How can we encourage true partnerships and encourage business to be involved in education initiatives in a productive way?