The District of Columbia has a vibrant economy with an array of promising career opportunities for its citizens. In order to take advantage of these opportunities, our students must be aware of the occupations that exist, and earn the requisite secondary and postsecondary credentials necessary to compete for them. Career and Technical Education (CTE) in the District of Columbia should serve as a pipeline that connects students to postsecondary education and opportunities for a successful career. The District’s Career and Technical Education Task Force envisions CTE as a coordinated series of dynamic and engaging programs, operating in elementary, middle, and high schools, that increase student awareness, support student exploration, and enable student preparation for the array of promising careers in DC. These programs offer high quality curricula, instruction, and assessment and are linked to the business community in ways that promote real-world experiences and state-of-the-art learning.