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Career and Technical Education (CTE)

In DC, the State Office of Career and Technical Education provides leadership, coordination, and technical assistance to ensure excellence in DC’s statewide system of career and technical education. We receive local and federal funds and award them to sub-grantees to ensure local education agencies (LEAs) provide equitable and high quality programs of study. Together with LEAs and other local partners, we support the following work:

  • Assisting secondary and postsecondary programs in aligning career and technical education students to workforce opportunities,
  • Easing the transition from high school to postsecondary programs, and
  • Improving state and local accountability for CTE programming.

DC’s State Director of Career and Technical Education is Clifton Martin at [email protected] or (202) 794-3594.

Career Clusters

OSSE focuses local CTE programs on the following career clusters. Learn more about these careers.

  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Finance
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

OSSE partners with the following sub-grantees to offer CTE programs throughout the District.

To learn more about becoming a CTE Provider, click here.

Programs of Study

DC’s CTE office supports programs of study (POS) for successful student transitions between secondary and postsecondary education. The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act calls upon states to create sequences of academic and (CTE) coursework to help students attain a postsecondary degree or industry-recognized certificate or credential. At minimum, POS must:

  • Incorporate and align secondary and postsecondary education elements
  • Include academic and CTE content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses
  • Offer the opportunity, where appropriate, for secondary students to acquire postsecondary credits
  • Lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level, or an associate or baccalaureate degree
  • Support the tenents of the Program of Study (POS) 10 Component Framework