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Career Education Development


The Office of Career Education Development is responsible for targeting supports to CTE programs that will prepare District high school and community college students to succeed in a high-wage and high-demand career. The Office of Career Education Development accomplishes this by offering financial assistance to support improvements in DC's statewide system of career and technical education.

Description of Services

The Office of Career Education Development supports activities that improve the quality, structure, and student outcomes of CTE programs administered by DC Public Schools, Public Charter Schools, and the University of the District of Columbia Community College. The Office of Career Education Development supports the improvement of CTE program quality and student outcomes through the establishment of new NAF academies, collectively called the DC Career Academy Network (DC CAN). Additionally, the office promotes student access by paying for eligible students to take CTE certification exams through the CTE Certification Program.


  • To increase the number of District students concentrating in CTE programs who complete a certification, credential, or diploma associated with one of the District's most promising occupations.
  • To increase the number of students who earn industry certification within high wage, high skill and high demand fiends and to provide employers whit qualified District resident applicants.


All DC Public Schools, DC public charter schools, the University of the District of Columbia Community College, and other local institutions receiving local and federal funding for CTE programming are eligible to receive Career Education Development funding.

CTE Certification Program

DC Career Academy Network (DC CAN)

DC CAN Academy Closure Policy

DC CAN Budget and Expenditure Policy

Service Contact: 
Simone García
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 431-4245
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
Fifth Floor
Service Location: 

1050 First Street, NE

GIS Address: 
1050 First Street, NE