The Career and Technical Education program connects careers with education. CTE broadly encompasses six service areas: agriculture, food and natural resources; applied sciences, technology, engineering, and manufacturing; business, finance, marketing, and management; health science; human services; and information solutions.
On Thursday, May 26, 2016, Gov. Branstad signed into law House File 2392, setting a new vision for students in Iowa to graduate from high school ready for college and career training. The legislation builds upon recommendations released by the Secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) Task Force and marks the first major revision to CTE policy in Iowa since 1989.
The secondary CTE redesign initiative, which focuses on middle and high school students, is in line with the Future Ready Iowa initiative launched by Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds this last fall. The initiative focuses on ways to continue building Iowa’s talent pipeline and close the skills gap so that more Iowans have quality career opportunities and employers have the skilled workforce they need. This legislation will help achieve the Future Ready Iowa goal that 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce have education and training beyond high school by 2025.