Career and Technical Education (CTE) Resources

NDPC Materials

The 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention Online Courses: Overview Course. (2017). National Dropout Prevention Center/Network.

The 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention Online Courses: Career and Technical Education (CTE). (2017). National Dropout Prevention Center/Network.

The 21C Workplace. (2016). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Capacity Building: STEM to STEAM in South Carolina. (2015). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Competency-Based Learning. (2015). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

The Life-Changing Impact of Life Skills Instruction. (2014). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Making Sense of the Evidence: A Review of Dropout Prevention Strategies. (2014). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

NDPC/N Newsletter: STEM Education – Volume 24, Number 1 pdf. (2013).

Career-Focused Education as a Statewide Mandate: Eight High Schools in South Carolina. (2012). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

CTE: Key to Education Reform, Preparing the Future Workforce. (2011). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

The 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention. (2011). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Project-Based Learning: A Working Model for Student Engagement. (2011). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Making the Connection: Advanced Technological Education and Dropout Prevention(2010).  Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Graduation and Collaboration Coaches: Working Effectively Together. (2009). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Video: Using Your Math and Science (ATETV)(2009).

Connected Counseling: Connecting Students to Success(2008).  Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (2008).  Video: Connected Counseling in Action.

NDPC/N Newsletter: Career and Technology Education – Volume 20, Number 3 pdf. (2008).

Smink, J., & Schargel, F. P. (Eds.). (2004).  Helping Students Graduate: A Strategic Approach To Dropout PreventionLarchmont, NY : Eye On Education.

Smink, J., & Reimer, M. S. (2002).  Career and Technical Education and the 15 Effective Strategies for Increasing Graduation Rates pdfClemson, SC: National Dropout Prevention Center.

Hamby, J. V., & Monaco, F. A. (1993).  Enhanced Vocational Education: Developing a District-Wide Dropout Prevention Program pdfSolutions and Strategies.


Pionteck, M.E., Kannapel, P.J., Flory, M., & Stewart, M. (2016). The Implementation of Dual Credit Programs in Six Nonurban Kentucky School Districts.

National Network of Business and Industry Associations. (2015). Work-and-Learn in Action: Successful Strategies for Employers

González-Rivera, C. (2014).  Bridging the Disconnect pdf. Center for an Urban Future.

ACT Inc. (2006).  Ready for college and ready for work: Same or different?Iowa City, IA : Author.

Casner-Lotto, J., & Barrington, L. (2006).  Are They Really Ready to Work? Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century US Workforce. ERIC.

Decreasing the Dropout Rates in the United States – Panel Discussion(2006).

Plank, S., DeLuca, S., & Eustacion, A. (2005).  Dropping out of high school and the place of career and technical education: A survival analysis of Surviving High SchoolColumbus, OH : National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education.

Phelps, R. P., Parsad, B., & Farris, E. (2001).  Features of occupational programs at the secondary and postsecondary education levelsWashington, DC : National Center for Educational Statistics.

Schmitz, E., Prescott, C., & Hunt, L. (1996).  Learning technology: Effective use of technology in education; A report on the status of technology in preparing students for the workplace pdfWaco, TX : Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD).

What Work Requires of Schools: A SCANS Report for America 2000pdf (1991).  US Department of Labor.


A Vision for High Schools: Joining Academic and Technical Studies to Promote More Powerful Learning.

Advanced Technological Education Television

Association for Career and Technical Education
the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers

CTE Clearinghouse: Work-based and Service Learning

ATE Central (Advanced Technological Education)

Building STEM Teacher Leadership

Career Clusters

Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD)
a national nonprofit organization providing innovative changes in education to prepare students for greater success in careers and higher education; also sponsors the National Tech Prep Network and assists educators in secondary schools and colleges

CTE’s Role in Dropout Prevention and Recovery pdf

Joining Forces for Student Success: The Emergence of State and Local Policies to Support the Recognition of Academic Credit for CTE Coursework – ACTE Policy Paper pdf

Kickstarting Education
With public education funding coming under increasing scrutiny, it can be difficult for teachers to insure that they are addressing basic educational needs, let alone find the capacity or space in their budgets to do something creative or original. So, like many artists that have chosen to trod the new territory of being independent, some teachers and other creative types have begun to turn to new sources of funding; in particular, crowd-sourced funding sites like Kickstarter. Educators can do the same.

Mat Ed National Resource Center (Materials Science)

National Center for Manufacturing Education

National Research Center for Career and Technical Education

SC ATE National Resource Center

South Carolina Personal Pathways

STEM Resources

Teaching Technicians

What Is “Career Ready”? ACTE Policy Paper pdf

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