Welcome to Career and Technical Education (CTE)


Career and Technical Education provides all students access to high-quality, rigorous career-focused programs that result in attainment of credentials with labor market value.

Utah CTE At-A-Glance

2017-2018 At-A Glance Flyer
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  • 161,596 Students Enrolled in CTE Courses
  • 95% Graduation Rate for Students Who Are CTE Concentrators
  • 79,233 CTE Concurrent Enrollment (CE) Credits Earned
  • 112,867 CTE Skill Certifications Awarded
  • 19,189 Third-Party Certifications Earned
  • 105 Students Received CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award

Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Federal Education Act

Since 2006, nearly 1.5 million Utah students have benefited from the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Federal Education Act.


Perkins is dedicated to increasing learner access to high-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs of study. With a focus on systems alignment and program improvement, Perkins is critical to ensuring that programs are prepared to meet the ever-changing needs of learners and employers.

Perkins V Emphases

  • Programs of Quality
  • Ties to Local Economic Drivers
  • Career Pathways
  • Stakeholder Involvement
  • Credentials of Value

Perkins reflects the 100-year federal commitment to CTE by providing federal support to CTE programs and focuses on improving the academic and technical achievement of CTE students, strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improving accountability.

Perkins V Public Hearings

Public Hearings Dates

We are improving our Perkins V state plan. In an effort to increase high-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, Utah CTE is looking for your input on the alignment to industry needs and increasing student access to high-quality education. Your input will help drive the implementation of CTE opportunities for students in Utah.


Credentials of Value

Perkins V Data

Perkins V Major Tenets

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CTE Directions Newsletter


The CTE Directions newsletter is distributed via an automatic Utah Education Network (UEN) mailing service. To subscribe, select the appropriate link below and follow sign-up instructions:

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CTE Success Stories

“The CTE classes I have taken have helped me decide that I want to pursue a career in construction. Because of my construction class I have learned so many valuable skills in building and interacting with others. The class also helped me get concurrent enrollment [credit] to help me get my degree faster. I love to work with my hands and my mind. The thrill of when a project comes together is the best feeling I have ever had.” — Jeb Price


Students Advocate for CTE: Success Stories


What Students Are Saying about CTE? 
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What Is Your CTE Story?

Industry Standards Rating Tool

“Your role in providing input and support in aligning industry-recognized standards to provide meaningful educational, job and career pathways represents a very valuable contribution.” — Thalea Longhurst, State Director, Career and Technical Education


How can you make a difference in education? Get yourself set up as a standards rater. Industry leaders and educators need to work together now more than ever. There are millions of jobs that need to be filled, and students need the knowledge and skills in order to fill the positions and get started on a successful career.

This project connects industry leaders and educators and provides a way for industry to rate the importance of the knowledge and skills contained in courses offered for a particular industry and skill level.  When industry and government align to develop the workforce, the community benefits. It’s a win-win to place high school students on the fast-track to careers while lowering unemployment and strengthening the economy.

Industry Recognized Standards across Career Clusters

21st Century Skills

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Architecture and Construction

Arts, Audio/Visual Technology and Communication

Business Management and Administration

Education and Training


Government and Public Administration

Health Science

Hospitality and Tourism

Human Services

Information Technology

Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security



Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

Get Started

As an industry partner, start making a difference today.  Become a standards rater.  Ratings help shape the makers of tomorrow and future employees.

Precision Exams Links

5 Ways Your Business Can Help Students Get the Skills They Need to Succeed
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Company Information Collection Tool
Get involved. Share more about your organization and the types of employees you will need.

Rating Tool
Take the next steps. Start rating standards.

Utah Computer Science K-12 Framework

Computer Science K-12 Framework | Computer Science Education Master Plan | Computer Science Education Master Plan Executive Summary

Computer Science Task Force

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) recently formed a Computer Science Task Force to establish a vision for computer science in the Utah Public Education System. The Task Force identified a strategic plan, including six recommendations, to successfully implement computer science education within the K-12 education system. In June 2018, the strategic priorities (six steps) established by the Task Force to accomplish this vision were presented to the Utah State Board of Education and were subsequently approved. The priorities are:

  • Develop and implement a statewide K-12 framework for computer science.
  • Start early by engaging students at the elementary level.
  • Develop a statewide strategy to communicate the value of computer science.
  • Build capacity among educators at pre-service and in-service levels.
  • Improve upon current course requirements to scaffold computer science learning within the K-12 education system.
  • Ensure students have access to five of the 19 most popular computer science courses currently offered, including Computer Programming 1, Computer Science Principles, Gaming Development Fundamentals, Exploring Computer Science 1, and Web Development 1, regardless of geography.

The first strategic priority has been developed and approved by the Utah State Board of Education. Implementation of the framework is the next step within this strategic plan.

Summary: Utah Computer Science K-12 Framework

Considering the increasing demand for computational thinking skills, an ever-growing need for digital literacy competency in tech-heavy careers, and the environment we find ourselves in, the Utah State Board of Education has approved the Utah Computer Science K-12 Framework (UCSK12F). This is the first step in the strategic plan to address this need and engage students at all levels. Every Utah learner deserves the opportunity to take courses that highlight computer science concepts and skills, within their level of comprehension, thus acquiring competent skills throughout the process.

The Computer Science K-12 Framework represents a vision in which all students engage in the concepts and practices of computer science. Beginning in the earliest grades and continuing through 12th grade, students will develop a foundation of computer science knowledge and learn new approaches to problem solving that harness the power of computational thinking to become both users and creators of computing technology. By applying computer science as a tool for learning and expression in a variety of disciplines and interests, students will actively participate in a world that is increasingly influenced by technology.

The Computer Science K-12 Framework envisions a future in which students:

  • Critically engage in public discussion on computer science topics.
  • Develop as learners, users, and creators of computer science knowledge and artifacts.
  • Better understand the role of computing in the world around them.
  • Learn, perform, and express themselves in other subjects and interests.
Principles Guiding the Framework

Broaden Participation in Computer Science
The framework is designed for all students, regardless of their age, race, gender, disability, or socioeconomic status. The structure and content of the framework reflect the need for diversity in computing and attention to issues of equity, including accessibility.

Focus on the Essential
The framework describes a foundational literacy in computer science, rather than an exhaustive list of all computer science topics that can be learned within a K-12 pathway. Additionally, the framework uses jargon-free, plain language that is accessible to instructors and the public.

Do Not Reinvent the Wheel
The framework is based on a history of professional research and practice in computer science education, that includes work from the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), AP CS Principles curriculum framework, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for curriculum guidelines for undergraduate computer science programs, including frameworks from other countries and the adaptation of other states.

Inform with Current Research and Guide Future Research
The framework reflects current research in computer science education, including learning progressions, trajectories, and computational thinking. Remaining questions have guided a research agenda that will inform future revisions to the national Computer Science K-12 Framework. Utah will evaluate the research and analyze if there is need for modification.

Align to Nationally Recognized Frameworks
Because the Computer Science K-12 Framework will exist alongside those from other subjects, it is intentionally structured in a similar way as other frameworks, such as the Framework for K-12 Science Education. The use of a lens of concepts and practices to view and describe K-12 Computer Science provides greater coherence across subject areas.

Inspire Implementation
If a local education agency (LEA) or individual school is already in the process of implementing computer science access for all students, or has just begun, the UCSK12F provides a coherent vision for inspiring further efforts. Local policy and implementation must go hand in hand to provide high-quality computer science opportunities for all students.


The purpose of the framework is to support districts/schools and charter schools in evaluating, refining, and monitoring the essential systems, structures, and practices necessary to achieve greater outcomes beginning in our elementary schools with competencies in keyboarding, appropriate and responsible use of technology, and basic coding principles.  Implementation can happen very organically at a local level. Educator training and workshops are currently being held throughout the state. If you have questions regarding UCSK12F, feel free to communicate with us.

Contact Us

Ashley Higgs, Specialist
Digital Literacy
Phone: (801) 538-7594 | E-mail

Joel Marquez, Specialist
Computer Science
Phone: (801) 538-7843 | E-mail

Kristina Yamada, Specialist
Information Technology
Phone: (801) 538-7849 | E-mail

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