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.


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:

Archived Newsletters

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


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 K-5 Computer Science Standards

Standards Revision Overview

In October 2018, the Utah State Board of Education approved the Utah K-12 Computer Science Framework, providing a scope and sequence of key skills for computer science education for Utah students. Taking the next step to bring computer science to Utah classrooms, Ashley Higgs, CTE Education Specialist, organized a K-5 Computer Science Standards writing team with Utah stakeholders in March 2019. We are seeking 30-day public comment to gather more stakeholder input and raise awareness around computer science for elementary teachers and students.

The 30-day review period will begin on June 6, 2019 and ends on July 6, 2019. Following the review period, the writing teams will review the feedback and prepare a revised draft incorporating the feedback providing for consideration by the Utah State Board of Education in August/September 2019.

Supporting Documentation

K-5 Utah K-5 Computer Science Standards Draft


If you would like to review and leave feedback for the Utah K-5 Computer Science Standards, please fill out the following survey.

K-5 Utah K-5 Computer Science Standards Feedback Survey
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Contact Us

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

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