The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) calls upon states to create sequences of academic and career and technical education (CTE) coursework to help students attain a postsecondary degree or industry-recognized certificate or credential. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides leadership, coordination, and technical assistance to ensure excellence in DCs statewide system of career and technical education by providing assistance to secondary, postsecondary, and correctional programs. CTE administers federal and local CTE funds, and monitors sub-grantees to ensure compliance with federal and local requirements and improve program quality. CTE also works to implement key components of the Districts CTE Strategic Plan.
In DC, the State Office of Career and Technical Education provides leadership, coordination, and technical assistance to ensure excellence in DCs statewide system of career and technical education. We receive local and federal funds and award them to sub-grantees to ensure local education agencies (LEAs) provide equitable and high quality programs of study.
Together with LEAs and other local partners, OSSE supports the following work:
- Assisting secondary and postsecondary programs in aligning career and technical education students to workforce opportunities,
- Easing the transition from high school to postsecondary programs, and
- Improving state and local accountability for CTE programming.
DCs CTE office supports programs of study (POS) for successful student transitions between secondary and postsecondary education. The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act calls upon states to create sequences of academic and (CTE) coursework to help students attain a postsecondary degree or industry-recognized certificate or credential. At minimum, POS must:
- Incorporate and align secondary and postsecondary education elements
- Include academic and CTE content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses
- Offer the opportunity, where appropriate, for secondary students to acquire postsecondary credits
- Lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level, or an associate or baccalaureate degree
- Support the tenants of the Program of Study (POS) 10 Component Framework
DC supports 27 programs across 13 career clusters at the secondary level, and 10 programs across 13 career clusters at the postsecondary level.
OSSE focuses local CTE programs on the following career clusters.