ADVANCE CTE Recognizes Eleven Model Programs of Career Technical Education

Advance CTE's selection committee chose 11 programs for their track records of blending demanding academic work with work-based learning and internships created in partnership with business and community organizations. “CTE should prepare all students for success in both postsecondary education and careers, and these programs of study do exactly that,” said Kimberly Green, Advance CTE Executive Director. “The eleven award winners were chosen, in part, due to their dedication to ensuring access to and supporting success for all students. We hope these programs of study serve as a model for leaders across the country by demonstrating what high-quality CTE looks like and can offer to students and communitiesHere is the list of winners, along with the career cluster each one represents.

  • Tulare Join Union High School District Farm, Tulare, Calif. (agriculture, food & natural resources)
  • Advanced Technologies Academy, Las Vegas, Nev. (architecture & construction)
  • Vista PEAK Preparatory, Aurora, Colo. (business management & administration)
  • Peoria Unified School District, Glendale, Ariz. (education & training)
  • Hamburg High School, Hamburg, N.Y. (finance)
  • Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, Ill. (health science)
  • Des Moines Independent Public School, Des Moines, Iowa (hospitality & tourism)
  • Southwest High School, San Antonio, Texas (information technology)
  • Carl Wunsche Sr. High School, Spring, Texas (law, public safety, corrections & security)
  • Desert View High School, Tucson, Ariz. (manufacturing)
  • Traverse Bay Area intermediate School District, Traverse City, Mich. (science, technology, engineering & mathematics)                                                        
Scott Nail representing Upper Valley Career Center, a 2015 award recipient said, “What an amazing honor for UVCC to be chosen. This award has allowed UVCC to share best practices with federal policymakers and the White House administration, a testament to how CTE is being reshaped to help prepare students for high-demand, high-wage jobs.” 
Award recipients were honored at the 2016 Advance CTE Spring Meeting at a luncheon where 40 administrators, educators and students traveled across the country to be recognized. 
Advance CTE: State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work is the longest-standing national non-profit that represents State Directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across all 50 states and U.S. territories. For more visit 

The Center to Advance CTE is Advance CTE's 501(c)3 affiliate organization (formerly the National Career Technical Education Foundation). The Center to Advance CTE has a shared vision with Advance CTE and a mission to support and promote a positive environment in which high-quality CTE policies, programs and practice can be developed, nurtured and sustained by: Amplifying the successes of and lessons learned by state CTE leaders, Cultivating critical partners and perspectives, Promoting and facilitating innovation, and Expanding capacity across the CTE community. - See more at: