Career and Technology Education


The Career and Technology Education (CTE) branches provide leadership and technical assistance to ensure excellence in the comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. That system offers programs and services in 16 community colleges and 24 local school systems, including  high schools and career centers. The CTE system is governed by the State Board of Education. The Maryland State Department of Education works closely with the Maryland Higher Education Commission to provide a seamless educational system for all Marylanders.

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Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (20 USC 2301 et.seq.)

Perkins IV

The purpose of the Act is to develop more fully the academic and career and technical skills of secondary and postsecondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical programs by:

1) Developing challenging academic and technical standards and assisting students in meeting such standards, including preparation for high skill, high wage, or high demand occupations in current or emerging professions;

2) Promoting the development of services and activities that integrate rigorous and challenging academic and career and technical instruction, and that link secondary education and postsecondary education for participating career and technical education students;

3) Increasing flexibility in providing services and activities designed to develop, implement, and improve career and technical education, including tech prep education;

4) Conducting and disseminating national research and disseminating information on best practices that improve career and technical education programs, services, and activities;

5) Providing technical assistance that: (A) promotes leadership, initial preparation, and professional development; and (B) improves the quality of career and technical education teachers, faculty, administrators, and counselors;

6) supporting partnerships among secondary schools, postsecondary institutions,m baccalaureate degree granting institutions, area career and technical education schools, local workforce investment boards, business and industry and intermediaries; and

7) providing individuals with opportunities throughout their lifetimes to develop, in conjunction with other education and training programs, the knowledge and skills needed to keep the United States competitive.