21st Century Community Learning Centers

Improving the outcomes of students in Oregon's 21st CCLC programs

Topic Areas > Career & Technical Education

Career & Technical Education (CTE) enhances and expands opportunities for youth of all ages by helping them to gain technical skills and knowledge, an academic foundation, and real-world experience. Students have opportunities to apply academic and technical skills through school-based enterprises, apprenticeships, and dual enrollment programs with the collaboration of community partners such as local businesses, training centers, and local colleges.
CTE and 21st Century Community Learning Centers

After school programs are uniquely positioned to support CTE efforts by either advancing pre-employment skills or by supplementing and extending CTE efforts currently in place in the school.

Engaging Youth in Career Programming During Out-of-School Time

There is considerable interest in career programming for youth. Major initiatives highlight the need for schools and communities to work together to support youths’ career readiness during in-school and out-of-school time (OST), including the Forum for Youth Investment’s Ready by 21 initiative and the Mott Foundation’s New Day for Learning. The Obama administration has also stressed the importance of aligning education standards with career readiness. Research on recruiting and retaining youth into out-of-school time programs indicates that youth may be interested in career-related activities as well.

How do we get started?

In this section, you will find research and resources to help you develop and implement a CTE component within your 21stCCLC program.

The National Career Clusters


As an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction, Career Clusters provides a guide for students to discover their interests and passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway to success in high school, college and their chosen career.

What is CTE?

General information about CTE developed by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium.

Oregon Department of Education CTE Application

ODE Application for a Start-Up Program of Study (required for all new CTE programs of study in Oregon). Word document.

Click 2 Science: STEM Professional Development

Click2Science, Online STEM Professional Development for Out-of-School Providers. Interactive, professional development site for trainers, coaches, site directors and frontline staff/volunteers working in out-of-school time STEM programs, serving children and youth.

Five Resources for Family Engagement
Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Career and Technical Education (CTE): Oregon Department of Education page containing information and resources for developing and implementing CTE in your after-school program. Resources include CTE Program approval and administration, Oregon’s Career Learning Areas, CTE’s initiatives and partnerships, and more.

Oregon Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

Connect with other CTE providers and programs across the state.  The goal of Oregon ACTE is to provide leadership in developing an educated, prepared, adaptable, and competitive workforce.  National ACTE site contains news, resources, and professional development opportunities.

Oregon Common Core Standards

As Oregon implements the Common Core Standards (CCSS), Career and Technical Education (CTE) needs to be involved. Both CTE and CCSS have the goal of college and career readiness.

Oregon Career Pathways

A series of connected education and training programs through Oregon’s community colleges. The site has links to the community college participating in the program.

Oregon Green Career Pathways

Information on the skills needed in occupations related to energy efficiency, protecting and restoring the environment, and producing renewable energy. The site includes videos on green careers including wind energy, solar/renewable energy, construction/carpentry, and more.

Local Trade Training Centers

Oregon State Building & Construction Trades Council: Contact information for regional councils. 

Apprenticeship Training Centers / Unions: Links to Apprenticeship Training Centers, Joint Apprenticeship Training Centers and Unions active in Oregon.

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