Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides opportunities for students to develop technical skills while still in high school and into college. Currently, federal Carl Perkins funds help guide the design for alignment and articulation between secondary and postsecondary CTE offerings. The essential elements of Oregon programs are listed below: 

Articulated ​Program ​Design

In the articulated program design, the goal is to connect secondary and postsecondary career technical education through a non-duplicative, sequential course of study that ensures students will gain both academic and technical knowledge and skills, which articulate to additional education and/or training. 

Curriculum Development

Through curriculum development, instruction and assessments, students are able to gain and demonstrate academic and career technical knowledge and skills. Curriculum, instruction and assessment are developed within the overall program design framework.

Professional ​Development

As a result of professional development, secondary and postsecondary staff are provided with the tools and training to support all students in career pathways, academic & career technical skills attainment, and successfully transitioning students into advanced education, training and employment. 

Equal ​Access

Every student, including those who are members of special populations, will have equal access to the full range of career technical education programs, including appropriate support services, needed to succeed.