Career and Technical Education

Vision Statement

All Nevadans ready for success in the 21st century.

    Mission Statement

    To improve student achievement and educator effectiveness by ensuring opportunities, facilitating learning, and promoting excellence.


      Programs are organized into the following areas: (1) Agriculture and Natural Resources; (2) Business and Marketing Education; (3) Health Sciences and Public Safety; (4) Hospitality, Human Services and Education; (5) Information and Media Technologies; and (6) Skilled and Technical Sciences. Within each program area the individual programs are then aligned to their appropriate career cluster.

      Middle School CTE

      CTE standards for middle school are provided for districts that choose to offer career and technical education in middle school. The standards are for each of the six programs areas of (1) Agriculture and Natural Resources; (2) Business and Marketing Education; (3) Education, Hospitality and Human Services; (4) Health Science and Public Safety; (5) Information and Media Technologies; and (6) Skilled and Technical Sciences. The standards can be covered in one semester course, except for the area of Skilled and Technical Sciences, which covers two semesters. The standards are designed for students in grade levels 6th through 8th.

      Middle school CTE course names and descriptions are forthcoming for the 2020-2021 school year.

      Program Resources, Documents, and Publications

      The CTE program resources page provides a variety of documents for Nevada’s public and charter schools to design, implement, and assess their CTE programs and curriculum. Some resources include: CTE Course Catalog, CTE Program Directory, Advisory Committee Handbook, Quality Program Standards, Academic Credit for CTE Courses, and Career & Technical Student Organizations, etc.

      Career Guidance

      Career Guidance is an integral part of each student’s academic experience. Nevada’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program has adopted the America School Counseling Association (ASCA) Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College and Career-Readiness Standards for Every Student (NAC 389.187). The ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors are organized in three broad domains: academic, career, and social/emotional development. CTE includes the social/emotional development measurement in the assessment of CTE students’ Employability Skills Standards. (Paragraph (d) of Subsection 1 of NAC 389.800)

      CTE Assessments

      There are two types of CTE Assessments. The Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment measures student proficiency in the Employability Skills for Career Readiness state standards. The End-of-Program Technical Assessments are program specific and measure the skill attainment of students who have completed a program course sequence. These assessments are aligned to the state standards and are required by the Nevada Administrative Code 389.800.

      CTE College Credit

      CTE College Credit is awarded to students based on articulation agreements established by each college for the CTE program, where the colleges will determine the credit value of a full high school CTE program based on course alignment. An articulation agreement will be established for each CTE program designating the number of articulated credits each college will award to students who complete the program.


      Accountability puts together required reports and other information as requested; Keeps track of secondary and post-secondary enrollment, performance, and CTE program information; Works closely with other NDE accountability groups.

      Grants Administration

      Funding for local agencies is available annually through state and federal funds. Federal funding is provided by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. Grant application guidelines, budget forms, uses of funds guidance, and more is provided for users on the Grants Administration page.

      Federal Compliance

      Nevada recipients and sub-recipients of federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education are bound by federally mandated and regulated statutes to follow civil rights requirements in vocational programs.