An ACTE White Paper

Equity & Access in Career Development

This ACTE authored white paper “Leveraging Career Development Services to Expand Student Engagement in Career and Technical Education” highlights innovative practices—aligned to the ACTE Framework—that CTE educators nationwide are using to improve middle and high school students’ career knowledge and promote access and equity in CTE.

This white paper covers three root causes of inequity connected to career development:

  • Youth and families’ misunderstanding of the benefits of CTE
  • Systemic barriers to student participation and persistence
  • A lack of career knowledge and planning information to motivate student engagement

“Given its labor force ramifications, all students should have options to participate in CTE regardless of their gender, race/ethnicity or special population status. Once enrolled, students should be provided services and supports that are free from bias, inclusive and non-discriminatory to encourage them to persist.”

Download the white paper today to dive deeper into each of the 3 root causes, discover available resources, and get actionable solutions.

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