1999-2005 Nebraska State Plan

Career Cluster Document

2006 Transition State Plan

Career Readiness Summit
2007 FutureForce Synthesis

RTAM Workshop for Perkins 2014-15 video

Accountability Focus/Dissemination-Presentation
January 16, 2008


It is the policy of the Nebraska Department of Education not to discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, color, religion, marital status, age or national origin in its educational programs, admission policies, employment, or other agency programs.
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Nontraditional & Special Populations

Nontraditional Occupations or fields of work are occupations in which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of the total individuals employed in each such occupation or field of work. Examples include careers in computer science, technology and other emerging high skill occupations.

Research Study – 2009

  • Strategic Plan for Overcoming Barriers to Career Education (PDF)
  • Career Education Status of Special Populations in Nebraska Public Secondary Schools and Community Colleges (PDF)


  • Career Education Plans and Obstacles: A Survey of 9th and 12th Grade Nebraska High School Students (PDF)
  • Career Education Plans and Obstacles: A Survey of Nebraska Community College Students (PDF)
  • Overcoming Barriers to Career Education Survey Form (PDF)
  • Overcoming Barriers to Nontraditional Occupation Career Paths for Girls Survey Form (PDF)
  • Career Plans Survey 9th Grade Survey Form (PDF)
  • Career Plans Survey 12th Grade Survey Form (PDF)
  • Career Plans Survey Community College Student Survey Form (PDF)

Juvenile Corrections Grant



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reVISION is a year-long process that provides Nebraska schools with the opportunity to analyze and transform their current career education systems in order to improve their ability to educate a qualified workforce that meets industry needs within an ever-changing economy. Working in collaboration with postsecondary education and regional workforce/economic development leaders, the reVISION process links career educators, school administrators, school counselors, and industry professionals. Under the leadership of the Nebraska Department of Education and in partnership with the Nebraska Departments of Labor and Economic Development, the reVISION process is a strategic approach for schools to analyze their current career education system and make plans, as needed, for adjustments.

2017-2018 reVISION Initial Grant Recipients!

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 reVISION Initial Grant award recipients! We look forward to working with each of you throughout this year! 

Arapahoe Public Schools

Brady Public Schools

Central City Public Schools

David City Public Schools

ESU 01

Riverside Public Schools

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller Schools

Tri County Public Schools

reVISION has been awarding grants since 2011. Learn about past grant recipients (coming soon)

Important Dates and Application Information 

  • February 5, 2018: Application Available 
  • May 1, 2018: Applications Due by 5:00pm CST 
  • June 15, 2018: Award Notification 
  • July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019: Grant Award Year 

Click here to find out more about the reVISION grant program, including types of grants, eligibility,  selection criteria, and FAQ. 

In the News!

Rural communities often face unique challenges associated with improving the quality of CTE programming. Check out reVISION as a featured program addressing this issue from AdvanceCTE! Download the article here


Learn More 

For more information, contact: 

Katie Graham
Deputy State Director, Career Education


The reVISION grant program is made possible through reserve funds from the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 and statewide leadership funds. 



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Professional Development Opportunities

For NCE Educators

Nebraska Career Education Beginning Teacher Institute
Nebraska Career Education Conference
Nebraska Career Education Leadership Academy

For All Educators


For NCE Career Field Leaders

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources IMPACT Workshops
Business, Marketing and Management Standards Workshops
Communication and Information Systems Standards Workshops
Health Sciences Workshops
Human Sciences and Education (FCS) Workshops

For Nebraska School Counselors

Nebraska School Counseling Academy – TBA

2016 NCE Professional Learning Survey Results

2016 NCE Professional Learning Survey Results

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Marketing Your CTE Program

The Association for Career and Technical Education does not endorse
any third-party statements or techniques in particular—for details,
please contact


What is CTE Month®?
CTE (Career and Technical Education) Month is a public awareness campaign that takes place each year in February.  It is a great opportunity to celebrate Career and Technical Education and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across Nebraska and the U.S. Led by a variety of CTE groups and spearheaded by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), the month is organized around a tagline. CTE Month 2017, with its tagline of “Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!,” gives you the chance to inform others of the innovation and excellence that exists within your local CTE programs and raise awareness of the crucial role that CTE plays in readying our students for careers and our nation for economic success.

How Can YOU Raise Awareness for CTE Month?
This is YOUR chance to raise awareness of your work and that of other CTE educators.  Engage all your stakeholders in the CTE conversation, from students to policymakers. Your target audiences want to know about local CTE programs as well as statewide programs.  Refine your messages to reflect that!

Resources have been developed by Nebraska Career Education, the Association for Career and Technical Education, and AdvanceCTE to help local Career and Technical educators develop and conduct activities that promote the benefits of CTE, success stories, and program achievements during CTE Month.

Share your CTE Month Activities
CTE Month is your opportunity to celebrate all things Career and Technical Education (CTE). Nebraska Career Education would love to hear about and highlight what’s happening in your community, keeping in mind this year’s theme, “Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow.”

Please send a synopsis of any activities or initiatives you have planned – such as events, video contests, awards programs, open houses showcasing CTE, etc. We’d also love to collect any photos or materials you are planning to use to promote CTE month you may have to share. 

We are partnering with the Association for Career and Technical Education Nebraska (ACTEN) and collaborating with partners to get the word out about CTE via as many communication channels as possible throughout the month. 

This is a great opportunity for you to highlight what you are doing in your community, so please feel free to share any resources and activities with us at your convenience.

Send your photos and CTE Month stories and best practices to:

Gregg Christensen
Entrepreneurship and Career Education Specialist
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE  68509-4987
402.471.4565 (fax)


2017 CTE Month PowerPoint Template
Use this PowerPoint template to provide your stakeholders an overview of Nebraska’s Career Education System and promote the great work happening in your area.

Nebraska Career Education Model and System Overview (NCE Primer)
Learn about the incredible things happening throughout Nebraska in Career Education.

Nebraska Career Education At-A-Glance: Data and Research
Showcase Nebraska’s CTE student population and their performance in multiple areas.

Nebraska Career Education Programs of Study 2016-2017
View the current State Model Programs of Study in Nebraska for all six career fields.

Identify helpful ways to tell your story and how it relates to the vision and mission of Nebraska Career Education.

How can I get involved in CTE Month?
Capitalize on the many opportunities educators, students, administrators, counselors, parents, and businesses have to get involved during CTE month.

Communicating with the Media
Tell your story about the innovation and leadership in your CTE classrooms during CTE Month.

Engaging Policymakers
Engage your elected representatives, including mayors, city managers, county executives, state legislators, governors, and Congress.

Working with Business and Industry Leaders
Engage with business leaders in your area during CTE Month to strengthen the mutually beneficial partnership between business/industry and education.

CTE Month Success Stories
See how other educational institutions, businesses, and governments all over the country held events during CTE Month in 2016.

CTE Month Calendar
View the Association of Career and Technical Education’s (ACTE) calendar for a list of their partner organizations who will hold their own outreach events during CTE Month 2017.

CTE Month 2017 Video PSA Contest
View ACTE’s CTE Month 2017 Video Public Service Announcement contest winners.

Nebraska Career Tours Flyer

Nebraska Career and Technical Student Organization CTE Month links (coming soon)

CTE Month 2017 logo (for download)

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Nebraska Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)


 The Center for Student Leadership

CTSO Professional Development Opportunities



DECA is organized around an ambitious goal: to improve education and career opportunities for students interested in careers in marketing, management and entrepreneurship.



FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) provides innovative leadership and career development programs for students interested in business administration, management, finance and information technology careers.



FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America)
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders; address personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. 

Educators Rising

Educarors Rising website

Educators Rising
Educators Rising is an organization that helps make sure teachers have the experience and skills they need to be ready for the classroom. Starting with high school students, we provide passionate young people with hands-on teaching experience, sustain their interest in the profession, and help them cultivate the skills they need to be successful educators. The result is a pipeline of accomplished teachers who are positioned to make a lasting difference — not only in the lives of their students, but also in the field of teaching more broadly.



FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.



HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)
HOSA is a national student organization that prepares health science students for careers as health professionals by developing leadership, compassion, character, and well being.



SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together
to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

Schools with Career Student Organizations

Specialty Support Programs

Integrated throughout the six career fields.

Data + Research + Analytics
Nontraditional and Special Populations
School Counseling and Career Guidance
Work-Based Learning

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Nebraska Career Academy Programs

Nebraska Career Academies

Nebraska Career Academy Programs

In 2012, the Nebraska Unicameral passed legislation requiring the Nebraska Department of Education to establish quality standards and operational guidelines for career academy programs in Nebraska secondary schools. The intent is to ensure quality career academy programs across the state and to establish an evaluative process to measure effectiveness of career academies.

Nebraska Career Academy Program Checklist
Nebraska Career Academy Program Implementation Guide
Nebraska Career Education and Career Academies Powerpoint

Nebraska Career Academy – Sample Marketing Materials
Nebraska Career Academy – Sample Application
Nebraska Career Academy – Sample Policies

These regulations, often referred to as Rule 47, define a career academy program as:
A sequence of credit-bearing academic and career technical courses which reflect a Career Cluster selected in response to local, regional or state employment needs and demand for expertise.

In developing Rule 47, the Nebraska Department of Education researched best practices from across the nation. In addition, the requirements addressed in Rule 47 are based on the work of the National Career Academy Coalition and their National Standards of Practice.

To view Rule 47 in its entirety, please visit:
Nebraska Department of Education: Rule 47
Regulations for Career Academy Programs Established by School Districts

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CTE Data and Research

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Data & Research website provides quick access to empirical information related to Career & Technical Education (CTE) in Nebraska, including resources on topics such as CTE student outcomes, data reporting and accountability, return on investment, and labor market information. 

Nebraska CTE Delivers! 

  • 72% of Nebraska’s students grades 7-12 participate in CTE annually! 
  • 99% of Nebraska’s CTE concentrators graduate high school!
  • Less than .01% of Nebraska’s CTE concentrators drop out of high school! 
  • 100% of Nebraska’s high schools offer CTE programs! 

Click here to learn more and download the latest infographic highlighting Nebraska CTE student performance outcomes. 

Important Dates & Deadlines

  •  June 15th – CTE Accountability Data Due 
  • June 15 – 30th – Data Audit Window
  • June 30th – Data Finalized
  •  October 15th – CTE Accountability Data Due
  • October 15 – 30th – Data Audit Window
  • November 1st  – Data Finalized 
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Calendars/Deadlines/Events 2018

DECA | Ed Rising | FBLA | FCCLA | FFA | HOSA | SkillsUSA | Future Dates


CTSO Professional Develeopment

Career Field Professional Development

February 1Intent to Participate in Perkins Funds deadline
June 30NSSRS Data Submission for the Programs Fact: Career Education and Post School Survey due
May 30Amendment submissions to the 2017-18 Perkins Grant Due
Sept 1Local Application for 2018-19 Perkins Basic Grant due to NDE
July 1Grant Award Notification (GAN) for ¼ of annual allocation will be available online after the local application from the local education agency (LEA) has been received at NDE and approved for funding by NCE administrative staff.
September 152017-18 Perkins Final Narrative Report and Final Claim due to NDE
October 1Amended Grant Award Notification for the full annual allocation becomes available online to LEA if a final report, performance measures data, and final claims have been received and approved by NDE. Please check the GMS to obtain the latest Grant Award Notification.
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