Curriculum for Careers

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To increase student achievement and prepare students for life-long success, the Nebraska Career Education (NCE) mission, in alignment with the Nebraska Department of Education, recommends a career development process that begins in the elementary grades and continues throughout the lifespan. This career development process includes awareness, exploration, preparation, application culminating in life-long career management.

The Nebraska Career Education Model provides a common vision and common language for all statewide partners as they work together to impact global economic competitiveness of Nebraska in the 21st Century. This model–used by Nebraska business, industry, education, government agencies, and private partners–serves as the curriculum framework for enabling students to explore potential learning, earning, and living goals.

The Middle School Career Exploration Course includes the elements of career exploration, the use of career information, recommended extended learning, and the development of a Personal Learning Plan. While exploring all 16 career clusters, students will:

  • Understand how essential knowledge and skills apply to each cluster
  • Have opportunities to practice these essential knowledge and skills through career exploration actitities
  • Examine entrance requirements for a wide variety of post-secondary options
  • Learn to locate and use up-to-date career information that connects curriculum to relevant careers
  • Experience extended learning opportunities that bring relevance and real-world context to the curriculum
  • Develop Personal Learning Plans which serve as flexible and relevant plans of study for high school graduation and for seamless transition to post-secondary options.

This curriculum focuses on the unique academic, personal, and social needs of middle school learners, providing opportunities for them to explore career clusters while developing foundational knowledge and skills applicable to all career fields. Our goal was to include engaging opportunities for students to discover career possibilities and how these possibilities align with their personal goals and interests.

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Marketing Your CTE Program

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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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NCE Perkins Management Guide



February 1  Intent to Participate/Programs of Study Forms Due

May 30 Amendment submissions to the 2017-2018 Perkins Basic Grant due

June 30 NSSRS Data Submission for the Programs Fact:Career Education and Post School Survey due

TBD Local Application for Perkins Basic Grant due to NDE

July 1 Grant 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 15  2017-2018 Perkins Final Narrative Report and FInal Claim due to NDE

October 1 Amended Grant Award Notification for the full annual allocation becomes available online to LEA if final report, performance measures data, and final claims have been received and approved by NDE. Check the GMS to obtain the latest Grant Award Notification.


Reimbursement Requests: Reimbursement requests are made through the GMS. Requests for reimbursements can be for up to 75% of the entire grant before the final report information is required. Claims over 50% of the Grant Award Notification require financial documentation to be included with the claim.

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Habitudes for Career Ready Students

Habitudes for CRS

Free Resources

“Why Career Readiness?” Lesson Plan

Habitudes for Career Ready Students Poster (11×17)

Community Engagement Flyer

Growing Leaders Habitudes Order Request Flyer

Student Handout: Connecting Habitudes to Career Readiness Standards

Habitudes for Career Ready Students – FAQ for Teachers

Aligning Habitudes to Standards Flashcards:

To Request a Habitudes Training, Contact:

Kristin Vest or Sydney Kobza
402-471-4814 or 402-471-4818

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Career Readiness Toolkit

CR Toolkit

College and Career Readiness Toolkit

NEW! “Why Career Readiness?” Lesson Plan
NEW! Community Engagement Flier
Habitudes for Career Ready Students Webpage
Nebraska Career Readiness Standards
Alignment: Nebraska Career Readiness Standards
Poster (17×22): Nebraska Career Readiness Standards
Nebraska Career Readiness Standards Checklist

Video: Nebraska Career Readiness Standards

NEW! VIDEO: Reality Check: Guiding Your Children to Career Success (HD) / (Mobile) / (SD)

NEW! Reality Check: Guiding Your Children to Career Success (Parent Flyer PDF)

Nebraska Career Tours: Teacher Discussion Guides

Nebraska Career Tours Website
About This Project

Agriculture, Food, + Natural Resources
Architecture + Construction
Health Sciences
Information Technology
Science, Technology, Engineering, + Mathematics
Transportation, Distribution, + Logistics

Related Links

Career Readiness Modules (DOL | DED | NDE)
Soft Skills to Pay the Bills — Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success
ENGAGE! Career Readiness and Exploration

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CTE Logos

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Not finding what you need? Contact the NCE Marketing and Communications Coordinator:


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Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)

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 Readiness Standards

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“A career ready person capitalizes on personal strengths, talents, education and experiences to bring value to the workplace and the community through his/her performance, skill, diligence, ethics and responsible behavior.”

— Definition of career readiness adopted by the Nebraska State Board of Education on May 5, 2010.

Nebraska Career Readiness Standards

The Nebraska Career Readiness Standards describe varieties of expertise that educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students. These standards rest on important “practices and proficiencies” with long-standing importance in career education. These standards and related practices are not limited to formal CTE programs nor to the middle school or high school level. Rather, these standards and practices should be used over and over again with increasing complexity and relevance by students as they progress through their educational pathway. The standards themselves do not dictate curriculum, pedagogy or delivery of content. Schools and colleges may handle the teaching and assessing of these standards in many different ways.

The Nebraska Career Readiness Standards were derived from extensive input from business and industry representatives expressing the most critical skills needed for employee and/or entrepreneur success. The standards were developed in conjunction with the National Career Clusters Framework. The Career Cluster Framework has been developed over the past decade with input from national business and industry committees representing the 16 comprehensive Career Clusters. In short, the Nebraska Career Readiness Standards provide a valid source of workplace expectations for all students to be career ready.

Nebraska Career Readiness Standards

— Unanimously adopted by the Nebraska State Board of Education on December 8, 2011.

Alignment: Career Readiness Standards

— Produced in collaboration with the North Central Comprehensive Center and the Standards Team Analysts at McREL.

Poster (17×22): Nebraska Career Readiness Standards

Nebraska Career Readiness Standards Checklist

Video: Nebraska Career Readiness Standards

The Nebraska Career Readiness Standards are an outgrowth of the Nebraska Summit on Career Readiness held November 3rd and 4th, 2009 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Detailed report of the Nebraska Summit on Career Readiness

The career ready individual…


1. Applies appropriate academic and technical skills


2. Communicates effectively and appropriately


3. Contributes to employer and community success


4. Makes sense of problems and perseveres in solving them


5. Uses critical thinking


6. Demonstrates innovation and creativity


7. Models ethical leadership and effective management


8. Works productively in teams and demonstrates cultural competency


9. Utilizes technology


10. Manages personal career development


11. Attends to personal and financial well-being


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Nebraska Career Education

Nebraska Career Education is a system that:

  • Emphasizes career development through career awareness, exploration and preparation
  • Offers world-class secondary Career Technical Education Programs of Study that provide seamless transition to post-secondary education
  • Promotes expanded learning opportunities for students through components such as Workplace Experiences and Career and Technical Student Organizations
  • Supports professional development for school counselors, teachers and administrators
  • Fosters essential partnerships that link CTE in schools and colleges with business and industry, workforce, economic development and government agencies

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