CTE Definitions

Below are definitions and descriptions for the most commonly used terms in CTE data and data reporting. 

 

Career Cluster


A career cluster is an organizing structure of career areas with similar skills or common themes based on industry groupings at all educational levels. Sixteen career clusters areas exist within the Nebraska Career Education model.

Career Field


Six broad groupings of 16 different career cluster areas based on commonalities among clusters.

Concentrator


Secondary: A career education concentrator is a student in grades 9-12 who has earned credit in three (3) or more one semester-long courses within a single career cluster.

Postsecondary: A postsecondary student who:

  1. has earned at least 12 academic or CTE semester credits (18 quarter credits) within a single CTE program sequence that is comprised of 12 or more academic and technical semester credits (18 quarter credits) that ultimately results in an award of an industry-recognized credential, a certificate, diploma, or degree; OR

  2. has completed a short-term CTE program sequence of less than 12 semester credits (18 quarter credits) that ultimately results in an industry recognized credential, a certificate, diploma, or degree.

*Note: This does not include non-credit certification programs.

Concentrator with Postsecondary


A secondary career education concentrator who has also completed a course associated with postsecondary education. There are several options, including dual credit, concurrent credit, articulated credit, or some other designation provided through a postsecondary institution.

Participant


Secondary: A career education participant is a student in grades 7-12 who has earned credit in at least one career and technical education course during the school year. Students may participate in more than one career area.

Postsecondary: A postsecondary student who has earned one (1) or more credits in a 1.5 or 2.0 weighted course in any CTE program area.

Participant with Postsecondary


A secondary career education participant who has also completed a course associated with postsecondary education. There are several options, including dual credit, concurrent credit, articulated credit, or some other designation provided through a postsecondary institution.

Perkins Performance Indicators


The Performance Indicator framework was developed by the United States Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), in cooperation with the United States Department of Labor and stakeholder organizations to achieve two major objectives:  (1) to create a common reference format to discuss the components of Perkins accountability and, (2) to establish performance measurement approaches for the Performance Indicators. Click here to learn more about these indicators, including goals, outcome performance, and measurement approaches. 

Program of Study


A program of study is a sequence of at least three (3) semester-long career education courses in a given career cluster that prepares students for postsecondary education and entry into a career area of personal choice. For more information about Nebraska’s State Model Programs of Study, please visit our Career Education Standards website