State Model Programs of Study
The current State Model Programs of Study to be implemented through the 2022-2023 school year can be found on this website.
The following information relates to the updated State Model Programs of Study to be implemented beginning in the 2023-2024 school year:
Nebraska Career & Technical Education (CTE) delivers coordinated, relevant learning opportunities that engage each student in high-quality, rigorous education. These opportunities are enhanced by partnerships with business and industry, workforce, and economic development leaders, allowing learners to turn their passion, talents, and strengths into successful careers and fulfilling lives.
Aligning CTE Programs is a strategic priority of Nebraska CTE. State Model Program of Studies are developed to:
- Assist secondary schools in creating meaningful sequences of courses that adequately prepare individuals for seamless transitions to postsecondary education and careers eliminating duplication of coursework;
- Assist students in identifying appropriate courses for high school and postsecondary education that lead to their chosen career;
- Encourage collaboration between secondary and postsecondary education through curriculum alignment;
- Offer opportunities for high-quality workplace experiences aligned to students’ career interests;
- Promote the advancement of early postsecondary opportunities (including dual-credit courses) for all students; and
- Support postsecondary education options for students to further prepare them for successful transitions to their future careers.
Select a career field below to view the Programs of Study.
The Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Career Field area provides opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of topics such as animal science, plant and soil science, agribusiness, food products, and processing, power, structural, and technical systems, leadership, and personal development, biotechnology, and environmental and natural resources.
Stacie Turnbull, Ph.D.
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Field Specialist
The Business, Marketing, and Management Career Field Area provides opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of topics in areas such as financial literacy, business technologies, communication, business, and consumer law, entrepreneurship, accounting, economics, personal finance, financial services marketing, retailing, fashion marketing/merchandising, international marketing, sports, and entertainment marketing, global business, and hospitality and tourism.
Business, Marketing, and Management Career Field Specialist
State DECA Advisor
Communication and Information Systems Career Field Area provides opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of topics in areas such as computer science, information technology, e-commerce, advertising, public relations, commercial photography, journalism, graphic design, broadcasting, scriptwriting, radio/TV production, business technology applications, web design, interactive media, and networking.
Communication and Information Systems Career Field Specialist
State FBLA Advisor
Health Sciences Career Field Area provides opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of topics in areas such as biotechnology research and development, behavioral health, diagnostic services, health informatics, supportive services, therapeutic services, and life span performance.
Health Sciences Career Field Specialist
Human Sciences and Education Career Field Area provides opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of topics in areas such as family and consumer sciences, education and training, government and public administration, counseling and mental health, food and nutrition science, health and wellness, housing and interior design, human growth and development, early childhood education, personal relationships, textiles and apparel design, culinary arts, hospitality and tourism, family and community services, merchandising, and law, public safety, and security.
Human Sciences and Education Career Field Specialist
Skilled and Technical Sciences Field Area provides opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of topics in areas such as architectural and design drafting, construction, electricity/electronics, home maintenance, welding, manufacturing, engineering, energy, technical education, and transportation, distribution, and logistics.
Skilled and Technical Sciences Career Field Specialist
Program of Study Revision Process
In July of 2018, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) was signed into law, which reauthorized the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). Perkins V maintains a focus on Programs of Study as the primary delivery model for CTE. Programs of Study are coordinated, non-duplicative sequences of academic and technical content at the secondary and postsecondary levels that are aligned with the needs of industries in Nebraska’s economy, progress in specificity, have multiple entry and exit points that incorporate credentialing, and culminate in the attainment of a recognized postsecondary credential. Nebraska’s CTE Program of Study provides a framework for teaching and learning in a given career field area.
In January of 2021 and in response to the strategic priorities outlined in Nebraska’s Perkins V State Plan, business and industry leaders and postsecondary educators were engaged to inform and recommend any needed updates or revisions to the existing Programs of Study to ensure alignment with the needs of Nebraska’s evolving workforce. These recommendations were then taken under consideration as groups of educators met to identify and carry out needed revisions. The updated Programs of Study and course standards were released in December 2021.
Stakeholder Engagement Reports
Futuring Panel Trends Report
Futuring panels (focus groups) were invited and selected by each career field leader and investigated the skills and future needs within specific industries. These meetings were facilitated by MBA Research, a non-profit operated by a consortium of state education departments dedicated to supporting educators in the preparation of students for careers. During these meetings, business and industry representatives identified trends and issues within their industries, reviewed/validated career readiness skills, and identified implications for quality work-based learning.
Work-Based Learning Landscape Analysis
Partnering with the Nebraska Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Education, TNTP completed a Work-Based Learning Landscape Analysis, using quantitative and qualitative techniques to analyze the current Nebraska Career and Technical Education Standards Revision Process approach to work-based learning (WBL) in Nebraska—identifying strengths, barriers, and existing resources. In the resulting report, TNTP shared their analysis and highlighted concrete steps to give more students in our state access to high-quality WBL. Significant findings include the need to improve equitable access, expand student awareness, and provide ease of tracking participation.