This year’s Excellence in Action award winners, spanning 11 Career Clusters® from nine states, represent some of the best Career Technical Education (CTE) programs in the country. These high-quality programs serve students in communities ranging from rural Michigan to the bustling metro area of Salt Lake City, Utah, providing all students – no matter their race or income – with a world-class education. While each of the programs is unique, they all offer a rigorous sequence of courses beginning with foundational skills and ending in subject-matter mastery; real-world, hands-on experiences in the classroom led by dedicated educators; and meaningful work-based experiences facilitated by industry partners. The programs boast not only stellar industry partnerships but also partnerships with other educational institutions that support seamless transitions from secondary into postsecondary.
These programs are backed up by compelling data demonstrating impressive graduation rates, credential attainment, dual enrollment completion and work-based learning participation and glowing letters of recommendation. These programs are preparing their students for a lifetime of career success.