About CTE

Mission Statement: The Career and Technical Education department at Utah Valley University supports and provides opportunities for students to acquire and use high-quality career and technical skills. Through engaged and focused skill attainment, students prepare for meaningful employment in a competitive and global workforce.

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What is CTE?

CTE prepares secondary, postsecondary, and adult students with technical, academic and employability skills for success in the workplace and in further education.

Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act

PURPOSE. The purpose of this Act is to develop more fully the academic knowledge and technical and employability skills of secondary education students and postsecondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs and programs of study, by—

  • building on the efforts of States and localities to develop challenging academic and technical standards and to assist students in meeting such standards, including preparation for high skill, high wage, or in-demand occupations in current or emerging professions;
  • promoting the development of services and activities that integrate rigorous and challenging academic and career and technical instruction, and that link secondary education and postsecondary education for participating career and technical education students;
  • increasing State and local flexibility in providing services and activities designed to develop, implement, and improve career and technical education;
  • conducting and disseminating national research and disseminating information on best practices that improve career and technical education programs and programs of study, services, and activities;
  • providing technical assistance that—
    • promotes leadership, initial preparation, and professional development at the State and local levels; and
    • improves the quality of career and technical education teachers, faculty, administrators, and counselors;
  • supporting partnerships among secondary schools, postsecondary institutions, baccalaureate degree granting institutions, area career and technical education schools, local workforce investment boards, business and industry, and intermediaries;
  • providing individuals with opportunities throughout their lifetimes to develop, in conjunction with other education and training programs, the knowledge and skills needed to keep the United States competitive; and
  • increasing the employment opportunities for populations who are chronically unemployed or underemployed, including individuals with disabilities, individuals from economically disadvantaged families, out-of-workforce individuals, youth who are in, or have aged out of, the foster care system, and homeless individuals.

As Amended Through P.L. 116-6, Enacted February 15, 2019

SEC. 2. ø20 U.S.C. 2301¿

About Us

Career and Technical Education programs at UVU are designed to prepare students for employment in high-demand and higher-paying career fields. The entry point into a high-paying job can happen with just an Associate of Science, an Associate of Applied Science, Diploma or Certificate in any of the approved Career & Technical Education programs.

The department of Career and Technical Education coordinates and promotes initiatives to develop more fully the academic, career and technical skills of secondary education students. Additional initiatives support the transition of post-secondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs and efforts for strategic workforce development.

CTE Organization

Meet the Team

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The vision of the Career and Technical Education Department has three components. The first is to provide students with the resources and programs necessary to complete a certificate, credential or diploma relevant to the regional workforce demands provided to us by industry partners.

Second, CTE will administer a transparent process to distribute resources to support faculty and students in relevant programs of study.

Third, CTE will provide campus and community wide informational outreach efforts of CTE inclusive engagement. The goal is to create and strengthen connections between secondary and post-secondary education, as well as, awareness and understanding of the unique educational mission delivered through Utah Valley University.

Fourth, Accountability standards include cost objectives, internal controls, and data to demonstrate successful strategies for both program improvement and economic development.

Strategic Priorities

A. Promote the Community College Mission

  • Identify and Expand programs to meet regional workforce needs (Engage B)
  • Maintain and improve program viability to meet industry standards (Engage B)
  • Champion faculty professional development to encourage relevant curriculum (Achieve D & Engage C)
  • Research and expand opportunities for increased resources (Achieve A)
  • Provide a Relevant Experience to CTE Students that Lead to High-Demand Careers. (Achieve)


B. Career Pathways


C. Outreach

  • Support Special/Underrepresented Populations (Include C)
  • Increase Non-Traditional Students Enrollment (Include C)
  • Support Efforts that Promote Retention, Completion and Placement of CTE Students(Achieve B&D)
  • Expand and Maintain Communication to Internal and External Stakeholders (Include C&D)
  • Share Outreach Information across the state to increase student participation in Career and Technical Programs. (Achieve B, Include C, Engage A&C)


D. Data and Assessment

  • Collect, Analyze and Report Enrollment, and Completion Data (Achieve B&D, Include C&D)
  • Assess and report Perkins Target Indicators Performance (Achieve B)
  • Ensure Relevant and Consistent Data to drive Decision Making
  • Contribute to regional Consortium Assessment


E. Accountability

  • Demonstrate compliance with Federal statues, regulations, and the terms and conditions
  • Invest funds directly to identified needs and cost objectives
  • Ensuring that expenditures are reasonable, allowable and properly allocated.
  • Maintain accountability over funds, property and other assets.