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

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The vision of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department has four components.

The first is to provide every student with the resources and programs necessary to expand opportunities to explore, choose and follow career and technical education programs of study and career pathways to complete a credential  relevant to the regional workforce demands provided to us by industry partners.

Second, CTE will provide accountability through transparent processes and data-driven decision-making for CTE programs and economic development.

Third, CTE will provide campus and community-wide outreach efforts towards special populations and non-traditional students.

Fourth, CTE will strengthen connections between secondary and post-secondary education.

Strategic Priorities

Career and Technical Education's strategic priorities align with UVU's Vision 2030 plan.  Each component of our priorities aligns directly with one or more of the three strategies from the Vision 2030 plan which includes: Achieve, Include and Engage.

A. Community College Mission

  • Identify and expand skilled CTE programs to meet regional workforce needs (Engage A&B)
  • Maintain and improve skilled CTE programs viability to meet industry standards (Engage A&B)
  • Champion CTE faculty professional development to encourage relevant curriculum (Achieve B & Engage A)
  • Expand opportunities to increase resources for CTE programs (Achieve B)
  • Provide industry relevant educational experiences for CTE students that lead to high-demand careers. (Achieve B)


B. Programs of Study


C. Outreach

  • Support special/underrepresented populations (Include B)
  • Increase non-traditional student enrollments (Include B)
  • Promote retention, completion and placement of CTE students (Achieve B)
  • Expand and maintain communication with internal and external stakeholders (Include B)
  • Share outreach information across the state to increase student enrollments in CTE programs (Achieve B, Include B, Engage A&C)


D. Data and Assessment


E. Accountability

  • Align with the provision of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins V)
  • Maintain compliance with Federal statutes and regulations, including state/local laws, and university policies and procedures
  • Invest funds directly to identified needs and cost objectives
  • Ensure that expenditures are reasonable and necessary, allowable, allocable to the Federal law and properly allocated.
  • Maintain accountability over property and other assets.