The State Board of Education has adopted career and technical education (CTE) standards for high school and middle school CTE programs. The CTE standards correspond to each of the six service areas and are required for Iowa schools offering CTE programs. The six service areas include: agriculture, food and natural resources; applied sciences, technology, engineering, and manufacturing; business, finance, marketing and management; health science; human services; and information solutions.
The Iowa Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education Bureau developed these specific model programs as a starting point for school districts, new teachers and other educational stakeholders to view program examples that may serve as guideposts for new program implementation with fidelity.
These model programs are not to take the place of high achieving CTE programming that is in compliance with current state and federal operation requirements, but rather to be best utilized by districts looking to create additional pathways or make updates to existing ones. Model programs may also be helpful to advisory committees when looking to make suggestions to course alignment.
The Iowa CTE model programs include foundational CTE courses, pathway specific example courses, and post secondary community college courses for a complete roadmap to program success. Also embedded into these model program documents are examples of aligned career and technical student organization activities and work based learning experiences.
Please remember that these model programs are to be used as guideposts only. Please continue to analyze labor market data and solicit feedback from advisory committees, as well as other stakeholders on a local level to determine need and program specific coursework.