To help clarify the association between Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Registered Apprenticeship (RA), the National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education (NCICTE) undertook a systematic review of the programmatic, administrative, and financial policies that six states—Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Washington—have developed to link the two programs. 

Researchers identified these states based on input from OA and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). Study activities were directed at answering the following research questions:

  • What are the program features that define states’ efforts to align secondary CTE programs with RA—including information related to curriculum development and delivery, options for WBL participation, student recruitment, transition to postsecondary education and employment, and the scale and scope of program offerings?
  • What program supports exist at the state and local levels to promote system coordination between secondary CTE and RA programs—including the roles of state agencies and other key partners, state legislation and administrative policies governing program operations, employer and parental engagement, financing, and the collection of data?