CoLab – Equity in Online CTE Programming

World Education’s National College Transition Network and EdTech Center are collaborating with the Urban Institute and four national partners, including the National Council for Workforce Education, to launch the “CTE CoLab” in response to equity gaps in delivery of high-quality credit-bearing online career and technical education (CTE) programs.

New research published by Urban Institute identifies opportunities for online CTE programs to better address the needs of their students and advance equitable outcomes.  Completion rates for CTE programs are low overall, and even lower for students of color who have long faced systemic inequalities and challenges accessing and completing high-quality credit-bearing CTE programs.

Building on this work, the CTE CoLab, funded by ECMC Foundation, will convene a College Community of Practice (CCP) of community and technical colleges to build knowledge, center equity in program goals and delivery, and develop and share resources to improve education and career outcomes in online CTE programming.

The CoLab is inviting CTE programs to apply to participate in peer learning, coaching, and research-informed technical assistance, with the goal of authoring and implementing equity-centered action plans. Through this work, the CTE CoLab will develop resources to support and build the field and collaborate with colleges in making their CTE programming more inclusive and accessible.  World Education will lead professional learning and technical assistance for the selected colleges. The initiative concludes Spring of 2023.

Learn more and apply.