The New York State career and technical education program approval process is a model for the nation. The federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 requires that all states offer programs that mirror the New York design created by the Regents 2001 policy on Career and Technical Education.
New York’s state-approval process for career and technical education programs has raised the quality and rigor of courses that prepare students for employment and postsecondary study. Approved programs lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level, or an associate or baccalaureate degree and offer:
- an opportunity to apply academic concepts to real-world situations;
- preparation for industry-based assessments or certifications; and the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced standing while still in high school; and
- work-based learning opportunities where students demonstrate mastery of skills essential in the workplace.