About the NRCCTE

Mission and Vision

 An Introduction to the National Research Center for Career and Technical EducationLearn more about mission and vision of the NRCCTE at SREB in this video, filmed on location with teachers and students participating in Math-in-CTE and Literacy-in-CTE at Helena High School, Helena, Montana, and with NRCCTE staff. The video describes our approach to revitalizing the field of CTE through high-quality research and professional development that give people the tools they need to make good decisions about their programs, curricula, and instruction.

The NRCCTE is committed to providing evidence-based solutions to the most vexing problems confronting CTE today, including how to better engage students in the school experience; how to improve academic as well as technical achievement; and how to improve the transition of college and career ready young people from high school to continuing education beyond high school.

To this end, the NRCCTE carries out scientifically based research and evaluation of methods to improve

  • the integration of CTE with academic instruction
  • the integration of secondary and postsecondary CTE
  • the use of education technology and distance learning
  • the transition of CTE participants to high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations
  • the use of state-adjusted levels of performance to improve CTE programs and student achievement

History of the NRCCTE

The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) is the nation’s primary agent for research in the broad field of CTE and a primary source of professional development and technical assistance for CTE professionals, particularly at state and local leadership levels.

Federally funded by a succession of acts bearing the name of Kentucky’s great Congressional representative, Carl D. Perkins—a keen champion of the under-privileged and supporter of education, particularly career and technical education—the Center has resided in a number of prominent institutions over its 35+ year history.

The original National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE) was located at The Ohio State University from 1978-1988. NCRVE  was awarded to a consortium of universities led by the University of California, Berkeley, where it resided from 1988-1999. In 1999.  For the next competition, the Center was split in two—the Research Center was awarded to a consortium of universities and agencies under the leadership of the University of Minnesota, and the Dissemination Center was awarded to a consortium of partners under the leadership of The Ohio State University.

In 2006, Perkins IV authorized the creation of a single, grant-supported National Research Center for Career and Technical Education that included the functions of research, technical assistance, professional development, and dissemination. For the funding period 2007-2012, the NRCCTE was led by the University of Louisville in partnership with a consortium of the foremost institutions and organizations involved in CTE today.

For a more complete history of federal support for a grant-funded CTE research center, see:

Lewis, M.V. & Stone, J.R. III (2013). Origins, Chronology, and Current Status of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education: 1963-2011. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Development., 25(2).