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 34+ year history.

The original National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE) was located at The Ohio State University from 1978-1988. NCRVE then moved to the University of California, Berkeley, where it resided from 1988-1999. In 1999, the Center was split in two—the Research Center contract was awarded to a consortium of universities and agencies under the leadership of the University of Minnesota, and the Dissemination Center contract 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 National Research Center for Career and Technical Education that included the functions of research, technical assistance, professional development, and dissemination. Since 2007, the NRCCTE has been led by the University of Louisville in partnership with a consortium of the foremost institutions and organizations involved in CTE today.