Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in Illinois provide instruction for careers in high-wage, high-skill, and in-demand occupations. CTE programs continue to strengthen students' technical skills; articulate transitions to postsecondary programs, employment or both; assist in meeting the Illinois Learning Standards; and close achievement gaps.

News and Updates

The ISBE IWAS CTE Program of Study Approval system will open at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 2019. In preparation for the REQUIRED Perkins V Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA), ISBE needs to ensure that only approved public and charter secondary career and technical education (CTE) programs are being pulled into the IWAS CLNA system. This application will be completed by schools, area career centers, and EFE region centers that offer secondary CTE programs. Updates to this system will align to current CTE programs and courses being offered in the 2019-20 school year (FY 200) or that are offered on a rotational basis (e.g., every other year).


  1. The CTE Program of Study Approval system should only be accessed by Local Education Agencies offering or overseeing approved secondary CTE programs.
  2. Serving Schools, including Area Career Centers: The District Admin for school districts and area career centers will either complete the application for his/her respective entities or will grant access to School Users to complete this process. The EFE System will work with the schools, area career centers, and EFE region centers to make the necessary corrections to EFE-assigned CTE programs and courses in the Illinois State Course System.
  3. Please use this Guidance Document to help you complete the processPDF Document.
  4. Completed applications are due no later than Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

If you have programmatic questions or if there are issues with system functionality, please contact ISBE’s CTE and Innovation Department at (217) 524-4832 or​. If you have IWAS access issues, please call ISBE's Help Desk at (217) 558-3600.

Due to continued demand from EFE Directors and school districts throughout the state, we are planning on another printing of the 2019-20 ISBE Career Guide in late December.

Different uses to consider for both middle school and high school include:

  • CTE Awareness
  • Career Exploration
  • Open Houses
  • Counselor 1-1’s
  • Course Registration in January or February

The deadline is Friday, December 20th, 2019, and guides will be delivered to you no later than Friday, January 10th, 2020.

Similar to before, you may pay with a credit card at, or simply send in a purchase order to

Pricing starts at $2.50 per guide, with a minimum order of 250 copies, and goes down based on quantities ordered. Find the pricing overview here​PDF Document.

Join us for the 90th Annual IACTE Conference on February 13-14, 2020, at the Bloomington Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

Registration is Now Open!

Take advantage of early bird registration rates between now and December 15, 2019! Registration for the 90th Annual IACTE Conference, Building Careers for 90 Years!, is now open. This conference is an excellent professional development event geared toward career and technical educators.


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Professional Development

Many on-site professional development topics are available to educational entities upon request. Professional development workshops range in length from 3 hours to multiple days with topics ranging from a simple survey of resources to in-depth implementation activities of those resources. All workshops are hands-on and require participant computer and internet access. Presentation time frames may be from 1 to 2 hours in length.

If you would like to see your Professional Development event on this Calendar, please click here to add your PD event to the calendar and fill out the form. Items submitted are subject to approval.  Your event will appear on the calendar upon approval. If you have any changes to events that are already posted, please email

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 Curriculum Resources

​The online CTE curriculum materials allow educators to: PLAN quality instruction; DOCUMENT state and national academic and technical standards met by instruction; DELIVER web-based instruction to students; and, ASSESS student attainment of state and national standards.


The CTE & Innovation Department of the Illinois State Board of Education will host a webinar on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. to provide information on the FY2020 Request for Proposal (RFP). The webinar will review the RFP process for the Career and Technical Education State Leadership funding opportunity due no later than 4 p.m. CDT on Friday, August 30, 2019. See registration link below.

FY20 Career and Technical Education State Leadership Request for Proposal

Objective: The program will deliver conferences in two different geographical locations of the state to provide professional learning aimed at program improvement for career and technical educators statewide.

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