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

News and Updates​

Save the Date!

2020 Career Connections Conference
Chicago: March 2-3, 2020
Springfield: March 4-5, 2020
Carbondale: March 9-10, 2020

Conference Registration is open.

In a response to the growing needs for high-quality CTE programs, Career Connections 2020 will deliver three multi-disciplinary regional conferences throughout the state focusing on three overarching goals:

  1. Improvement of instruction
  2. Better alignment to core academics
  3. Enhanced connections to career and postsecondary opportunities

Integral features of the conference will include hands-on and innovative learning opportunities that highlight various components of interdisciplinary education accentuated through CTE, including exploratory sessions, networking opportunities, industry-led partnerships, student showcases, educator recognition, apprenticeship programs. The conference will feature keynote speaker Andrew McPeak of Growing Leaders: Ready for Real Life, who will address the expectations, identity and attitudes of Generation Z and how instructors can teach and empower the emerging generation. In addition, the conference will include breakout sessions around three main themes: equity, outreach and integration of core academics.

For more information or to share conference information, please view the 2020 Career Connections Conference flyerPDF Document.

The application to present at the 2020 Career Connections Conference will close on 2/2/2020.

CTE Program Data Review and Local Needs Assessment/Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment Systems in IWAS

To receive state or federal secondary career and technical education (CTE) funding for FY 2021 and beyond, all local funding recipients must complete a Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) as REQUIRED by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). The CLNA will be a three-step process: 1) Program Data Review (PDR), 2) Local Needs Assessment (LNA), and 3) CLNA.

UPDATED TIMELINE:  ISBE will open the PDR in IWAS on Thursday, January 9, 2020. The LNA/CLNA combined system in IWAS will open on Thursday, January 16, 2020. All three components – PDR, LNA, and CLNA – should be completed by mid-April 2020 ​in order to submit a local application (grant). The tentative release date for the fiscal year 2021 state and federal CTE local application/grants is May 1, 2020. REMEMBER:  Local applications will not be approved unless the CLNA process is complete.


  • All schools in a district must complete the PDR before the LNA application will open,
  • All school district/area career centers/region centers must complete the LNA before the CLNA application will open, and
  • All EFEs must complete and submit to ISBE the CLNA in order to complete the state and federal CTE local application/grants.

If you have questions, please contact ISBE’s CTE and Innovation Department at​ or (217) 524-4832.

​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!

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.


Endorsement Areas & Related Career Clusters


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

 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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