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In the table below you will find resources for the following categories:



Link and Description

CTE Legislation

Perkins Law
(Source – U.S. Dept. of Education)

Perkins CTE Act

This document is the federal legislation which guides career technical education and stipulates state and local requirements.

CA State Plan for CTE
(Source – CCCCO and CDE)

CTE State Plan

This document describes how California will implement the federal career and technical legislation.

National/State Government Agencies Overseeing Policies/Providing Data for

CTE, Equity, and Special Populations

These agencies also have resources for serving educators and students


The Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges provides guidance, direction, and resources for all California community colleges.


The California Department of Education provides guidance, direction, and resources for all K-12 and Adult schools in California.

CA Career Resource Network

The California Career Resource Network provides career development information and resources for teachers, counselors, students, and parents. This includes tools for career planning and self-assessment, and guidance on the education and training required for diverse careers.

Employment Development Department (EDD)

The California Employment Development Department connects job seekers with employers, including a website ( for locating employment opportunities and creating online resumes that can be viewed by potential employers. It also provides employer, unemployment, and disability services, and California employment statistics.

Labor Market Information (LMI)

The California Employment Development Department (above) also provides information on the California economy, including state and local industry trends, and employment projections. Job seekers will find self-assessment, resume, and job-search tools, as well as information on salaries and benefits, and coping with unemployment.

CA Postsecondary Education Commission, School to Employment Pathways System

The School to Employment Pathway System helps students and counselors discover how degrees and careers align, and identify colleges that offer given degrees. It also connects employers to colleges graduating students with the skills they seek, and provides education and employment statistics for policymakers.

White House Council on Women and Girls

The White House Council on Women and Girls ensures that policies, programs and legislation take the needs of women and girls into account, with a designee from every Cabinet and Cabinet-level Secretary and White House Office. The website provides information on current issues relevant to women’s educations, employment, health, and more.

U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau

The Women’s Bureau develops policies and standards to protect women’s interests, and advocates for women and their families’ equality and economic security. The website offers information on national initiatives that impact women and girls, statistics on the nation’s employed women, and links to labor resources by state.

National/State Organizations Concerned with Equity and Special Populations.

These organizations have relevant data, reports, and resources for educators and students.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

The American Association of University Women works in educational, social, economic, and political arenas to promote women’s and girls’ equity, through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE)

The Association for Career and Technical Education promotes education that prepares students for careers by increasing awareness and funding for CTE programs. The website details policy/advocacy issues, and links to resources for educators and students, including research, lesson plans, professional development courses, and model programs. It also includes California-specific information.

Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education (AGELE)

The Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education works to incorporate gender equity into education (with concomitant attention to other equity concerns, e.g., by age, race, disability, national origin, and socioeconomic status). The website includes information about promising programs to promote equity.

Connect Ed: The California Center for College and Career

Connect Ed promotes practice, policy, and research to help young people prepare for both college and career though “Linked Learning,” which combines strong academics with technical education and real-world experience. The website includes policy guidelines, research, and resources for educators and schools/districts, including guides to curriculum development and work-based learning.

National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE)

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity is a consortium of state and local entities working to advance equity and diversity in school and work. The website provides members with information and resources to overcome barriers to equity.

National Center for Learning Disabled (NCLD)

The National Center for Learning Disabled promotes success in school, work, and life for individuals with learning disabilities. The website includes information about what learning disabilities are, research in best addressing learning disabilities, and resources for succeeding with learning disabilities at home, in school, at college, and at work.

National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities

The National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities provides technical assistance to states in support of dropout prevention, reentry, and school completion for students with disabilities. The website includes resources for states, local agencies, parents, and students for meeting these aims, as well as links to outside related resources.

National Women’s Law Center

The National Women’s Law Center promotes women’s issues in education, employment, health, family and economic security. The website includes information, reports, and toolkits related to childcare, early learning, poverty, income support, education and Title IX (including affirmative action, CTE, and dropout prevention), and employment (including affirmative action and equal pay).

Public Policy Institute

The Public Policy Institute informs California public policy by examining social, economic, and political issues. The website includes extensive reports on K-12 education, higher education, and the economy.


WestEd aims to improve education across ages by conducting research and engaging with educational and other communities. The website offers resources for curriculum development and instruction, serving diverse learners, expanding professional development, and much more. It also links to related webinars and audio clips.

Wider Opportunities for Women

Wider Opportunities for Women facilitates economic independence for families, women, and girls by supporting programs in career development, literacy, technical and nontraditional skills, and the welfare-to-work transition. The website includes information about policies, WOW programs, and resources for addressing these issues.

Women in Nontraditional Employment Roles (WINTER)

This organization provides assistance and resources for others seeking to assist women in nontraditional career roles.

National/State Projects Funded to Promote CTE and/or Equity

for Special Populations

CA Career Pathways

California Career Pathways is a tool through which schools can share the career and technical courses they offer, and students can discover the educational paths available in their area of interest. Students can search for educational opportunities by location, career cluster, industry, sector, or pathway. The website also offers resources for teachers, faculty, advisors, counselors, students and parents.

CA Community College Special Populations Collaborative

This website is a resource for serving special population students funded by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science (IWITTS)

This is a resource focused specifically on supporting women in nontraditional career areas.

STEM Equity Pipeline Project

The STEM Equity Pipeline Project aims to increase opportunities for women to study and work in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The website provides information on events and press coverage, as well as step-by-step guides, brochures, webinars, and best practices for improving women’s access to STEM paths. It describes California’s relevant involvement and activities.

Data and Reports for Informing Educators and Others

Attribution Theory

This website explores Weiner’s Attribution Theory, which argues that we tend to attribute our own successes to skill and failures to situational factors, while we often interpret others’ successes as luck and failures as their fault.

Pathways to Prosperity Project

Pathways to Prosperity Project

Prepared by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, this report examines the need to prepare future generations of Americans for college and careers in order to succeed in the 21st century economy. It opens the doors to more successful pathways from high school to postsecondary studies and careers.

Core Indicator Analyses

Data on how California as a whole and by career area and region are meeting the core indicators of the Perkins legislation.


This website links to extensive information on self-efficacy, which is the belief that one can successfully accomplish a task, reach a goal, or influence events in one’s life.

Stereotype Threat

This website examines stereotype threat, which finds that when individuals are aware of a negative stereotype about their group in a given situation, their behaviors and performance more often conform to that stereotype. The site explores the mechanisms behind and consequences of stereotype threat, situations that tend to lead to stereotype threat, and strategies for reducing stereotype threat.

The 5-Step Program Improvement Process
(Source – STEM Equity Pipeline Project)

The 5-Step Process

The 5-Step Program Improvement Process includes step-by-step guides, group activities, and informative materials for addressing gender equity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Nontraditional TOP Codes

The document lists the career training areas (by their instructional code) which lead to careers in which fewer than 25% of the employees are of a particular gender. These are the training areas on which the nontraditional core indicator is calculated.

Use Core Indicator to Track the Success of CTE Students

This document, developed by the Community College Special Populations Collaborative Project provides an explanation of the core indicators of success.

WASC Brochure for CA Community Colleges
(Source – The JSPAC)

JSPAC Website (Brochures)

As part of the California Perkins Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee website, this site includes information about WASC accreditation standards for the California Community Colleges (as well as brochures on Career and Technical Education and nontraditional careers).

WASC Brochure for K-12
(Source – The JSPAC)

JSPAC Website (Brochures)

As part of the California Perkins Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee website, this site includes information about WASC accreditation standards for K-12 education.

Make a Difference for Special Population Students: Practical Tips and Tools for Educators

This document, developed by the Community College Special Populations Collaborative Project provides an overview of strategies to assist special population students.

“Career Technical Education: Supporting California’s Growing Economies”



 CTE: Success for All

A JSPAC-developed brochure advocating for Career Technical Education for special Populations and describing how legislators, educators, and businesses can help.

Resources for Use with Students

CA Career Zone

The Career Zone includes links to websites for identifying job openings, training programs, and educational opportunities.

Curriculum Resources

These are curriculum resources identified by the Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee.

Effective Practice Models

These are effective practice models identified by the Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee.

Fight the (Stereo) Type: Nontraditional Careers and Occupations

The Fight the (Stereo) Type website includes information for students, parents, educators, administrators, and legislators about nontraditional careers and occupations which have traditionally been filled by one gender.

Green Tech Resources for Serving Females and Special Populations

As part of the California Perkins Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee website, this document summarizes strategies for improving women’s access to green technology trainings and careers, reviews resources for understanding green jobs and utilizing green curriculum, and links to green training programs within California.

Math and Science Feeder Schools

Also part of the California Perkins Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee website, this document details California schools that are currently preparing students for educations and careers in math and science.


Insight develops fiscal awareness regarding housing, child care, food, health, insurance, transportation, and taxes.

Nontraditional Careers

The Nontraditional Careers website offers posters and DVDs encouraging women to pursue nontraditional careers. Some materials broadly target nontraditional careers while others are focused on agriculture,   automotive, construction, dentistry, electronics, engineering, firefighting, machining, policing, and welding.

ONet Online

ONet Online presents careers by the abilities, interests, knowledge, skills, work activities, work context, or work values they involve. It allows users to explore diverse occupations, and includes a search tool that prompts users to identify their skills/strengths and recommends well-aligned occupations.

MAVCC Tool Kit

The MAVCC Tool Kit website offers educational resources for purchase, including course materials, curriculums, handouts, and sample instruction.

Reality Check

This is a game in which students decide where and how they would like to live and how much it will cost them to reach those goals. It creates fiscal awareness

Roadtrip Nation

Roadtrip Nation offers interactive and project-based curriculum for middle-school through college classrooms. It helps students to connect with mentors in their communities so they may pursue paths that they are passionate about.

Role Model Project for Girls

The Role Model Project for Girls presents interviews with professional women in a diverse range of nontraditional careers. In the future it will offer CD-ROM-interviews with women in nontraditional fields and a complementary website about the careers and steps for pursuing them. The website currently includes links to related resources.

Who Do You Want 2 Be?

The ‘Who Do You Want 2 Be?’ website offers information for students in middle-school through college, adults returning to school or seeking retraining, and military veterans. Users can draw on online quizzes, games, videos, and written materials to learn about diverse educations and jobs, how much they pay, and how to pursue them.

25 Top Careers

The 25 fastest growing careers in California as determined by labor market information data.

Career Cafe

The Career Café offers videos, quizzes, and written materials to help students identify how their strengths and interests align with educations and careers. It provides information on many career pathways, and guides users in connecting to an industry (e.g., how to find mentors and internships) and identifying and applying to jobs.