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




CTE Legislation

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

The Perkins Law is the federal legislation which guides career technical education and stipulates state and local requirements.

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 California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office  (CCCCO) provides guidance, direction, and resources for all California community colleges.


The California Department of Education (CDE) 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 (EDD) 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 Labor Market Information (LMI) Divison is the official source for California Labor Market Information.  The LMI provides statistical data and reports on Californias's labor force, industries, occupations, employment projections, wages, and other LMI and economic data. 

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 (ACTE) 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.

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 (NCLD) 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 offers resources for curriculum development, research, instruction, serving diverse learners, expanding professional development, and much more. 

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)


Women in Nontraditional Employment Roles (WINTER) organization prmotes employment of women in high-wage, high-skill labor markets to proverty-level women and youth who need progressive high school education, employment training, and other related assitance.

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

for Special Populations

CA Career Pathways

California Career Pathways offers resources for teachers, faculty, advisors, counselors, students and parents.

CA Community College Special Populations Collaborative

The California Community College Special Populations Collaborative is to improve access and performance in Career and Technical Education for students from special populations.

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

Institute for Women in Trades, Technology, & Science (IWITTS) helps educators nationwide close the gender gap for women and girls in nontraditional careers, such as technology, trades and law enforcement.

NAPE STEM Equity Pipeline

The National Alliance Partnership Equity (NAPE) STEM Equity Pipeline focuses on program improvement process for equity in STEM, PIPE-STEM to increase particaption of women and girls in high school and community college.

Data and Reports for Informing Educators and Others

Attribution Theory

Bernard Weiner’s Attribution Theory of  Achievement Motivation and Emotion article that discusses  how indivdiuals attributions are perceived causes of success and failures that share three common properties: locus, stability and controallability. 

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.


Albert Bandura's Self-efficacy theory discusses that self-efficacy is an individual's belief which determines how one feels, thinks, and motivates and behaves. 

Stereotype Threat

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.

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.

California Community College Special Population Collaborative 

 The Community College Special Populations Collaborative provides an explanation of the core indicators of success.

Resources for Use with Students

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.

Curriculum Resources

Curriculum resources identified by the Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee.

Effective Practice Models

Effective practice models identified by the Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee.

Green Tech Resources for Serving Females and Special Populations

As part of the California Perkins Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee this document summarizes strategies for improving women’s access to green technology trainings and careers.

Math and Science Feeder Schools

As part of the California Perkins Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee 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.


The Curriculum and Insruction Materials Center (CIMC)  website offers  MAVVC products and educational resources for purchase, including course materials, curriculums, handouts, and sample instruction.

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.


SheHeroes offers videos, podcast, blogs, discussion guides on information for empowering young girls to explore their interest on nontraditional careers.

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.