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District of Columbia
DC State Office for Career & Technology Education

Program Goals and Emphasis

The D.C. Office for Career and Technology Education (CTE) is charged with implementing career and technical education within the D.C. public and charter schools. The District is currently in the process of aligning high schools to include smaller learning communities, called academies, that focus on ten expanding industries, and is working with local business and industry partners in implementing these academies.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

The labor market in D.C. is heavily influenced by the presence of the federal government—creating demand for skilled office workers and generating a range of legal and business services. The Demand for health care and high technology workers has increased greatly, while turnover is always high for low-paid service jobs. Government and professional and business services are by far the largest employing sectors.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was5.4%, as compared to 7.7% in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Educational Services
• Financial Activities
• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Professional & Business Services

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• D.C. is in the process of aligning high school programs to include academies focused on ten expanding industries.

• The District of Columbia’s CRN (DC-CRN) has worked with and provided training to four high school teams planning to pilot a summer bridge program for incoming 9th graders. The program will emphasize reading and math skills development, high school orientation, career planning and job readiness skills development.

• The Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE) partners with the Department of Employment Services (DOES) to provide paid summer internships for hundreds of CTE students. Also under a contract agreement with DOES, students participating in the Smaller Learning Community Site Summer Bridge Program are eligible to earn four hours of pay for attending the program.
Primary Activities and Trainings

DC-CRN has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Career Days
• Career Development Presentations
• Conference Presentations and Participation
• Counselor Workshop
• Facilitating Career Development
• Freshmen Transition Course
• Graduate Counselor/Teacher Class Presentation
• Maryland Regional Career Development Training
• Real Game Training
• Summer Bridge Program
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools0
Middle Schools 0
High Schools 0
Community Colleges 0
4-Year Colleges/Universities 0
Other 0

Primary Resources

DC has published the following resources:
• Career Development Portfolios
• CollegeEd Student Workbooks
• Holland SDS
• The Real Game Series

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The district does not report any additional funding sources.
Significant Program Partnerships

• Department of Employment Services

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Christopher Lyons
District of Columbia Public Schools, Office of Career & Technical Education
Acting Program Administrator
825 North Capitol Street, NE - Room 8086
Washington, DC 20002-4232
Phone: (202) 442-5068
Fax: (202) 442-5081
e-mail: [email protected]
State Administrative Location

DC Public Schools, Office of Career and Technology Education

Regional Contact Information