Federal Programs and Services
Welcome to the Career and Technical Education (CTE) section of the website. On this page, you will find resources to help students and their families to connect with our department.
Arkansas public schools are to initiate and maintain quality Career & Technical Education programs in accordance with the Arkansas Department of Career Education’s Strategic Plan, Goals, and Objectives.
We are part of a consortium through Dawson Educational Cooperative. Therefore, April Shepherd serves as our cooperative's CTE Coordinator.
We have a local designee with whom she collaborates and communicates to oversee Arkadelphia's use of federal funds.
MISSION: To prepare students for future college and career success.
VISION: To be the model for career and technical education.
Career Readiness – Deliver high-quality, cutting-edge CTE programs and services to equip Arkansas students with the most competitive skills for future success.
Customer Service – Provide exemplary customer service though shared responsibility and communication, focusing on exceptional customer satisfaction.
Productivity and Efficiency – Align services, optimize processes, and empower people to deliver high-quality service and support.
Deliver high-quality CTE programs and services to increase workplace readiness skills of Arkansas middle and high school students.
Deliver equitable and diverse CTE learning opportunities and services to improve engagement and learning.
Re-align the division to meet new federal legislation, student, and industry needs.
Strengthen CTE State Office operations and outreach.
There are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework that align to the Division of Career and Technical Education’s 63 Career Pathways.
For more information, visit the ADE:DCTE website here.
Dawson's CTE Department encourages the development, implementation, and improvement of CTE programs for the region.
The CTE Coordinator provides supporting resources to enable public schools to initiate and maintain quality Career & Technical Education programs in accordance with the Arkansas Department of Career Education’s Strategic Plan, Goals, and Objectives.
The CTE Coordinator works closely with local Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Councils, Post-Secondary Institutions, and Workforce Development Boards by supporting the economic development within the region.
The CTE Coordinator encourages the development, implementation, and improvement of CTE programs for all districts (consortia or single LEA) in the service delivery area.
Through Dawson Educational Cooperative, April Shepherd serves as our cooperative's CTE Coordinator.
Currently, APSD uses the funds from this area per state and federal guidelines.
Personnel, students, their families, and other interested parties are invited to ask questions, to provide feedback, and to contribute to the process as part of our consultation with stakeholders. Therefore, we invite you to use our APSD Federal Programs Engagement Survey (feel free to provide feedback for this and any of the pertinent sections).
The Operational Guide and the Policies and Procedures documents for the Division of Career and Technical Education are currently under revision and have been removed from the website pending this revision process.
Please complete any surveys for any campus and for the district
APSD Federal Programs Engagement Survey (feel free to provide feedback for any of the pertinent sections)
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