Workforce Readiness and Career Technical Education (CTE) Diploma
Twenty-first-century graduates are expected to have more skills than ever before. Not only must they have strong academic skills in reading, math, and science, but they must also be able to apply these skills in the workplace. CTE programs are designed to ensure graduates obtain the academic and technical skills that give students multiple pathways to success.
To acknowledge that CTE programs enhance students’ high school experience and help prepare them for the demands of today’s employers regardless of their path, the 2021 Idaho State Legislature created the Workforce Readiness and CTE Diploma.
Like all high school students, students enrolled in CTE programs need to meet the academic requirements. In addition, they must also demonstrate their increased level of college and career readiness.
Which students are eligible to earn the Workforce Readiness and CTE Diploma?
Juniors or seniors who complete a CTE pathway are eligible if they:
Earn employer-recognized certifications and microcertifications.
Develop and articulate valuable technical and employability skills sought by employers.
Enter the world after graduation confident in their ability to meet their employer’s needs.
For employers, the Workforce Readiness and CTE Diploma helps them:
Find qualified employees for their most hard-to-fill positions.
Reduce the time and money invested in training new employees.
Identify candidates who possess the employability skills necessary to succeed in the workplace.
What is a pathway?
A pathway is a prescribed sequence of CTE courses culminating with a capstone course.
What is a microcertification?
A microcertification is a recognized credential that confirms mastery of skills or concepts. Through demonstration and assessment, educators measure skills in SkillStack® that translate into a digital badge.
What is an industry certification?
An industry certification is any certification or bundle of certifications recognized by business and industry at the local, state or national level. Students must pass an approved industry certifications to count towards the Workforce Readiness and CTE Diploma requirements.
Can students who complete multiple pathways earn multiple seals?
No. The seal is the same regardless of which CTE pathway a student completes. Although students may complete more than one CTE pathway, only one seal may be earned per qualifying student.
Which districts can award the Workforce Readiness and CTE Diploma?
All districts are encouraged to offer this diploma to students enrolled in a CTE pathway. If your district doesn’t have a pathway program, you can apply for a new program in February. If you’re unsure if your district has a pathway program, use the CTE Programs Directory.
How do districts receive Workforce Readiness and CTE Diploma seals?
In April, IDCTE will send school districts a set of diploma seals at no charge.
Do districts have to report how many students earned the Workforce Readiness and CTE Diploma?
Annually, districts will need to report the number of diplomas awarded by June 30.
Can districts or career technical schools modify requirements for earning the diploma?
By prioritizing student success and achievement, Idaho’s Workforce Readiness and CTE diploma requirements appropriately recognize that CTE enhances the traditional high school experience.