The Career and Technical Education CoLab (CTE CoLab) aims to reduce disparities in academic and career outcomes for historically marginalized students — especially students who are Black, Latinx, or Indigenous — enrolled in online and hybrid postsecondary CTE programs.

With funding from ECMC Foundation, the CTE CoLab convenes a research-informed community of practice of community and technical colleges to build knowledge and develop tools to address inequities for students of color in credit-bearing online CTE programs. The CTE CoLab is also a hub for research on critical issues affecting historically marginalized students enrolled in online programs and promising strategies to close equity gaps through changes in programs, institutions, and policies.

College community of practice

Twelve community and technical colleges have participated in the College Community of Practice to date. Phase one of the initiative, which ran from June 2021 through April 2023, involved colleges identifying and starting to implement equity-centered approaches to online teaching and learning in the credit-bearing CTE programs described below. In October of 2023, the CoLab launched phase two, “CTE CoLab: Scaling Change in Postsecondary CTE,” to support four of the colleges in continued implementation of strategies for advancing racial equity and scaling practices across their CTE division or their broader institutions.  

*Indicates phase 2 community of practice member  


CTE CoLab partners and community of practice members have developed an evidence-informed toolbox of resources on topics related to equity and inclusion in online career and technical education. This section includes links to research, resources, videos, and news about this initiative and will be updated over the course of the initiative.  



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The CTE CoLab is a collaboration led by the Urban Institute. Over the course of the initiative, partners have included the following organizations, which have provided coaching, professional development, technical assistance, and peer learning activities to support college teams in the development and implementation of goals and strategies aimed at addressing equity gaps identified by the colleges.