The Urban Institute’s Career and Technical Education CoLab (CTE CoLab) aims to reduce inequities in academic and career outcomes for students of color—especially students who are Black, Latinx, or Indigenous—enrolled in credit-bearing online postsecondary CTE programs.

Students of color have long faced barriers to accessing and completing high-quality credit-bearing CTE programs and to realizing their goals for further education and employment. As CTE programs increasingly move online, the CTE CoLab will partner with 12 community and technical colleges to ensure shifting coursework partially or fully online results in expanded access and strong outcomes for students of color.

With support from ECMC Foundation, the CTE CoLab is a collaboration led by the Urban Institute in partnership with five national organizations: World Education, Inc., the National Council for Workforce Education, the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Instructional Technology Council, and the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers. This coalition supports selected college programs in the College Community of Practice, which is designed to build knowledge about online CTE programs, develop and share resources to improve them, and center equity in their goals and delivery.  


College community of practice

The CTE CoLab coalition has initially selected 12 community and technical colleges to receive grant funding to support their participation in the College Community of Practice, which will run from June 2021 through April 2023. Over two years, participants will focus on scaling and enhancing equity-centered approaches to online teaching and learning in the credit-bearing CTE programs described below. Finalization of the community of practice will occur once subgrants are in place.

  • Chippewa Valley Technical College,
    IT Software Developer
  • Community College of Aurora,
    Early Childhood Education
  • CUNY Kingsborough Community College,
    Criminal Justice
  • Diablo Valley College,
    Art Digital Media
  • Fletcher Technical Community College,
    Machine Tool Technology
  • Modesto Junior College,
    Child Development
  • Mt. San Jacinto College,
    Water Technology
  • Nicolet College,
    Business Management
  • Onondaga Community College,
    Health Information Technology
  • Olive-Harvey College,
    Cannabis Education
  • Wake Technical Community College,
    Network Management
  • WSU Tech,
    Machining Technology