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First Report on Online Occupational Education in Community Colleges is Released by National CTE Research Center

The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE), funded by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), at the U.S. Department of Education, released today the Online Occupational Education in Community Colleges report.

This report examined the current state of online occupational programs in community colleges and explored issues related to institutional, economic, and social indicators that influence (a) the offering of online programs and (b) the programmatic connection to workforce development needs. This project is the first national study that categorizes and inventories specific types of online occupational programs in community colleges. As online education will play an increasingly central role in the nation's workforce development efforts, this study will provide institutions and policymakers with national data to influence future decisions.

“Online education is progressively becoming a norm as a component of student’s higher education,” said National Research Center Director James R. Stone III. “This study is the first that provides a resource impacting the use and outcome of online education as a tool for community colleges.”

For more information on this report visit the NRCCTE website at www.nrccte.org.

About the NRCCTE

The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) is the primary agent for generating scientifically based knowledge, dissemination, professional development, and technical assistance to improve career and technical education (CTE) in the United States. The NRCCTE works to improve the engagement, achievement, and transition of high school and postsecondary CTE students through technical assistance to states, professional development for CTE practitioners, and dissemination of knowledge derived from scientifically based research. The NRCCTE is funded by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education.

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