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Career/Technical Education: Governing Body

A "governing body" is charged with ultimate managerial control, fiscal and legal responsibility for the operation of a program. Governing bodies normally provide targeted guidance of high school, community colleges, and/or four-year institutions--but career and technical education can also bridge education and the workforce. For example, five states have designated their workforce agency as the governing body. Other states might provide governance that facilitates the spanning of two systems (e.g., high school and community college) or the alignment of services across systems. Three states have established a state board for career and technical education charged with governing career and technical education. Five states have charged the state's community colleges or postsecondary system with governing career and technical education. The remaining 38 states have left the governing functions with the state department or the state board of education.

Why does it matter?

  • Career and technical education often bridge systems, so program offerings need to be aligned across systems.
  • Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and will be updated as new policies are enacted.

    Last updated: June 2008

    Research conducted by Melodye Bush. Please contact Bush at 303.299.3631 or with questions or comments about this database.

    Governing body
    Alabama State Board of Education
    Alaska Department of Education
    Arizona State Board of Education
    Arkansas State Board of Workforce Education and Career Opportunities
    California State Board of Education
    Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education
    Connecticut Office of Workforce Competitiveness
    Delaware Department of Education
    Florida Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Education
    Georgia State Board of Education
    Hawaii Department of Education
    Idaho State Board of Education functioning as the State Board for Professional-Technical Education
    Illinois Illinois State Board of Education
    Indiana State Department of Education
    Iowa Department of Education and State Board of Education
    Kansas State Board of Education
    Kentucky Workforce Investment Board
    Louisiana State Education Board
    Maine Department of Education
    Maryland State Board of Education
    Massachusetts Department of Education
    Michigan State Board of Education
    Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
    Mississippi State Department of Education
    Missouri State Board of Education
    Montana Board of Regents
    Nebraska Department of Education
    Nevada State Board for Career and Technical Education
    New Hampshire State Board of Education/State Department of Education
    New Jersey State Board of Education
    New Mexico Public Education Department
    New York State Education Department
    North Carolina State Board of Education
    North Dakota State Board for Career and Technical Education
    Ohio Office of Career-Technical and Adult Education within the Ohio Department of Education
    Oklahoma State Board of Career and Technical Education
    Oregon State Board of Education
    Pennsylvania Department of Education
    Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    South Carolina Department of Education
    South Dakota State Board of Education
    Tennessee State Board of Education and Department of Education
    Texas State Board of Education
    Utah State Office of Education
    Vermont State Board of Education
    Virginia Board of Education
    Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
    West Virginia Department of Education
    Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
    Wyoming Department of Education

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