Students are entering a highly competitive workforce based on a global knowledge and information economy. To be career and college ready, they must be able to integrate and apply 21st century skills, technical knowledge and skills, and core academic knowledge. STEM & CTE are adaptable, cross-cutting, and partners - not alternatives - to college-preparatory education and core academic classes across secondary and postsecondary education. Guided by an emphasis on real world, real life skills, STEM & CTE connect students to academics and training that will help them be successful in the future. CTE specifically covers all sectors of the economy as identified by the National Career Clusters Framework and is used to confront some of the most intractable problems facing America's education system. Our mission is that every student will graduate from high school globally competitive for work and postsecondary education and prepared for life in the 21st century.