The CTE Industry Scholars program model relies on an implementation approach that leverages two types of partnerships to promote career experience for high school students in career and technical education programs:
- A sector Intermediary, which is a training or workforce organization with ties to a specific industry, cultivates working relationships with sector-specific employers in securing relevant work-based learning opportunities, while building the in-school capacity to grow and sustain partnerships with key employers, and
- Sector Employers, who engage in the program by providing meaningful career exploration for CTE students by hosting career days and workplace tours, providing job-shadowing opportunities, conducting mock interviews and resume reviews for students, and hosting student interns specializing in their industry.
This program model has proven to be effective in coordinating and scaling work-based learning opportunities across the CTE system. The CTE Industry Scholars Program has connected over 5,000 students to work-based learning opportunities, placed more than 2,250 students in paid industry-aligned internships, and partnered with more than 500 employers.