Required Use of Funds

Funds made available to eligible recipients under this part shall be used to support career and technical education programs that:

  1. Strengthen the academic and career and technical skills of students participating in career and technical education programs, by strengthening the academic and career and technical education components of such programs through the integration of academics with career and technical education programs through a coherent sequence of courses, such as career and technical programs of study described in section 122(c)(1)(A), to ensure learning in
    1. the core academic subjects (as defined in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965); and
    2. career and technical education subjects;
  2. Link career and technical education at the secondary level and career and technical education at the postsecondary level, including by offering the relevant elements of not less than 1 career and technical program of study described in section 122(c)(1)(A);
  3. Provide students with strong experience in and understanding of all aspects of an industry, which may include work-based learning experiences;
  4. Develop, improve, or expand the use of technology in career and technical education, which may include:
    1. training of career and technical education teachers, faculty, and administrators to use technology, which may include distance learning;
    2. providing career and technical education students with the academic and career and technical skills (including the mathematics and science knowledge that provides a strong basis for such skills) that lead to entry into the technology fields; or
    3. encouraging schools to collaborate with technology industries to offer voluntary internships and mentoring programs, including programs that improve the mathematics and science knowledge of students;
  5. Provide professional development programs that are consistent with section 122 to secondary and postsecondary teachers, faculty, administrators, and career guidance and academic counselors who are involved in integrated career and technical education programs, including:
    1. in-service and pre-service training on S. 250 53
      1. effective integration and use of challenging academic and career and technical education provided jointly with academic teachers to the extent practicable;
      2. effective teaching skills based on research that includes promising practices;
      3. effective practices to improve parental and community involvement; and
      4. effective use of scientifically based research and data to improve instruction;
    2. support of education programs for teachers of career and technical education in public schools and other public school personnel who are involved in the direct delivery of educational services to career and technical education students, to ensure that such teachers and personnel stay current with all aspects of an industry;
    3.  internship programs that provide relevant business experience; and
    4. programs designed to train teachers specifically in the effective use and application of technology to improve instruction;
  6. Develop and implement evaluations of the career and technical education programs carried out with funds under this title, including an assessment of how the needs of special populations are being met;
  7. Initiate, improve, expand, and modernize quality career and technical education programs, including relevant technology;
  8. Provide services and activities that are of sufficient size, scope, and quality to be effective; and
  9. Provide activities to prepare special populations, including single parents and displaced homemakers who are enrolled in career and technical education programs, for high skill, high wage, or high demand occupations that will lead to self-sufficiency.