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Career Clusters
The National Career Clusters™ Framework provides a vital structure for organizing and delivering quality CTE programs through learning and comprehensive programs of study (POS). In total, there are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters™ Framework, representing more than 79 Career Pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and career.

Change the Equation
Change the Equation (CTEq) initiative mobilizes the business community to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning in the United States. CTEq continues to influence and lead the STEM learning movement for improving teaching and all students' STEM learning, both in the classroom and beyond.

Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce
The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce is an independent, nonprofit research and policy institute affiliated with the Georgetown Public Policy Institute that studies the link between education, career qualifications, and workforce demands.

Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce for North Carolina
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Grand Challenges of Engineering
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE), at the request of the National Science Foundation, convened a committee of leading technical thinkers to create a list of the grand challenges and opportunities for engineering facing those born at the dawn of this new century.

National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenge K12 Partners Program
The National Academy of Engineering K-12 Partners Program is one way the Grand Challenges get integrated into the lives of K12 students and teachers.

National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…"

NC STEM Learning Network
NC STEM has helped to guide statewide efforts that promote STEM education for the past four year. This includes helping develop a statewide strategic plan, coordinating STEM education initiatives with a goal of increasing student achievement, community involvement, and corporate support for STEM education.

North Carolina New Schools
North Carolina New Schools has joined with partners in business, education and government at every level to develop and support innovative secondary schools that share a fundamental goal: Engage all students with powerful approaches to teaching and learning and graduate all students ready for college, careers and life.

The North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center

The North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (NCSMT) goal is to improve teaching and learning in science, mathematics, and technology education.

North Carolina Virtual Public School
The North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) is committed to raising achievement and closing learning gaps with 21st century innovation by providing access to world class learning opportunities for all North Carolina students.

Project Lead the Way
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) offers STEM education programs that engage students in activities, projects, and problem-based learning to create, design, build, collaborate and solve problems while applying what they learn in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

STEMx provides an accessible platform for states to share, analyze and disseminate quality STEM education tools to transform education, expand the number of STEM teachers, increase student achievement in STEM and grow tomorrow's innovators. Currently comprised of thirteen state STEM networks, North Carolina is proud to be an inaugural member.

Vital Signs
Created in collaboration with the American Institutes for Research, Vital Signs offers the most comprehensive available picture of STEM in our state – the demand for and supply of STEM skills, what states expect of students, students' access to learning opportunities, and the resources schools and teachers have to do their work.
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14 Grand Challenges
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