Career Ready Practices

Best Practices in North Dakota Career and Technical Education Webinar - August 13, 2021

  • Webinar Recording

  • CTE leaders served on a webinar panel to highlight the Career Ready Practices being utilized within North Dakota. This overview on the state vision, development, and utilization of the rubrics serves as an excellent model of a best practice that can be replicated in other states for CTE Administrators nationwide.

  • Panel of Experts Included:

    • Wayde Sick - State Director and Executive Officer for North Dakota Department of CTE

    • Michael Netzloff - State Specialist, Curriculum & Standards - North Dakota Department of CTE

    • Dale Hoerhauf - Director of CTE, Bismarck Public Schools & Central Regional Area Career & Technology Center

    • Eric Ripley - Director of CTE, Grand Forks Public Schools

    • Moderated by: Rachael Mann- Director of Member Engagement, NCLA


Career Ready Practices and Work-based Learning

North Dakota has selected Work-based Learning as the measurement of quality for our secondary programs. This is an opportunity for students to have direct interaction with employers or be able to practice the skills they learned in a simulated environment. The state has taken the Perkins V definition and developed options that meet the intent of the law.

The options are:

  • Option 1: Sustained interactions (as in Co-operative Experiences, etc.) should strive for a minimum of 40 hours of one supervised experience on the worksite. Although the student may spend more than 40 hours on the worksite, 40 hours should be the minimum goal.

  • Option 2: Simulated environments in an educational setting (which means any CTE funded course) should strive for a minimum of 40 hours throughout a series of in-class projects/lab work, with each project/lab taking no less than 1 week or 5 successive hours of class time to complete. The entire of series of projects should have a goal of equaling 40 hours or more total during enrollment in the program.

The student will be assessed on their Work-based Learning experience using five of the 12 Career Ready Practices.

The Career Ready Practices selected are:

  • Responsible Employee

  • Technical Skills

  • Communication

  • Problem Solving

  • Teamwork


Career Ready Practice Rubrics

Career Ready skills, or “soft skills”, are important to assess.  The documents below were developed to help teachers/mentors/business partners assess the student/worker in those skills and provide everyone with common terminology and a common definition of what is meant by "Career Readiness."

For further information, contact Michael Netzloff, or 701-328-3187.


Resources for Recording Career Ready Practice Indicators in PowerSchool

PowerSchool features make it possible to conveniently record information for the Career Ready Practice Indicators. The tutorial below details this procedure. We would like to thank Mary Beth Anderson, the Career and Technical Resource Educator at Sheyenne High School, for creating the tutorial and sharing it with CTE.