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What is Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology, and Trades?

Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology, and Trades (METT), one of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) endorsement areas for 6-12 grade Illinois classrooms, helps students become college and career ready through critical thinking and real-world application of skills that are built within the content and application of METT courses. Technology and engineering education is the study of human innovation, which provides an opportunity for students to apply and manage knowledge and resources related to the human-made world. METT incorporates collaborative, application-oriented, activity-based strategies used to develop creative thinking skills while solving real-world problems. The study of technology and engineering education prepares students to become lifelong contributing members of our technological society who comprehend the impact of technology and use it to improve the quality of life for all people.​ By taking METT-specific courses or through the development of integrated units from other Illinois CTE endorsement areas, students develop academic knowledge and technical skills for a lifetime of opportunities as productive and responsible citizens.

Source Adapted from:

Occupational Outlook Handbook


At minimum, Illinois METT focuses on the following areas:

  • Architecture
  • Career Development
  • Computer Systems
  • Construction
  • Drafting and Design
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
  • Electrical and Power Transmission
  • Manufacturing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

For more information about METT, please contact Gary Cotie, ILCTE METT Leader. For more information about ILCTE, please contact Rod McQuality, Project Director. To be added to our communications list, please fill out the contact information. Additionally, please connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube.

ILCTE Innovative Lessons

Online Learning Resources


Adobe Spark - Adobe Spark empowers students and teachers to easily create and share visual stories.

Banzai Financial Literacy - aligns to Illinois's financial literacy curriculum, 3 levels-elementary, teens (middle/junior high & high school), Plus (high school ages 16+) Includes: insurance, retirement, buying a house, taxes, life changes, borrowing and credit, smart living, and starting a business.

BINGO Baker – Just type your words into the grid on the left. You can give your game a title and can change the BINGO column headings too. Then click the Generate button to generate bingo cards. Features: Drag and drop images from your computer to liven up your card. This NOT a free resource; however, a lifetime membership only

Blogger – It’s easy and FREE! Create a beautiful blog that fits your style. Choose from a selection of easy-to-use templates – all with flexible layouts and hundreds of background images – or design something new!

Discovery Education
Discovery Education Experience provides engaging high-quality content, ready-to-use digital lessons, creative collaboration tools, and practical professional learning resources to give educators everything they need to facilitate instruction and create a lasting educational impact in any learning environment.

Epicbooks – Fuel curiosity with over 40,000 books, audiobooks and videos.  It is FREE for educators.  Parents get a 30-day free trial.

Create a Portfolio Website with Wix and Start Displaying Your Stunning Work Online. Access Advanced Editing Tools & Expert Features that'll Make Your Site Stand Out Online. 

GCF Global - Includes: computers, Office Suite, Google Suite, Career Planning, Job Search, Workplace Skills, Work Life, Money Management, Everyday Life, Reading and Math. Offering online lessons for FREE.

ICEV - Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and instructional materials.

Illinois Digital Educators Alliance, the state affiliate of ISTE, is the largest organization in the state devoted to the use of technology in education. The mission of IDEA is to inspire, connect and provide the educational community with opportunities that transform teaching and learning through technology. 

Comprehensive K-12 curriculum.  This resource is NOT free. 

MyCAERT provides teachers with an integrated online system to Plan, Document, Deliver, and Assess Career & Technical Education instruction. It not only allows access to a complete selection of instructional components, but also serves as a classroom organizational and management tool. 

P-Tech - FREE digital learning on the latest technologies, designed for teachers and students! Units that can supplement curriculum.

Read Theory – Improve your students reading comprehension. Personalized reading comprehension exercises for K-12 and ESL students. This is a FREE resource.

Read Works – Readworks is driven by cognitive science research. FREE content, curriculum, and tools to power teaching and learning for K-12 students.  

Rocket Math
Rocket Math is a basic math curriculum and worksheet-based program that is the best learning tool and math program for kids. This resource is NOT free.   

Many free resources to support the Common Core and to meet 21st Century Skills, including assessment and rubrics, virtual field trips, and internet safety. ·

Vocab offers the eager student ready to learn, free vocabulary tests, which are the best way to boost your verbal skills.

Math: Top-rated math program created for teachers, by teachers. The only curriculum top-rated by EdReports that unites hands-on instruction and immersive digital learning. Aligned to Eureka Math / EngageNY.  

Google Related

Boomerang (Chrome Extension) - Millions of Gmail™ and G Suite™ users count on Boomerang for easy, integrated scheduled email sending and reminders. The service allows you to schedule emails to automatically send in the future, so you can write an email now, and the service will send it tomorrow morning at 6 AM, or next week while you’re at the beach, without you needing to be online.

Ditch That Textbook - list of available Google Earth Virtual Field Trips.

Dualles Extension - For those who don't have dual monitor. Dualless is a poor man's dual monitor solution. It splits your browser windows into two by just 2 clicks. The ratio can be adjusted according to your needs. You may have a browser window showing on the right that occupy 30% of your screen. Then the rest of space leave to Google+. The extension simulates the environment of dual monitor. This is a Chrome Extension.

Google Classroom
Google Classroom is a FREE web service developed by Google for schools that aim to simplify creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students.

Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for Students
If you plan to implement Google Classroom as a distance learning platform, this is a great resource for your students that provides basic information on the various tools Google Classroom provides.

Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for Teachers
This document is a great resource for teachers that would like to learn the basics of Google Classroom for distance learning. 

Google Keep - use it a LOT (Google App) It is like having post-it notes all gathered into one place.

Google Meet and Livestream Directions
Real-time meetings by Google. Using your browser (you will need to use Google Chrome), share your video, desktop, and presentations with students. The linked document is a great step-by-step direction sheet for students learning how to do Google Meet Livestream for school.

Google Translate

HyperDocs are Google Docs that are self-contained lessons or units. HyperDocs contain questions with links to videos, infographics, websites, or other resources to help the students discover new information. Other uses for Hyperdocs can be building an extended lesson or unit. HyperDocs can also be used for substitute teacher plans, video or podcast playlists, learning centers or stations.

Hyperdocs Check Lists – a list of checks for checking your hyperdoc. This is a FREE resource.

(google suite) Jamboard is G Suite’s digital whiteboard that offers a rich collaborative experience for teams and classrooms. Watch your creativity unfold: you can create a Jam, edit it from your device, and share it with others. Everybody can collaborate on the Jam anytime, anywhere. For businesses and schools that use Jamboard hardware, you can use your phone or tablet to join or open a Jam on a nearby board.

Move It Chrome Ad-on - Busy working on your computer? Spending hours searching the internet. Get active with Move It, the easiest way to be reminded that you should integrate a break into your work online. Simply add the Move It extension to your browser, set the notification interval, and your screen will present you with a random brain break and exercise to complete. Once you complete it, hit done and the next will arrive after the designated interval elapses again.

Pear Deck
This is a sidebar to add to Google Slides; allows a teacher to be in presentation mode and then be able to communicate with students by giving a formative assessment, creating custom questions, adding audio to a slide, and active dashboard to watch each student's reaction to material presented. Pricing free, $150/year, custom for district. Web site has the options available for pricing listed. 

Quizizz - (connects to Google Classroom) Engage everyone, everywhere! FREE tools to teach learning anything, on any device, in-person or remotely.

Google Chrome extension. Allows teachers to record their voice, screen, and even has drawing tools. Teachers can record lessons, assignment solutions, and verbal student feedback. Free version allows up to a 5-minute video. Premium version is $29 per person. Can get a special school quote.

Web Paint (Chrome Extension) – Web Paint provides easy to use drawing tools that let you draw shapes, lines, and add text to live web pages and take screenshot (touch screen supported): Pencil tool - draw a custom line with the selected line width and color.

WhatsApp - Messenger, or simply WhatsApp, is an American freeware, cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service owned by Facebook, Inc. It allows users to send text messages and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other media


Resources to enhance instruction and increase student engagement/participation

10 Tips for Teaching Online: Practical Advice from Instructors
With the right tools, some creativity, and a healthy dose of patience, you can master the move online. 

Book Creator
FREE, Book Creator offers a simple way to infuse creativity throughout the curriculum, motivating students to become published authors and helping them develop future-ready skills.

Design anything in minutes with thousands of beautiful templates and images. The “basic” plan is FREE. It offers 250K+ free templates, 200K+ free photos and elements and 1000+ fonts. There are 100+ design types for social media posts, presentations and more! The “pro” plan costs $9.95 per month and offers more templates, photos & elements than the basic plan.

Doceri Interactive Whiteboard
Doceri does it all! Control your lesson or presentation live with Airplay or through your Mac, PC or Ipad. Annotate a Keynote or PowerPoint or present your original Doceri project. Great for student projects, too. CREATE hand-written or hand drawn Doceri projects on your iPad, using sophisticated drawing tools and the innovative Doceri Timeline.  

We share evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.

Remote learning seems a lot more doable. Students are engaged and are asking to keep learning. Assignments are taken care of and graded for you. Remote lesson plans with your content can be created in minutes.

In the HyFlex course design, students can choose to attend face-to-face, synchronous class sessions or complete course learning activities online without physically attending class. Hyflex can provide student engagement at the time they see/hear the material.

We help everyday inventors patent & submit ideas to companies! Free information.
Looks like you have an invention idea. Great! But where do you go from here?
Helping Since 1984 · For Everyday Inventors · Submission to Companies · Confidential invention information

Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that makes it easy to create, share and play learning games or trivia quizzes in minutes. Unleash the fun in classrooms! Sign up for FREE for the basic plan or $36 per year for the pro plan.  

Know it All
Know it all features a wide assortment of over 8,600 media assets, for pre-K-12. The content has been optimized for tablets and mobile devices for one-to-one learning. As of May 15, 2020, you will find approximately: 4821 videos, 1333 audio files, 286 photo galleries and 1781 photos, 79 interactives, 62 teacher resources, and much more! It covers career education, English Language Arts, Health Education, Math, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Visual & Performing Arts and World Languages.  

Lalilo is an online tool for K, 1st and 2nd grade teachers and students. The Lalilo website is accessible on tablets, iPads and computers. Lalilo works in school environments or in a distance. This resource is NOT free.
Commit to digital equity with digital literacy for all students. Teach students to create with technology and harness it to power learning.

Mentimeter is a cloud-based solution that allows you to engage and interact with your students in real-time. It is a polling tool wherein you can set the questions and your students can give their input using a mobile phone or any other device connected to the internet. 

MobyMax is a wonderful tool to differentiate learning for all students. Since it meets the students at their level, it challenges students above level and on level students as well as remediates students below level. MobyMax allows me to set goals with my students and celebrate their success with them.

Nearpod is an instructional platform that merges formative assessment and dynamic media for collaborative learning experiences. You can upload tech-enhanced materials or customize over 7,500 pre-made, standards-aligned lessons for all K-12 subjects. Students complete assignments independently while you gain insights into students’ understanding with post-session reports. Easily integrates with your LMS (i.e. Google Classroom, Canvas, Schoology and more). 

OnShape is the only product development platform that unites CAD, data management, collaboration tools and real-time analytics. This resource is NOT free.
A tool that sets up accounts for students that are private. Cost for a teacher $12 /month. Teachers may post assignments and students can create work and post their assignment work back to the teacher. Teachers are in full control of the student and parent access.
Free quiz tool. Can be used on any device. For in class and online uses.  Never grade a quiz again. Web site even has quizzes built for different subject areas, even CTE. 

Allows teachers to create or use existing study material. The tool tracks student progress through the material. 30-day free trial, otherwise $35.99 /year. 

A complete Learning Management System (LMS) that integrates with many other educational tools.  A free, one teacher offer is available. For a district wide package more investigation would be required for pricing. 

An instant student-response tool that allows teachers to engage students with simple polls and quizzes. Free for one classroom group. Paid plans available. 

Spin the Wheel random picker
Interactive tool that allows the teacher to make a decision at random. It has three modes: random picking, random, accumulation. Free.

Survey Monkey
Create surveys online for free.  Unlimited online surveys. It is an easy & powerful tool.  

The end of passive viewing! Engage viewers by integrating quizzes, polls, and CTAs into videos. Get Started. Take your videos to the next level. A new type of video content. Ask questions, multi-choice quizzes, and collect feedback through your videos. Increase engagement.

Wheel of Names
You can make your own wheel of names. It can be a fun way to assign group projects. Spinning the wheel can identify the group’s members! 

Amaze your students with smarter worksheets. is a platform where teachers build beautiful, engaging online worksheets. Teachers and students can create free accounts.

Online platform to host meetings, webinars, conference rooms, chat, and phone system. Free version. 

Virtual Box
Allows users to run other types of platforms other than what is on their computer. Ideal when teaching different operating systems. 

Zoom Etiquette
If you are using Zoom for classroom meetings, this is a useful resource for everyone to review before partaking in an online meeting.


Resources for creating videos and instructional approaches for the classroom

Adobe Rush App
This tool is available for the PC, IOS, and Android; gives the user capability to create fantastic videos that have been edited. Free use of the tool with three exports is available, otherwise it costs $9.99 / month

Brain Pop
Animated Educational Site for Kids - Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and Technology.

Ed Puzzle
EDpuzzle is an incredibly-easy-to-use video platform that helps teachers save time, boost classroom engagement and improve student learning through video lessons. Use videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Crash Course and more. If you'd rather record and upload your own video, go for it! EDpuzzle also collects data as students watch and interact with the video. Best of all, it’s completely FREE!

Flipgrid is an easy-to-use social learning, video making website that allows educators and students to make video clips. A teacher can create a grid or a series of grids that asks students to discuss topics or questions. The teacher can set the requirements of the responses to the subject, which could include time limits, attachments, video, pictures, and several other settings. For educators it’s FREE 

Say it with video! The expressiveness of video with the convenience of messaging and it’s FREE. Communicate more effectively wherever you work with Loom. 

Play Post It
PlayPosit, Inc. operates an online learning environment to create and share interactive video lessons. Its platform enables teachers to create interactive lessons. and video solution enables corporates to train employees, partners, and customers. The company’s platform is designed for K-corporates, flipped, and blended environments. This resource is NOT free.

Video recording service that allows teachers to record their screen and webcam simultaneously. User-friendly. No download required. Video can be published immediately. Free version. Premium versions for schools available with many price variations. 

View Pure
Watch purified YouTube videos. Just for teachers, professors, social influencers, homeschoolers and parents. The Viewpure Members Area is the place where Viewpure can give you additional tools and resources. The Members Area is FREE. There is a lot of cool stuff in there for clean viewing of videos.

The end of passive viewing! Engage viewers by integrating quizzes, polls, and CTAs into videos. Get Started. Take your videos to the next level. A new type of video content. Ask questions, multi-choice quizzes, and collect feedback through your videos. Increase engagement.

Large library of videos that can be used as supplemental instruction. Can also upload their own videos. Free.

Career Resources

Career Exploration and Development Resources

(CIS) Illinois Career Information System  create an account for free resource for career exploration and development

21st Century Skills

Applied Educational Systems (AES) – Career Readiness curriculum free trial  

ASVAB Career Exploration Program Take assessments, explore options and build a plan

Career Development Experience Toolkit 

Career Key : resources—   Holland's theory of career choice: matching 6 personality types with 6 work environments RIASEC and US Department of Education 16 Career Clusters AND   Extroversion & Introversion

Career Planning and Salary Tutorial GCF Free online lesson and tutorial, get career advice if you are looking for a job, planning a change, or looking to gain skills.

Career Prepped – Get Career Prepped and get noticed! You can build your skills and create career portfolios to prove your soft and hard skills mastery.  This is NOT a free website.

Career Readiness for All Spring 2019

Career Test Find Your Career Match   Answer a few questions to get a student thinking about who they are and what is important to themselves.  There is a cost for the report, but the process of answering the questions is beneficial for career exploration.

CareerExplorer – The world’s best career test. Discover your top career matches! This is NOT a free resource.  Teachers costs $48 per year and for students costs $36 per year.

CareerOneStop:  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.  Videos, interest, skills & work values assessments; explore and learn about careers by career clusters, profiles, growing careers and industries; and plan your career activities (previously career

Careers Safe Online has a fee for the training (schools, OSHA, etc)

CFGlobal – Includes FREE online lessons: Career Planning, Job Search, Workplace Skills, Applying for Jobs, Work Life, Money Management, Everyday Life, and many more.

Claim Your Future Game ISAC’s game that includes exploration of future careers

Degree Game Show – this website offers a slide show game on career planning. This is a FREE resource.

Employment 101 by Illinois workNet, video

Engage! Career Exploration and Readiness Grades 7-8 Curriculum Nebraska Department of Education

Enneagram – This is a FREE personality test that will show students which of the 9 personality types suit you best.  See how you score for all 9 Enneagram types and understand where you fit in the Enneagram personality system. It only takes 10 minutes online.  

EVERFI College and Career Readiness

Explore Careers Skills & Interest Surveys ( Take Illinois workNet Surveys to Discover Your Skills

Explore Careers, Wages & Trends Search (  Scroll down webpage to Find Demand Occupations for careers by Career Pathways

Explore Health – is a collaboration between today’s health professionals and leading health care associations designed to help people like you start down the road toward a career in health.  Here you will find the latest health career information and tools to guide you as you prepare for a future in healthcare. This is a FREE resource

Financial Toolbelt’s Career Database Use this tool to search for your career or a career you might be interested in. Get data on pay trends around the country and predictions for a career in the future.

Frank Sonnenberg Online – among the best leadership blogs related to character, personal values, and personal accountability.

Guide to Strengthening Career Well-Being

G-W Learning - This site provides an abundance of interactive activities to support your learning beyond the classroom.  There is something for every CTE class including Career Education. This is a FREE resource with curriculum available for purchase.

HASPI - The Health and Science Pipeline Initiative (HASPI) increases awareness and strengthens preparation for healthcare careers. HASPI is a collaborative network of K-16 educators, industry representatives, and community organizations that work together to prepare students from all academic levels and backgrounds to pursue any health training program of their choice, ranging from becoming a technician to a physician. 

iCEV - Explore the comprehensive Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and instructional materials in Career Exploration.

Illinois Essential Employability Competencies April 2020

Illinois Essential Employment Skills

Illinois State Board of Education Career Guide 2020-2021 School Year  Explore Career Paths in Illinois with a Career Assessment on pages 14 and 15

Job Corps  Free residential education and job training with skills and education program for young adults ages 16–24

Junior Achievement(JA) Career Success, Career Exploration Fair, Our Nation (work readiness) Grades K-12 programs   OR   Today’s Military --   US Military Resources 

My Next Move  O*Net  Search Careers by key words, industry or interests

Nepris career exploration with real-world connections platform with a free trial.

Next Gen Personal Finance – Career Units including career basics, job searching and soft skills, and alternatives to 4-year colleges.

O*Net OnLine Career exploration, career search, with military and apprenticeship crosswalks

Occupational Outlook Handbook US Department of Labor Statistics

READ to LEAD: Celebrate National Careers Week with career exploration activities for middle school students and curriculum for 5-9th graders, matches Lexile, college/career readiness anchor standards. Learning games & lessons that put middle school students in charge of a workplace.  They will learn that being the boss is demanding, aspirational, a lot of reading and conversational.  This is a FREE resource.

Reality Store – A simulation to help students understand the cost of living.  By understanding what costs, they incur may help them decide what type of career to pursue. A manual for $35.

Road Trip Nation  Choose your interests. (College Board website) Three interest questions and you are given some careers for your roadmap (8th graders) with national job growth rate. You read about real-life people doing the specific job with their career path, day to day experiences on the job, skills & qualities beyond school, advise for getting started and hurdles. Choose careers, majors and high school classes.

The Balance  Careers articles, advice and resources on Finding a Job; Career Paths, Human Resources and Succeeding at Work

Training Provider  Find training programs, compare completion and employment rates

Truity – understand who you really are! Powerful, scientifically validated personality test to help you group and find your way in life. Also includes a career profiler.

VARK (visual, aural, read/write and kinesthetic--a guide on learning preferences

VirtuaJobShadow career exploration curriculum and support platform

YouScience helps students in middle school through high school discover who they are with data through the way of brain gaming. Assessing aptitude and career discovery, the online program can expand students’ vision of career opportunities and help create the future-ready workforce employers need.  There is a cost with this service per student or school.

Career Videos

CandidCareer  Career advice from different careers.  Fee based.

Career Pathways Virtual Trailheads – to support students work based learning experiences during e-learning and while in school, the P-20 Network has created a series of videos which feature people from a wide range of occupations. These videos will allow students to learn different occupations within the various career pathway endorsement areas, gain knowledge about workplace skills, and receive advices from these professionals.

CareerOneStop Career video collection                                            

Careers Out There   interviews with professionals from all types of jobs talking about what they do... designed to help viewers in finding the right career Cyber Career Profiles

Dr. Kit Career Videos  All Career Videos

Illinois WorkNet Center Career Exploration Videos

Khan Academy Life Skills:  Careers Videos

Know It Let’s Go! Careers Career profiles and 360 videos inside the work environment of skilled workers.

National Geographic Learning/Cengage Explore Inside CTE Career Journeys   Career videos

NewScientist Jobs A Day in the Life Career Guides with articles and career videos

TeacherVision Kidspiration career exploration videos for Grades 5-8

Up Skill Houston  My Life As video series in construction, health science, petrochemical and transportation

Financial Literacy and Career Development

Applied Educational Systems (AES) – Personal Financial Literacy free curriculum trial  

Banzai Financial Literacy: aligns to Illinois's financial literacy curriculum, 3 levels-elementary, teens (middle/junior high & high school), Plus (high school ages 16+) Includes: insurance, retirement, buying a house, taxes, life changes, borrowing and credit, smart living, and starting a business.  This is a FREE resource.

Budget Challenge Budget Challenge simulates the process of managing of all the finances of an independent young adult, including pays bills, saving for retirement, accomplishing key goals like paying down debt and setting up an emergency fund. 

Cash Course Free online financial education course

CFGlobal – Includes FREE online lessons: Career Planning, Job Search, Workplace Skills, Applying for Jobs, Work Life, Money Management, Everyday Life, and many more.

Claim Your Future is a FREE game from ISAC that encourages exploration of education and training after high school, future careers, and money management.

Dave Ramsey There are many free resources at this site, including a guide to budgeting, investment help and an investment calculator.

Econ Lowdown Free platform with online classroom resources for K-12 in economics education by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

EconEdLink Economics & Personal Finance Resources for K-12 with lesson plans, videos, assessments and activities.

Education Planner  career planning, self-assessments and help paying for school free resources

EVERFI  Keys To Your Future - College And Career Readiness--Life and Employability Skills for Students

Federal Reserve Bank Atlanta Lessons  A wealth of free lessons on Personal Finance are available at this site. Several virtual tours and webinars are available.

Financial Toolbelt Financial calculators

Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) Teacher resources, lessons and economic standards

G-W Learning - This site provides an abundance of interactive activities to support your learning beyond the classroom.  There is something for every CTE class including Financial Literacy. This is a FREE resource with curriculum available for purchase. 

High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP)  Free comprehensive personal finance curriculum

iCEV - Explore the comprehensive Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and instructional materials in Personal Finance.

Illinois Consumer Education Association (ICEA)

Intuit Mint This site has a loan repayment calculator as well as a comparison of various credit cards. Student loans and types of checking accounts are reviewed.

Junior Achievement (JA) More than Money financial literacy grades 3-5; Personal Finance, Take Stock in Your Future, Economics, Entrepreneurship, and other K-12 programs

MIT’s Living Wage Calculator Results by State and County per working adult, single or in a family

Money Instructor Many free lessons, worksheets, and activities on the following topics: Online banking simulation, Downpayments, Interviewing, Customer Service, Career Planning, Resume writing, etc. A very comprehensive website.

National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)  Resources, research and support including:  Five Key Factors for Effective Financial Education

NextGen Personal Finance (NGPF)  - A wide range of resources for a 9-week course, semester or full year personal finance curriculum for high school and a middle school course. 

Occupational Outlook Handbook US Department of Labor Statistics

Practical Money Skills Your Money, Your Future money guide and others:  Budgeting, Saving, Financial Institutions, Credit, Debt, Identity Theft, and Life Events with lesson plans and standards.

Your Spending Your Savings Your Future A Beginner’s Guide to Financial Readiness

College/University Resources

ISAC—Illinois Student Assistance Commission  Free support online and in person for students, parents and counselors for college.

College Scorecard National College search by the US Department of Education

40 Money Management Tips Every College Student Should Know NEFE’s guide for financial decisions for college students.

My Smart Borrowing free interactive tool for making college choices and how much you pay for college

Virtual College Exploration provided by the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC)

Big Future  find the right college, filter by location major and more by College Board

Handbook of Illinois PostSecondary Institutions  ISAC Four-Year Colleges and Universities ¤ Two-Year Colleges ¤ Schools of Nursing ¤ Professional Schools/Allied Health Programs ¤ Proprietary School

AT A GLANCE Illinois Universities admission requirements

12 Reasons to Stay in Illinois Admissions guide for state universities

Majors at Illinois State Universities  at one place

ICCB Illinois Community College List

Dr. Kit Career Fields & College Degrees videos

School and Career Counselor Resources.


Broadening the Path Design Principles for Middle Grades CTE (ACTE/AdvanceCTE)

Career Conservation Starters  Ways to start conversations with students about careers that align to the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) Mindset and Behavior Standards

Career Development Experience Toolkit 

Career Pathways Dictionary--Unified State Framework for College and Career Readiness and Success WORK LEARN GROW: Pathways to the Jobs of Illinois’ Future

Career Readiness for All Spring 2019

CASEL The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) for PreK-12 students.

Common Sense Media Free digital citizenship safety and mental health, parental support and ratings for movies, tv, books, apps and games.

CTE K-8 Curriculum: Career Development and School Career Counseling Lessons (ISBE)

Developmental Counseling Model for Illinois Schools Best Practices for School Counselors 2018 Edition(ISBE)(ISCA)

Elementary School Career Conversations  Conversation starters with elementary students about careers that align to the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) Mindset and Behavior Standards

Employer and Industry-Based Partners Career Conversations  Workforce questions and conversation starters for use by employers, job coaches, mentors, apprenticeship supervisors

Engage! Career Exploration and Readiness Grades 7-8 Curriculum Nebraska Department of Education

EVERFI –K-12 Digital Lessons, Assessments & Reporting, Social-Emotional, and Health & Wellness

Headspace Free mindfullness activities for the classroom

HS Career Conversations  Conversation starters with high students about careers that align to the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) Mindset and Behavior Standards

IDEA - Illinois Digital Educators Alliance  supporting and promoting innovative education

//">IDEA -- Online links for additional k-12 home learning

Illinois PaCE Postsecondary and Career Expectations Chart:   An individualized learning plan for each student to help make decisions about career and post-secondary (PS) education or training, to plan a course of study, and to make financial aid assessments with family members.  Example from an Illinois school

Illinois School Counselor Association  and  ISCA Support school logistics and counselor domains (testing and schedules) Social-Emotional, Academic, College & Career

Illinois State Board of Education School Counselors home page

Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)-- one page full of links for counselors in one spot.

ISBE College and Career Ready Indicators Checklist and explanation of what a student needs to fulfill ISBE Distinguished Scholar or College and Career Ready high school graduation requirements.

ISCA Support school logistics and counselor domains (testing and schedules) Social-Emotional, Academic, College & Career

Learning for Justice (formally Teaching Tolerance) articles, classroom resources, professional development, podcasts and more

Learning Technology Center of Illinois Google Extensions  Resource

Middle School Career Conversations  Conversation starters with middle school/junior high students about careers that align to the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) Mindset and Behavior Standards

National Career Development Association (NCDA) provides professional development, publications, standards, and advocacy to practitioners and educators who inspire and empower individuals to achieve their career and life goals.

PaCE Career Exploration and Development Benchmarks Inventory Checklist 8th-12th grade

PaCE Crosswalk High School Transformation:  Connecting the Dots for PaCE, CCPE and CCRI

PaCE Student Checklist Grades 8 – 12 – Career, Money and College

Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness Act – Supporting students from high school to college and career with the Post-Secondary and Workforce Readiness Act:  PaCE, Career Pathways Endorsements, Transitional Math Courses and Competency-based Learning Systems

Program of Study Template


Spanning the Continuum: Incorporating Work-Based Learning into CTE ProgramsThis video presentation will explore options on how to incorporate the full continuum of work-based learning into your CTE programs as you learn about the new Workplace Experience courses that ISBE has introduced. 2021

Support for Illinois School Counselors on Remote Learning/Counseling – ISBE’s s guide and points to consider

Career Clusters/Pathways

The National Career Clusters® Framework serves as an organizing tool for Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, curriculum design and instruction. There are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing 79 Career Pathways to help learners navigate their way to greater success in college and career. The framework also functions as a useful guide in developing programs of study bridging secondary and postsecondary systems and for creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options. As such, it helps learners discover their interests and their passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and career.


There are 16 nationally recognized Career Clusters; Illinois has 17 Career Clusters (Energy is the 17th). Illinois METT teachers may want to consider the examination of the specific career clusters listed below in the development of their program.

PaCE Framework

Counselors, advisors, teachers and other educators can use the PaCE document to identify what types of experiences and information a student should have in order to make the most informed decisions about college and career planning. Organized from 8th through 12th grade, the Illinois PaCE Framework explains what students should be supported to do and what they should know at the end of each grade relative to three key domains: Career Exploration and Development; Postsecondary Education Exploration, Preparation, and Selection; and, Financial Aid and Literacy.


Diversity, Equity, and Special Populations  

Illinois has a commitment to provide every student the opportunity to be supported by highly effective teachers and school leaders. Further, Illinois understands that the two most important components for providing student learning are effective teachers and school leaders. Therefore, Illinois is focusing on developing highly effective teachers and leaders who are prepared to work to meet the instructional needs of each child, including those who have special needs and/or are English Language/Bilingual learners whether they come from high-poverty schools or low-poverty schools. To meet the needs of its lowest performing schools, Illinois is focusing on preparing teachers and principals to focus on differentiated instruction, student learning, and school improvement. Ensuring that teachers and principals are highly prepared to work in high need schools (HNS) will help to reduce the inequity among schools. Additionally, providing induction, mentoring, and professional development programs that focus on instructional needs of children will further support student learning in HNS (Source:

Resources for Teachers: 

What is a Program of Study?

According to the definition put forward in Perkins V, a program of study must, at minimum, be a coordinated, non-duplicative sequence of academic and technical content at the secondary and postsecondary level that:

  • Incorporates challenging, state-identified academic standards;
  • Addresses academic and technical knowledge, as well as employability skills;
  • Is aligned to the needs of industries in the state, region, Tribal community or local area;
  • Progresses in content specificity;
  • Has multiple entry and exit points that allow for credentialing; and
  • Culminates in the attainment of a recognized postsecondary credential.

Because the METT CTE endorsement area is so broad, there are several programs of study that schools should consider:


Learning Standards

The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) is a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for Career Technical Education (CTE). The standards have been informed by state and industry standards and developed by a diverse group of teachers, business and industry experts, administrators and researchers. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia and Palau participated in the development stage of the CCTC, which was coordinated by Advance CTE. The development of the CCTC was a multi-step process that incorporated input from approximately 3,500 individuals representing K-12 education, business and industry and higher education from across the nation.


​Career and Technical Student Organizations

State and National Associations

Content Specific State and National Associations

Additional Resources

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CAD, Industrial Design and Illustration

  • AutoDesk
  • OnShape
  • SketchUp
    Visualize your ideas for FREE. The joy of drawing by hand. The ease of super-smart 3D modeling software. Hundreds of professionally developed at your fingertips
  • Adobe
    The #1 provider of design tools in just about every industry across the globe - from Graphics to computer game development, industrial designwork to product presentation, Adobe Creative Cloud is the tool of the professionals. 
  • Make
    Make is an online community of people all across the globe that “make” things. This site would be a good resource for students and teachers who are looking for makerspace-type of projects. Some existing projects could be completed at home with minimal tools and materials, while others require sophisticated technology.


Production and Materials

Illinois Teacher Certification and Job Materials

Illinois Teacher Licensure
​Illinois offers three different Educator Licenses with Stipulations (ELS) endorsed in Career and Technical Education (CTE). Career and Technical Education programs provide instruction for occupations in Agricultural Education; Business, Marketing and Computer Education; Family and Consumer Sciences; Health Science Technology; and Technology and Engineering Education (Industrial).​(Click here for more information)

Illinois Teacher Job Bank
Search the Illinois Teacher Job Bank for your next career move (Click here for more information)

Keyboarding Technique Outline

In this worksheet, students will read three different articles and fill in the provided outline about keyboarding technique.

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Simulation and Virtualization

  • STEM-based Interactive Simulations
    This web-based tool is supplied and supported by the University of Colorado. The site supports full STEM activities covering Physics, Chemistry, Math, Earth Science, Biology. The site has 158 interactive simulations and 2300 teacher submitted lessons. The Physics section has complete simulations for Ohm’s law for electricity and magnetism. This is a free cloud-based tool.

  • TinkerCad
    Free, cloud-based simulation tool. It has all the equipment of an electronic workbench. Meters, Oscilloscope, Function Generator, Power Supplies, Batteries, etc,. This tool is very helpful in understanding how to wire circuits (analog and digital) on a breadboard. This tool also allows building circuits to interface to Arduino and coding the Arduino to perform a simulation.

  • Minecraft Education Edition 
    Educators visiting Minecraft Education Edition community site will find existing lesson plans on pixel art, grid paper to plan student work, and even a Minecraft world set up as a blank canvas for students to engage in creative expression. These materials are distributed to the students, and the crafting begins. There is a cost for this education edition.
  • Electude
    Welcome to the future of technical education! Our e-learning platform reimagines the ways technical students learn and retain information. Electude’s learning modules utilize gamification principles and highly interactive resources, including animations and simulations, to create a discovery-based environment that keeps students engaged throughout their training.  With programs in light vehicles, heavy vehicles and systems technologies, Electude offers a highly adaptable platform that performs equally well in the classroom, in the shop or at home. 



This worksheet has the students come up with an educational goal and then takes them through the SMART steps to ensure that the goal is obtained.

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Employment Tools

Skills2Succeed Academy (Click Here)

This website is a free, highly interactive online training program.  It helps learners build the skills and confidence they need to make smart career choices and find and succeed in employment. (Click Here!)

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