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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 FBS 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)

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Career Clusters

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 FBS teachers may want to consider the examination of three-specific career clusters in the development of their program.

Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

This Career Cluster® is focused on designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism and entertainment services.

Architecture and Construction

This Career Cluster® is focused on careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment.

Education and Training

This Career Cluster® is focused on planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services.

Information Technology

This Career Cluster® is focused on building linkages in information technology occupations for entry level, technical and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services.


This Career Cluster® is focused on planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing, and process engineering.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

This Career Cluster® is focused on planning, managing and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

This Career Cluster® is focused on planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance

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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:

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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 must 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

Online Resources

  • Canva - 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.
  • Career Zones - The place to explore careers related to your strengths, skills and talents. There are 6 career clusters that can be explored. Arts & Humanities, Business & Information Systems, Engineering & Technology Services, Health Services, Nature & Agricultural Sciences, and Human & Public Services.
  • 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!
  • Enneagram - Is a free Enneagram personality test will show you 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 and is FREE. The report is immediate.
  • Everfi - Everfi is a platform for creating community impact that’s customizable, measurable, inspiring, and easy. It offers Workplace Training, Financial Education, Higher Education and Community Engagement modules.
  • Flipgrid - 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!
  • 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 distant 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 distant learning. 
  • 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.
  • HyperDocs - HyperDocs are Google Docs that are self-contained lessons or units. The idea has taken hold in modern education. They 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. They can also be used for substitute teacher plans, video or podcast playlists, learning centers or stations. student-made HyperDocs.
  • Kahoot! - 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. 
  • 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.
  • Menti -  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. 
  • Minecraft Education Edition - Educators visiting the 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.
  • MyCAERT- 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. Once on the MyCAERT website, in the upper right-hand corner will be a YELLOW box labeled questions.  Enter your information into the question box to request access.
  • Nearpod- 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).
  • Nepris- virtually connects educators and learners with a network of industry professionals, bringing real-world relevance and career exposure to all students. Nepris also provides a skills-based volunteering platform for organizations to extend education outreach, and build their brand among the future workforce.
  • - Next Generation Personal Finance - this site is free. It contains 9 wk, semester, and full year curriculum for middle and high school.
  • - 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.  Teacher is in full control of the student and parent access.
  • Pear Deck - this is a sidebar to add to Google Slides. It 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/yr, custom for district.  Web site has the options available for pricing listed. 
  • Perusall-  this tool indicates it wants to change the mindset of reading from a solitary task to a more group oriented task. It wants to make reading fun and make sure students come to class prepared. This site does have some free options.
  • -   This web-based tool is supplied and supported by the University of Colorado. The sites 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.
  • - 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.
  • Quizlet - Allows teachers to create or use existing study material. The tool tracks students progress through the material. Great online tool and also classroom tool.  30 day free trial, otherwise $35.99 /year
  • Reality Store - The is 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 or a CD for $50, or both for $75 is available.
  • 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.
  • Schoology - 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.
  • Screencastify- 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.
  • Screencast-o-matic - 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.
  • Socrative- 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.
  • Teaching21st - Many free resources to support the Common Core and to meet 21st Century Skills, including assessment and rubrics, virtual field trips, and internet safety.
  • – 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.
  • Virtual Box - Allows users to run other types of platforms other than what is on their computer. Ideal when teaching different operating systems.
  • YouTube - Large library of videos that can be used as supplemental instruction. Can also upload their own videos. Free.
  • Zoom- Online platform to host meetings, webinars, conference rooms, chat, and phone system. Free version.
  • 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.
  • ZyBooks - Interactive textbook for STEM classes. Must contact company for prices. Can get free demo.
  • 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.

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