CTE Momentum is a U.S. Department of Education annual challenge series to prepare high school students for rewarding careers and increase access to career and technical education.
Many careers require specialized skills, and all students need opportunities to build skills for future success. Career and technical education (CTE) programs offer students hands-on opportunities to apply knowledge and skills that they learn in classroom settings. By expanding access to CTE, high schools can equip students with the skills they need for in-demand careers with promising pathways for advancement.
Each year, the U.S. Department of Education will invite educators and high school students to participate in a new challenge focused on a topic of national importance. This annual series will empower educators with resources and inspiration to help American schools become centers of innovation and possibility.
The Department launched the series in March 2023 with the Your Place in Space Challenge, which inspires high school students to envision and pursue careers in the space industry. The challenge invites high schools to submit designs for a product or service that will contribute to space missions and exploration. Visit the Your Place in Space Challenge website to learn more.