Global Competence Through Career and Technical Education

Rapid economic, technological, and social changes are creating a world that is ever more interconnected. One in ten Americans is foreign born, and local communities—urban, suburban, and rural—are growing more diverse. To take advantage of global market opportunities, companies must hire workers with global competence—that is, the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance. U.S. educators face a critical new imperative: to prepare all students for work and civic roles in an environment where success increasingly requires the ability to compete, connect, and cooperate on an international scale.

One promising way in which students can learn about and apply global competencies is through career and technical education (CTE). With an anchor in preparing students for the careers of their choice and a focus on the critical academic, technical, and employability skills needed for success, CTE offers a natural platform on which to build global competencies. Globally minded CTE programs can provide the rigorous and authentic setting necessary to prepare students for the competitive world economy, while offering a more engaging, motivating, and relevant education experience.

However, currently, no tools or resources have been developed to assist CTE educators in understanding what global competence is, the importance for students’ future careers, or how to integrate it into what is already being taught in classrooms. This new project, funded by PMI Educational Foundation, and led by Asia Society in partnership with ACTE and Advance CTE, will aim to do just that.

Professional Development Tools

The Global Competence Through Career and Technical Education professional development course consists of two online, interactive, video-based, professional development modules and accompanying tools that can be customized to the local context. The tools can be used with the modules or as stand-alones.

Reports and Publications

Read reports and publications that make the case for global competence and global CTE.

Global CTE Toolkit

This accompanying toolkit provides additional resources, including: sample projects ready to be used in CTE classrooms, global career planning resources, workforce readiness rubrics, crosswalks of global education and CTE standards, global career profile videos, talking points, and more.

Explore the toolkit!

Professional Development Modules

Module One

The modules are currently being piloted and will be ready in 2017. For any questions please contact Heather Singmaster.

The first module will introduce the concept of global competence and make the case for why it is important for career and technical education. A project management approach to instruction will be reinforced throughout the module. This module will include:

  • Chapters and articles defining global competence.
  • Career profile interviews featuring a range of professionals speaking to the global nature of their careers and the importance of project management.
  • Global leadership performance outcomes (learning targets) and rubrics to guide instruction and assessment.
  • Career exploration projects to assist students in exploring global careers.
  • Talking points for getting started and getting buy-in from school leaders and administrators.

Module Two

The second module will introduce teachers to how global issues and project management approaches can be integrated into existing curriculum. This module will also demonstrate how global competence and project management already align to CTE standards and classrooms. This module will include:

  • Crosswalks of the Common Career Technical Core (common CTE standards), global competencies, and project management to identify their overlap and natural alignment.
  • Review of the global components of the Career Ready Practices developed by Advance CTE and 42 states.
  • Sample projects and units integrated with global themes and content.
  • Existing tools related to project management.

An Advisory Group is overseeing the work and a pilot phase, currently underway, will help to refine the course and tools. 

The modules are currently being piloted and will be ready in 2017. For any questions please contact Heather Singmaster.

Project Partners

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. Their mission is to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce. With over 29,000 members in every U.S. state, their membership and reach will be instrumental to this project.

Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.

Advance Cte: State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work is the longest-standing national nonprofit that represents State Directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across all 50 states and U.S. territories. Advance CTE was formerly known as the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc).


PMI Educational Foundation: The mission of the PMI Educational Foundation, a charitable nonprofit organization, is to inspire and empower people to realize their potential and transform their lives and their communities through the use of project management knowledge. Our vision is that all people worldwide have a better tomorrow by applying project management skills in their daily lives.