Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

CareerPrepped offers employability skill building tools where learners can develop, demonstrate, and then showcase their skills through badges and portfolios on a shareable personal website.

What This Includes

Skills addressed: Professionalism, Self-Awareness, Effective Communication, Working with Others, Teamwork, Analysis, Problem Solving, Time Management, Goal Setting

Learner resources

  • Skill Builders to learn fundamentals of each of 43 essential skills, with self-reflection and competency-based activities
  • Skill badges with evidence of proficiency
  • Digital career portfolio to document career learning experiences with work samples, projects, and achievements
  • Personal Career Site showcasing portfolio of work and skill badges, shareable with personalized URL, can be linked to social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook or a personal blog
  • Career Toolbox with a resume builder, interview prep videos, and career research and exploration tools, including links to O*NET and Indeed
  • Job Center with job postings, where users can search and save jobs along with notes to track job search process
  • Unlimited, lifelong user access to website

Instructor/program resources

  • Pick and choose from 43 self-directed Skill Builders resources for learners
  • Skill Builders can be delivered on-demand or embedded in current curriculum to support hybrid or blended learning
  • Learners demonstrate personal and workplace success skills knowledge with portfolios and badges
  • Teacher admin panel to enroll and track learner participation and progress
  • School or district admin panel to manage groups, create cohorts, assign admins (in a hierarchical structure)

Key Takeaways

  • CTE (Career & Technical Education) programs, colleges and districts can develop an employability credential with specific criteria using CareerPrepped resources such as Skill Builder activities and Skill Badges
  • The platform can be used by individual instructors or in an institution- or district-wide capacity.
  • All content is workplace-based.
  • Employers can collaborate with CTE programs, colleges, and school districts to get qualified job candidates and offer preferential treatment in hiring process.
  • Multimedia content is mobile-responsive, with clickable content, drop-down menus, and embedded videos.
  • CareerPrepped is available at no cost to nonprofit organizations in addition to ACTE member institutions and strategic partners.

CareerPrepped is run by MaxKnowledge, which was founded in 2002 as an online training provider for career training. It is the e-learning partner of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and runs the ACTE learning network. The organization operates a national ACTE learning network website, as well as a website for each state, where instructors can access credit-bearing professional development courses and students and instructors can access CareerPrepped. This resource was designed with input from employers, educators, and students, with additional feedback from field-testing the product. Free for nonprofits, CTE programs, and other stakeholders, CareerPrepped is used by more than 20,000 users.


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