Association for Career and Technical Education Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Human Resource Education, 1310 S. Sixth Street, 351 Education Building, Champaign, IL 61820. Web site: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/CTER/.
Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
This article presents the results of a national study of distance learning in postsecondary career and technical education (CTE). The main purpose of this study was to identify the current status and future trends associated with distance learning in postsecondary CTE. The results show that community colleges are actively involved in the delivery of CTE via distance learning. Internet-based courses are the most prominent form of distance learning in community college CTE programs, especially for credit courses. While some colleges are creating their own online programs, many are partnering with external providers (e.g., commercial vendors) and other colleges and universities to make credit and noncredit CTE courses available to students. It was noted that the community colleges are relying heavily on low-bandwidth technologies, although significant growth in all forms of Internet-based CTE courses and technologies is expected within the next three years.