NCLA Mission & Purpose

The purpose of NCLA shall be to provide leadership and advocacy in the promotion and development of career-technical education in the secondary and post secondary school systems of the United States and its territories. Through the mutual encouragement and assistance of the members in matters of organization, local state organizations will provide leadership to carry out the mission and goals of NCLA.


Career and Technical Education is a planned program of courses and learning experiences that begins with exploration of career options, supports basic academic and life skills, enables achievement of high academic standards, leadership, preparation for industry-defined work, and advanced and continuing education.