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The mission of Career and Technical Education (CTE) is to contribute to the broad educational achievement of all students and to empower students with the skills required of 21st careers, post-secondary education/certification, and effective citizenry. The diffusion of information and communication technologies and a shrinking world economy have changed the landscape, requiring a sophisticated workforce that can apply knowledge and skills to unpredictable, real-world problems and situations; master high literacy (reading and writing), mathematics and science skills; have a deep understanding of factual knowledge; incorporate interpersonal and social skills; and use cognitive processes to solve problems. CTE programs incorporate the following standards in a project-based learning environment:​​​