In our global economy, the need to strengthen the competitiveness of the American workforce is one of the most urgent challenges we now face as a nation.
To this end, the U.S. Department of Education will join with America’s innovators through a series of prize competitions to develop new standards, products, and services to both increase access to and expand the capacity of career and technical education.

Past Challenges

Reach Higher Career App Challenge

Reach Higher Career App Challenge

Launched October 7, 2015

The Reach Higher Career App Challenge calls upon app developers, educators, and data mavens to submit mobile solutions that help students navigate education and career paths, and increase the capacity of career counselors to serve students.

EdSim Challenge

EdSim Challenge

Launched November 2, 2016

The EdSim Challenge calls upon the virtual reality, video game developer, and educational technology communities to submit concepts for immersive simulations that will prepare students for the globally competitive workforce of the 21st century.

CTE Makeover Challenge

CTE Makeover Challenge

Launched March 9, 2016

ED launched the CTE Makeover Challenge to inspire schools to design makerspaces that strengthen career and technical skills through making.

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