Career Education Professional Development


New Teacher Institute (NTI)

NTI 2021 will be held at the Holiday Inn Select in Columbia, MO from August 1-4, 2021.

NEW for 2021: Participants will choose to attend NTI in-person or virtually. The same high-quality program will be provided in both formats. The virtual and in-person formats take place simultaneously August 1-4.

NTI is a four-day boot camp for new career and technical education teachers who are coming into teaching directly from industry. The purpose of NTI is to prepare novice teachers for their first day, week and month of school with an eye toward a successful first year. School district administrative approval is required for all participants. Eligible participants:

  • do not have an education degree
  • have never taught or have just finished their first year of teaching
  • have been hired by a Missouri public school district

Applications are due July 1, 2021. Registration is subject to availability after July 1, 2021. A $25 nonrefundable deposit is required for all participants, and registration is considered complete once that deposit is received by the Department.

Schools may reserve spots for NTI by submitting an application that indicates the content and grade level the new teacher will be teaching. A $25 nonrefundable deposit is required to save a spot.

Are you, or do you know of, an experienced Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher who would like to assist as a teacher leader for NTI 2021? This is a five-day commitment from July 31-August 4.  A stipend is paid for teacher leaders and expenses are reimbursed at the state rate. Teacher leaders work with a cohort of 5-7 new teachers throughout NTI by facilitating training and assistance with both in-person and virtual participants. Training and materials are provided. Interested CTE teachers should complete the application by April 15th at

Tech Centers That Work (TCTW)

Technical Centers That Work (TCTW) Grants

Due to COVID-19, new Technical Centers That Work (TCTW) grants were not issued for the 2020-2021 school year.  However, the Office of College and Career Readiness is pleased to announce that TCTW grants will once again be available to schools for the 2021-22 school year.  Career Centers, with district approval, are eligible to apply for these funds to assist them in their improvement efforts at the area career center or in combination with sending high schools, middle schools or their community colleges. 

TCTW is a program from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) that “helps leaders and teachers adopt continuous improvement practices that foster rigorous academic and career pathway curricula, project-based instruction, work-based learning and personalized supports.”   
Check out the SREB website for more information:

The application for new or continuing (after initial five year grant cycle has expired) state TCTW grants will be posted in March.  

FY20 TCTW Grant Recipients



Program Year

Boonville TCTW 2
Columbia TCTW & MMGW 2
Crowder TCTW & HSTW 2
Grand River Tech TCTW  2
Carrollton Area Career Center TCTW 3
Excelsior Springs Career Center and Middle School TCTW & MMGW 3
Nevada Career Center and Nevada High School TCTW & HSTW 3
Northland Career Center and Platte Co. High School TCTW & HSTW 3
Poplar Bluff TCTW 3
Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center/Cape Central High School TCTW & HSTW 4
Four Rivers Career Center TCTW 4
Kirksville Area Technical Center TCTW 4
Pike-Lincoln Technical Center TCTW 4
Warrensburg Area Career Center TCTW 4
Dallas County TCTW 5

Contact Janice Rehak at 573-526-4900 for further information.

CTE Mentoring

2017-2018 Career Education Mentoring Program

The Office of College and Career Readiness, Career Education Unit, is accepting protégé applications for the 2020-21 Career Education Mentoring Program.  The Career Education Mentoring Program is offered to new career education teachers and those teachers returning to the profession after extended absences.  For more information contact Roger Barnes. 

All applicants must read the social security number disclosure notice