Dialing in on Career & Technical Education

The Journal of Research in Technical Careers (JRTC) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published twice yearly by the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ College of Education. JRTC provides an intellectual platform for sharing scholarship among researchers in career and post-secondary technical education and related disciplines. This includes, for example, agricultural science education, business and marketing education, engineering and technology education, family and consumer sciences education, health science education, trade and industrial education, and postsecondary education. Submissions are encouraged related to any of the career clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework.

Why is the JRTC important? Prior to this publication, there were two primary journals in this area,  neither of which is open-access, therefore limiting options for scholars to publish their work. JRTC has increased opportunities for the dissemination of scholarly activity in a field that has gained national prominence due to the recent increased emphasis on STEM disciplines.

National emphasis on CTE. We are supporting research that backs a national trend in CTE and associating the UNLV College of Education with that research. The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) authorized federal funding for CTE nationally; reauthorized in 2016 as the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. You can see more info on CTE in Dr. Xing and Dr.Gordon’s recent publication High Quality Career and Technical Education: Implications for Nevada published in the College’s Policy Issues in Nevada Education (2017)

JRTC accepts manuscripts for review and possible publication in all 16 career clusters and their career pathways from faculty, graduate students, and professionals working in the field.

National Career Clusters® Framework Career Clusters:

  1. Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  2. Architecture & Construction
  3. Arts, A/V Technology & Communication
  4. Business Management & Administration
  5. Education & training
  6. Finance
  7. Government & Public Administration
  8. Health Science
  9. Hospitality & Tourism
  10. Human Services
  11. Information Technology
  12. Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  13. Manufacturing
  14. Marketing
  15. Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  16. Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

For more information on submitting to or becoming a reviewer of the Journal of Research in Technical Careers, see our policies.

TESTED: Documentary Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

Nabbing a spot in one of New York City’s best public high schools can change kids’ lives—but who gets in?

Curtis Chin’s TESTED follows a dozen racially and socio-economically diverse 8th graders as they fight for a seat at one of these schools. Their only way in: to ace a single standardized test.

Join the College of Education’s MESA Abriendo Caminos team and the Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, & Ethnic Studies’ Asian and Asian American Studies program as we host a documentary screening and Q&A with TESTED’s filmmaker.


Friday, March 16, 2018
5-7 p.m.
Hendrix Auditorium

This event is free and registration is not required. 


About Curtis Chin

Curtis has written for ABC, Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon, and won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the San Diego Asian American Film Foundation. As a community activist, he co-founded the Asian American Writers Workshop and Asian Pacific Americans for Progress. His first film, Vincent Who? has screened at nearly 400 colleges, NGOs and corporations in four countries. Curtis is currently a visiting scholar at New York University.

Service through Social Activism: A Discussion with Dominican Sisters and Nobel Peace Prize Winners Carol Gilbert & Ardeth Platte

Looking into the eyes of children is certainly part of the conviction that has led two Catholic sisters, Carol Gilbert and Ardeth Platte, both former teachers, to a lifetime of preaching against and protesting nuclear weapons. Their personal protests started in Michigan in the 1980s, where their impassioned actions working with Home for Peace and Justice led lawmakers in the State of Michigan to declare it a nuclear weapons-free grounds, as it remains today.


Tuesday, March 6
7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30)
Tam Alumni Center Grand Hall

Registration is free and open to the public.


Sisters Carol and Ardeth have spent 23 years educating, organizing actions of nonviolence and resistance, and rallying their community at the Pentagon, White House, Embassies, United Nations, and many nuclear and war sites throughout the country. The two together have spent more than 15 years in jails and prisons during their years of activism and in working for justice and peace.

In 2017, the Sisters celebrated an historic moment when peace organizations and advocates from around the world joined together at the United Nations to write a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Treaty was signed on July 7, 2017 by 122 countries—the United States not among them.

Most notably, the group, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), of which Sisters Gilbert and Platte are part of, was recently awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of nuclear weapons.

Today, the sisters continue raising awareness about the use of nuclear weapons and the humanitarian and environmental disaster the world and its citizens would face if any country activated a weapon.

Second Annual Doctoral Colloquium

Join the College of Education for an evening of scholarship featuring faculty and student research. Registration is free and required. Dinner will be served.

Friday, February 23, 2018
5:00 -7:30 pm
Thomas & Mack Center Board Room and Meeting Rooms A-C


Are you interested in presenting your research at the Colloquium? Register to present a poster here.