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.

Want to support the JRTC? Donate at the UNLV Foundation Website by selecting “Journal of Research in Technical Careers.”