The nation’s education system serves individuals of all ages and from all walks of life, but even education is not exempt from the impacts of our current economic crisis. Today, policy makers are being cornered into making tough choices. They must direct scarce funds toward education programs that produce maximum results, and reduce or even eliminate funds for programs that do not measure up. That pressure to demonstrate value certainly falls on Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. CTE must be reframed to shore up the economy by providing rigorous job training and secondary and postsecondary preparation that meet the needs of the labor market.